Small/Medium Business Innovation & Leadership Finalists

Awarded to a woman who has at least three years of managerial or technical experience in technology, science or engineering who has managed a program, project, or business unit in an exemplary way in a small/medium company (fewer than 499 employees).

ANGELA CACACE

Small/Medium Business Innovation & Leadership Finalist

Occupation
Vice President, Neuroscience
Organization
Arvinas, Inc.
Hometown
Haddam Neck, CT
Passion
Angela has a passion for biotechnology and inspiring STEM careers applied to innovative therapies.
Bio
Angela is driven by a passion for innovation and STEM. Responsible for building the neuroscience pipeline and leading the targeted-degradation platform biology team at Arvinas, Angela also devotes her time to mentorship, volunteering in support of patient advocacy groups, and initiating biotechnology student training programs. She is frequently asked to present at conferences internationally. Notably, Angela has co-invented novel molecules and contributed to the discovery of approved therapies.
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ANTONIA CIAVERELLA

Small/Medium Business Innovation & Leadership Finalist

Occupation
Architectural Designer
Organization
Tecton Architects
Hometown
Manchester, CT
Passion
Antonia is passionate about supporting the aspirations of others; this brings her the greatest joy.
Bio
Antonia is a designer, mentor, and continuous learner. Inspired by years on stage crew creating and changing environments behind the scenes, she now explores our spatial experience through the lens of architecture, wellness, and evidence-based practice. A graduate of Virginia Tech, she embraces their motto of service through mentorship and teaching. Antonia’s focus on sustainability and health sets the stage for occupants to play leading roles in a building’s performance.
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ANN FLYNN

Small/Medium Business Innovation & Leadership Finalist

Occupation
Founder and CEO
Organization
IQ Telecom (IQT)
Hometown
West Hartford, CT
Passion
Ann is passionate about using technology to provide companies visibility, which assists them in reducing and managing costs.
Bio
Ann has been a leader and entrepreneur in the telecommunications industry for more than 40 years. She developed a customized, innovative inventory and expense management software platform, IQ 360, and founded IQ Telecom (IQT), which will celebrate 20 years in business next year. IQT manages an annual revenue in excess of $100 million at more than 5,000 locations. Ann holds a bachelor’s degree in Information Management and an Executive Certificate from Dartmouth College.
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MICHELLE JOHNSON

Small/Medium Business Innovation & Leadership Finalist

Occupation
Chief Operating Officer
Organization
Metrum Research Group
Hometown
Holliston, MA
Passion
Michelle is a marketer to the core, living a life of operational leadership.
Bio
Michelle brings over 15 years of business management experience from a variety of industries including media and athletics to her current role as Chief Operating Officer at MetrumRG. With an MBA from Babson College, she has extensive training and practical experience in entrepreneurial business strategy, market positioning, and management of diverse teams. A marketer by training, Michelle is driven by a creative and consistent approach to communication across various key stakeholders.
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CARRIE MCCUSKER

Small/Medium Business Innovation & Leadership Winner

Occupation
Technical Lead
Organization
Sonalysts
Hometown
Waterford, CT
Passion
Carrie is passionate about creating superior software within an engineering environment that fosters innovation opportunities.
Bio
Carrie has developed software solutions for Sonalysts, Incorporated for over 25 years, in areas spanning anti-submarine warfare, weather analysis, and satellite training systems for the Air Force. Currently the Technical Lead for development of a GPS satellite command and control trainer for U.S. Space Force satellite operators, she spearheaded the creation of Sonalysts’ Innovation Group (SIG) whose mission is to recognize and promote innovation and entrepreneurship within the company.
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MELISSA PETRUSKA

Small/Medium Business Innovation & Leadership Finalist

Occupation
Senior Research Scientist
Organization
Sonata Scientific, LLC
Hometown
Allentown, PA
Passion
Melissa is passionate about creating and implementing technology to enhance well-being and protect the environment.
Bio
Throughout her career, Melissa has delivered innovative materials solutions to technical and environmental challenges. In her current role as senior researcher and principal investigator at Sonata Scientific, Melissa develops novel catalysts for air purification and self-disinfecting surfaces. These materials can be used in diverse ways to improve air quality, increase the shelf life of fresh produce, and provide protection against surface-borne bacteria and viruses.
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