December 6, 2018

Hartford's reSET taps new managing director

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Sarah Bodley has been named reSET's new managing director.

Hartford startup incubator reSET Social Enterprise Trust has reshuffled its leadership team.

Founder Kate Emery announced Wednesday that Managing Director Ojala Naeem is stepping down in 2019 after serving in the post for six years. Sarah Bodley, a seasoned nonprofit leader from Washington, D.C., will succeed Naeem.

Naeem will help Bodley take over daily operations over the coming weeks. The organization said Naeem is leaving reSET when the transition is completed, but she expects to stay involved in Hartford's entrepreneurial community.

Emery said Naeem played a significant role in reSET's growth and success over the last six years and expects her to "continue to be a force for good within the community."

The managerial change is timely, Emery says, as reSET eyes developing a new strategic plan.

Bodley, a Connecticut native, held several leadership roles in the nation's capital.

Bodley most recently served as associate director of women's empowerment programs for the Latino Economic Development Center, which merged last year with the Empowered Women International, where she was the director of operations and acting executive director.

reSET, which partners with quasi-public Connecticut Innovations and MetroHartford Alliance, offers a business factory for coworking entrepreneurs, an internship program connecting students with startups and provides a four-month accelerator program. The organization is headquartered at 1429 Park St.

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