At a sold-out event, Ladies Who Launch and Unleash Your Voice celebrated the accomplishments of local women during a special luncheon in honor of Women's History Month.

Kathy McShane, managing director of Ladies Who Launch, Connecticut, was the co-host and co-developer of the Women's History Month panel. She said, "We plan to make this event even larger next year. We received so many nominations that we know that there are many more women out there that should be recognized."

The event was co-hosted by Allyson Spellman, a former actress, author, life coach and founder of Unleash Your Voice. She previously was an entertainment producer and casting director who has worked in various capacities for TV, film and Broadway. "The event exceeded my expectations. My only regret was we didn't have enough room for more people attend."

Also on the panel were Lauren Collier, a part-time meteorologist for News 12 Connecticut; Millie Grenough, coach, author of 10 books, motivational speaker and clinical instructor in psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine; and Dianna Russini, a sports anchor and news reporter for NBC CT who started her local news television career at News 12 Hudson Valley in New York as a general assignment reporter.

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