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Dean M. Brenner

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Dean cares deeply about two things: the community of people in his life, and the mission of The Latimer Group. Dean has spent the last seventeen years building an organization that helps people find their voice in a noisy world. His academic background fits perfectly with his Latimer life: an MBA from Babson College, an MA in English from The University of Warwick, and a BA in English from Georgetown. In his spare time, Dean relishes time with his family and cheers loudly for the Yankees and his fantasy football team.

Dean M. Brenner

President & Founder

Whitney C. Sweeney

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With a background in psychology, Whitney understands what makes people “tick”. She combines that education and skillset with a natural ability to connect with diverse groups of people. Not surprisingly, Whitney finds herself at home as Director of Client Relationships. Every client is different, and that is why she works closely with clients to tailor The Latimer Group’s services to their unique needs. Outside of work, Whitney connects with an even broader audience through her work in the community and as President of the Junior League of Hartford.

Whitney C. Sweeney

Director of Client Relations

Hannah A. Morris

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Hannah loves studying and teaching language and communication. Hannah draws on her 10 years in education, developing curriculum, delivering content and driving evaluation and feedback, to enrich all aspects of the Latimer experience. Her goal is to ensure that participants receive constructive, actionable feedback to develop their communication skills and make a lasting impact on their careers. Hannah lives in Wallingford with her husband and three young children who are becoming more and more persuasive in their communication each day.

Hannah A. Morris

Director of Assessment & Advancement

Kendra E. Raguckas

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Throughout her career, Kendra has been fortunate to have mentors who invested in her success which created a passion for continued learning. She believes that investing in an employee’s success through training has a direct correlation to the company’s success. As the Director of Instructional Design and Technology, she uses her Master of Science in Instructional Design to create interactive and engaging workshops and eLearning. Kendra’s “learner-focused” approach is driven by outcomes and the participant’s experience to ensure content retention. At home, Kendra focuses her creativity into cooking for those she loves most.

Kendra E. Raguckas

Director of Instructional Design & Technology

Jordan Morris

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After dropping out of engineering school with nary a backup plan, Jordan faced a question everyone must confront at some point: “What am I passionate about?” After some soul-searching, Jordan found that his passions are in stories and people. With connection and communication being so vital to his two passions, finding his way to The Latimer Group makes all the sense in the world. And, as Marketing & Operations Associate here, Jordan enjoys the ability to help connect people with the communication skills necessary for them to tell their own stories. Fittingly, when not working, Jordan spends time with the people he cares about and attempts to read too many books at once.

Jordan A. DeFreitas

Marketing & Operations Associate

Daniel J. Cooney

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Dan believes three things: that communications skills are power skills; they can be learned by anyone; and that clear, purposeful communication is a critical element of building human connection. He brings 30 years of leadership experience in business, government, politics, and not-for-profits, and speaks the languages of finance, insurance and tech. Dan’s facilitation strengths include identifying and accentuating your natural strengths, while still Illuminating your areas for substantial development. When not with The Latimer Group, Dan leads The Cooney Company, a marketing and communications consulting firm.

Daniel J. Cooney

Senior Facilitator

Board of Advisors

Phil Bonanno, Client Partner, Facebook
Emily Brenner, Co-owner, The Latimer Group
Mike Davis, Managing Director, RBC Capital Markets
Bryan Gildenberg, Chief Knowledge Officer, Kantar Retail
Bill Goggins, CEO, Harken Yacht Equipment
Alix Hahn, Partner, Prophet Brand Strategy
Josh Levine, Chief Financial Officer, NTE Energy
Thomas Lips, Managing Director, UBS Financial Services, Inc.