Induction Ceremony 2013

Event Details

20th Annual Induction Ceremony & Celebration
Women's Education - Women's Empowerment
Wednesday, November 6, 2013    6:00-9:00 P.M.
Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford, CT

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U.S. representative of Connecticut's 3rd District since 1990, sharp political strategist and champion of women's causes

Barbara Hackman Franklin

President and CEO of Barbara Franklin Enterprises, 29th U.S. Secretary of Commerce, led the first White House effort to recruit women for high-level government jobs

Linda Koch Lorimer

Vice President of Yale University, visionary leader in higher education, spearheading strategic partnerships locally and abroad

Augusta Lewis Troup

Union organizer, journalist and promoter of the suffrage movement, beloved educator and advocate for teachers and minority groups



2013 Education and Empowerment Honorees

Andrée Aelion Brooks
Celebrated journalist and author committed to increasing the number of women running for public office
Founder and first President of Women's Campaign School at Yale

Carmen Cid
Long-time educator committed to advancing women and minorities in the field of science
Dean of Arts & Sciences, Eastern Connecticut State University

Julie DeGennaro
20-year advocate developing gender-specific programming to better serve high-risk girls
Associate Director, Domus

Merle Harris
Pioneer for online education and promotion of women moving back into the workforce
Retired President, Charter Oak State College

Donna Palomba
Award-winning advocate improving society's response to victims of sexual assault through education, legislation and training
Founder, Jane Doe No More, Inc.

Fran Pastore
Leader promoting women's economic empowerment and self-reliance
Founder, President, CEO, Women's Business Development Council

Alice Pritchard
Nationally recognized expert empowering women and girls to achieve equal opportunities in their personal and professional lives
Executive Director, Connecticut Women's Education and Legal Fund (CWEALF)

Jessica Sager / Janna Wagner
Innovative leaders lifting standards and availability of childcare and empowering women to become childcare providers
Executive Director/Chief Knowledge and Learning Officer, Co-Founders, All Our Kin

Lynne Williamson
Creator of The Sewing Circle providing support and skills for immigrant women
Director, CT Cultural Heritage Arts Project, The Institute for Community Research

Teresa Younger
Champion for women's rights, equality and economic opportunity
Executive Director, Permanent Commission on the Status of Women


Honorary Advisory Committee

We are grateful to the following women who served on this year's Honorary Advisory Committee and helped to identify the 2013 Honorees.


Kim Healey
Executive Director
NewAlliance Foundation


Patricia Russo
Executive Director
Women's Campaign School at Yale University

Lucy Ball
Executive Director
Lone Pine Foundation

Elsie Chapman
Retired Executive

Mary Coursey
Coursey & Company

Jennifer McGrady Heath
Executive Vice President
United Way of Greater New Haven

Thea Montanez
Director of Marketing Programs
The Hartford Financial Services Group, Inc.

Brooke Penders
Vice President of Advancement
Goodwin College

Constance Royster, J.D.
Director of Development
Yale Divinity School

Event Sponsors

(as of 9/16/13)


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Gold Sponsors:



Mahoney & Sabol
















Silver Sponsors:













Bronze Sponsors:


Connecticut Democratic Party


Farmington Bank

First Niagara

Gengras Motor Cars

Hoffman Audi of East Hartford & New London

Hollins University

Murtha Cullina LLP

National Association of Corporate Directors

People's United Bank

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Sheila Moses, CPA, P.C.

Shipman Goodwin LLP

Southern Connecticut State University

Wiggin and Dana LLP