Goodwin College to Present Third Installment of Vital Voices in Entrepreneurship

On Wednesday, February 26, Stew Leonard Jr., President and CEO of Stew Leonard’s, will be speaking at Goodwin College’s third installment of Vital Voices in Entrepreneurship, a speaker series focused on first-hand perspectives of leaders who are making their mark in business and the community.

Stew Leonard, Jr.

Stew Leonard, Jr.

The event, hosted by Goodwin College and sponsored by the East Hartford Chamber of Commerce, begins at 5 p.m. with a cocktail hour where attendees, including community business leaders and Goodwin College students, alumni and staff, can network and share ideas.

Hors d’oeuvres will be provided by Stew Leonard’s Catering, and beer and wine will be provided by J Restaurant Bar.  The keynote address will begin at 6 p.m.

Stew Leonard’s is a unique family owned and operated fresh farm food store with annual sales in excess of $400 million. Originally opened as a small dairy store in 1969 selling only 7 items, the company now has four locations in Connecticut and New York, operates nine wine stores in the tri-state area, and welcomes more than 20 million visitors to their stores every year.

Stew Leonard’s has been dubbed the “Disneyland of Dairy Stores” by The New York Times for its commitment to freshness, quality and in-store entertainment and has earned world-wide acclaim for its distinctive approach to retailing and customer service. It has been featured in two of management expert Tom Peters’ books, A Passion for Excellence and Thriving on Chaos, and was included on FORTUNE Magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for ten consecutive years.  The company is also listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for having “the greatest sales per unit area of any single food store in the United States.”

The event is free and open to the public and will take place at Goodwin College, One Riverside Drive, East Hartford, CT 06118. Attendees are required to RSVP by Wednesday, February 19 to Vanessa Pergolizzi, Alumni Relations Coordinator, at 860-913-2160 or by email at


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