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Luminary Award 2017

May 11, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

2017 Luminary Award Recipient

The World Affairs Council of CT is honored to award United Technologies (UTC) the 2017 Luminary Award.

The 2017 Luminary Award honors United Technologies for their global leadership in sustainability efforts from green aviation to green buildings. Through constant innovation and commitment to the environment, United Technologies is setting the highest standards of sustainability in Connecticut and across the world.


Keynote Speaker

Robert Ballard

Renowned Ocean Explorer and Scientist

Best known for his 1985 discovery of the Titanic, Dr. Robert Ballard has succeeded in tracking down numerous other significant shipwrecks, including the German battleship Bismarck, the lost fleet of Guadalcanal, the U.S. aircraft carrier Yorktown (sunk in the World War II Battle of Midway), and John F. Kennedy’s boat, PT-109.

Dr. Ballard is Founder and President of the Ocean Exploration Trust, Explorer-In-Residence at the National Geographic Society, and Commissioner for the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy. He served in the U.S. Navy for more than 30 years and continues to work with the Office of Naval Research. A pioneer in the development of deep-sea submersibles and remotely operated vehicle systems, he has taken part in more than 140 deep-sea expeditions.


Sponsorship Opportunites Available – contact Megan Torrey at mctorrey@ctwac.org 


About the Luminary Award

The annual Luminary Award is the signature event of the World Affairs Council of Connecticut. It honors one or more individuals or an organization from Connecticut that has profoundly influenced global affairs, with a strong emphasis on achieving the overall betterment of the world.


Luminary Award History

2004 – Harry Jack Gray, former Chairman of UTC –keynote The Honorable Alexander Haig

2005 – University of CT UNESCO Chair, keynote — keynote President Mary Robinson

2006 – Save the Children, keynote — keynote Cokie Roberts

2007 – Connecticut’s Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans — keynote General Eric Shinseki

2008 – ESPN International in recognition of their role in global sports diplomacy — keynote              Chris Berman

2010 – Former Secretary of State, Dr. Henry Kissinger

2011 – Association of Hole in the Wall Camps

2012 – Nobel Peace Prize Committee

2013 – Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation—A leading global innovator

2014 – AmeriCares  — keynote Ambassador Robert Ford

2015 – Peter G. Kelly, Esq. — keynote Senator Mark Warner of Virginia

2016 – Aerospace Components Manufacturers — keynote Colonel Mark Tillman




What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Parking is available in the many parking garages near the Marriott Downtown.


Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please email info@ctwac.org with any questions, or for more information on sponsorship.


May 11, 2017
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Hartford Marriott Downtown
200 Columbus Boulevard
Hartford, CT 06103 United States


The World Affairs Council of Connecticut