Ladies Who Launch hosted Linda McMahon at a gathering in New Canaan on Dec. 12. The event was held at the home of Kathy McShane, managing director of Ladies Who Launch, Southwestern Conn., and was attended by 35 members.

McMahon is seeking the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Joseph Lieberman. Lieberman has announced that he will not run for reelection.

In her bid for Christopher Dodd's Senate seat in 2010, McMahon received only 34 percent of the female vote. In this current campaign, she is meeting with groups of women like Ladies Who Launch in an effort to strengthen her position among those women voters. Meetings like this are being held three to four times a week throughout the State.

The session began with McMahon describing her childhood and upbringing. She was born in North Carolina, the only child of civilian employees at a nearby Marine base. She described being raised "in a traditional, conservative, Catholic" manner. Her father raised her as a "jock," and taught her to play basketball and baseball.

Her mother was friends with Vince McMahon's mother and Linda was introduced to the 16-year-old when she was 13. They dated through high school and got married shortly after she graduated. She was a French major at East Carolina University where she also obtained a teaching certification.

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Vince McMahon worked as an independent promoter for his father's company, Capitol Wrestling in Washington, D.C. The young family was not financially successful and, in 1976, filed for bankruptcy. Linda McMahon stated that one of the reasons she was seeking office was because she feels that young people do not have the opportunities that she and her husband had. She also stated that she would not take health care benefits from the government.

Following this brief introduction, McMahon then took questions, covering important current topics such as the housing market, job creation, health care and the state of the economy.

Ladies Who Launch helps women develop new businesses and grow existing ones. It does so by offering workshops, small group developmental meetings, mastermind groups and incubator workshops, as well as one-on-one counseling.

McShane brings 25 years of marketing and product/brand development expertise to the Ladies Who Launch organization. She serves on the Boards of Directors of both the Bank of New Canaan and the Norwalk Hospital Foundation. She is also co-chairman of Norwalk Hospital's Circle of Caring. She created the non-profit "Exceptional Woman Series," a program that recognizes women leaders in Fairfield County. McShane is a successful marketing entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience. She founded Kendrew Group, Ltd., an award-winning marketing organization. She is an adjunct professor at New York University.

For more information or for membership information, visit, http://ladieswholaunch.com/southwestct or call 203-803-9591.