On October 27, 2023, Dr. Melissa-Sue John received the CT Women Rising Award in a prestigious ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Greenwich. The event featured prominent figures, including Senator Blumenthal and Governor Lamont. Fran Pastore highlighted the historical challenges women faced in obtaining credit. Lieutenant Governor Susan Bysiewicz discussed the need for empowering women in business, especially in light of the unequal distribution of PPP Loans. Videos showcased inspiring entrepreneurs, and Impact Awards were presented to Leander Dolphin and Jeffrey A. Flaks. Keynote speaker Katrina Adams shared her wisdom, making it a remarkable event that celebrated women entrepreneurs and leaders.