Madison Resident Poised to Complete the QUEST of a Lifetime

Business and Professional

October 14, 2016

From: Leadership Greater Hartford

Madison resident Cynthia Martin is poised to graduate from Leadership Greater Hartford's (LGH) Quest Program.

In January 2016 Martin set off on a journey towards greater accomplishment and engagement by embarking on Quest, LGH's signature ten-month leadership development program.  Quest unites mid-career professionals from many different sectors nonprofit, government, education, business around the idea of growing stronger together through collaborative leadership and social responsibility.

A core component of the Quest program is community engagement. Participants connect with the community to identify needs and form diverse task forces to address those needs. Since 1986, these task forces have developed projects related to children and youth, community and economic development, arts and culture, support for the homeless and more. The experience creates a process for self discovery and growth Quest participants return to their organizations with stronger relational and leadership skills that they also apply to the communities in which they live and work.

Martin, the Director of Programs for the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ), shares, "I learned so much, I have been enlightened, and have many more tools in my toolbox. I can now articulate the definition of a leader - I am so grateful."

Martin is a member of Momentum - The Youth Empowerment task force; their goal is to provide resources via technology that assist in bridging the academic, employment and career divide for the youth of Hartford most in need of these services.

According to Quest program director Julie Connolly, "It has been an awe-inspiring experience for me this past year to observe how a group of individuals from widely diverse backgrounds can come together and practice collaborative leadership in order to affect meaningful change in the community. These skills appear particularly relevant and essential given how divided our society can sometimes feel."

We are accepting applications now for the 2017 Quest Program that begins in January, but the October 31 application deadline is fast approaching.  Please email Julie Connolly at or call 860.206.5069 for more information.

Leadership Greater Hartford (LGH) is a mission-driven, nonprofit organization that supports and strengthens the local community by training and connecting aspiring and established leaders. For more information about how to be a participant or sponsor, or to inquire about customized training with Leadership Greater Hartford, call 860-951-6161 (x1800), email visit, or follow LGH on Facebook and Twitter @leadershiphtfd.