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Alison Rossi is the founder and executive director of the CT Diamond Club located in East Hartford. She also works full-time as a named account executive with NWN Carousel.
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Company: NWN Carousel; CT Diamond Club
Title: Named Account Executive; Founder/Executive Director
Number of years with current company: 6; 7
Town where I live: Vernon
Town where I work: Vernon College: Central Connecticut University
Highest degree: Master’s in educational technology
As director of the CT Diamond Club, she is responsible for the operations, growth and development of 120 players per season. The mission of the CT Diamond Club is to use softball as a platform to develop strong, independent women.
As a named account executive at NWN Carousel, Rossi manages strategic accounts in Connecticut to align their business vision with their technology strategy.
What’s been your biggest professional accomplishment so far in your career?
My biggest professional achievement was completing my master’s degree in educational technology. I started it while in my fifth year at CCSU and wasn’t sure I would complete it. However, through the support of family and friends, I completed this degree with Summa Cum Laude honors. The practical knowledge that I gained during this experience is still used on a daily basis.
How are you involved in the community?
My work in the community is based within my work at the CT Diamond Club. Each year, I work with more than 200 athletes to help them achieve their goals on and off the field. Whether I’m tutoring an athlete before practice, explaining an advanced hitting concept or drawing out plays on a whiteboard for kids, I live for that moment when they ‘get it.’
What do you like to do outside of work?
If I am not working on the Diamond Club or work, you can find me reading, doing impossible jigsaw puzzles or catching a Broadway show. There is nothing better than a live musical!
Why do you deserve to be a 40 Under Forty?
- Founded CT Diamond Club and successfully grew to physical capacity.
- Awarded NWN Carousel Achiever’s Club.
- Placed athletes at schools in line with their academic goals.
- Manage 11 high-performing softball teams within state.
One of my favorite things to do is read amazing books out loud and attempt to do the voices.
If you had a theme song, what would it be?
“85” – Andy Grammar
What are two things that you would like to achieve before you turn 40?
I’d like to see my 2023 graduates all placed in college. They were the first class that came through the Diamond Club so that would really bring things full circle. Also, I want to buy a boat and start writing a novel.
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