Connie Russell GorumCEO
CL Russell Group
As a multifacted entrepreneur, Connie leads a diverse business portfolio across the Workforce Development, Military and Fashion industry. As a teen entrepreneur, Connie was known for styling and selling hats which gave her the distinct nickname of the ‘Fabulous Hat Lady’. Today she still is known for styling and wearing fabulous hats literally and figuratively. Connie is the Founder and CEO of C. L. Russell Group, LLC (CLRG) – a learning and development consulting company designing customized training solutions. She is also the founder of the Fashionista Entrepreneur Academy (FashionistaEA) - an entrepreneur learning academy strategically designed to teach young girls in elementary schools entrepreneurship basics. These companies were created from her vision as a teenage mother. She recognized the need to empower and create greater opportunities for youth and young adults experiencing the challenges of early life & workforce skills development in order to achieve success. Her first step towards a lifetime opportunity was her enlistment in the United States Navy upon graduating from high school. Connie received an honorable discharge and is now a Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB). Connie is also a veteran graduate of the Syracuse University ‘Women Veteran Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship (V-Wise) Program and the Kaufman FastTrac Veteran Entrepreneur Program.