HARTFORD – The Hartford Business Journal will celebrate the achievements of eight remarkable women at its eighth annual Women in Business awards luncheon on May 5 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. Among this year’s honorees are entrepreneurs, CEOs, senior-level executives, and philanthropists.

The eight women being honored at this year’s awards luncheon, include:

Beth Stafford, CEO, Manchester Conference of Churches in Manchester (Manchester resident)

Lynn Ricci, Senior Vice President, Administration, Hospital for Special Care in New Britain (Killingworth resident)

Jeanne B. Merola, Senior Vice President, The Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection and Insurance Co. in Hartford (Rocky Hill resident)

Lucille Janatka, President & CEO, MidState Medical Center, and Senior Vice President, Hartford Health Care in Meriden (Woodbury resident)

Molly Rees Gavin, President, Connecticut Community Care, Inc., in Bristol (Farmington resident)

Jody Ferrer, President, The Perfect Promotion in West Hartford (West Hartford resident)

Bonnie Del Conte, President and CEO, CONNSTEP in Rocky Hill (Bristol resident)

Kathleen Bromage, Senior Vice President of e-Business, Hartford Financial Services Group in Hartford (West Granby resident)

“Each of the women we are honoring are innovators and change agents within their respective organizations,” said Gail Lebert, publisher of the Hartford Business Journal. “We are thrilled to recognize the achievements of these leading ladies and look forward to an inspiring event.”

In addition to recognizing the achievements of eight remarkable women, Hartford Business Journal’s Women in Business awards luncheon will feature a keynote address by Linda Spevacek, executive coach and author. Spevacek is founder of The Launch Companies LLC and co-founder of Corporate Umami Enterprises LLC and will motivate the audience with her Become the CEO of Your Life address.

Admission to Women in Business is $65 per person or $600 for groups of ten, and after April 28, tickets will be $75/$700. To register online go to www.hartfordbusiness.com or for more information, visit http://www.hartfordbusiness.com/event/women or contact Amy Orsini at aorsini@HartfordBusiness.com or (860) 236-9998 ext. 34.

Women in Business is sponsored by Comcast Business Class (presenting sponsor) and event sponsors Advanced Copy Technologies, Ovation Benefits, Pita Group, Robinson & Cole LLP, and WDRC-AM 1360. Event partners include: CT Convention Center, Via Panera Catering, Rider Productions, R2 Graphics, Keep in Touch, J. Fiereck Photography, The Perfect Promotion, and Co-Communications, Marketing & Public Relations.