Luminary Award 2017 at Hartford Marriott Downtown, May 11

Date: May 11, 2017

Time: 5:30 pm

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.

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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.


Hartford Marriott Downtown
200 Columbus Boulevard
Hartford, CT 06103