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PRESS RELEASE: CT Women’s Hall of Fame Announces Global Impact Honorees




June 25, 2015 | New Haven, CT – In addition to inducting Carolyn Miles, Indra Nooyi, and Margaret Bourke-White at its 22nd Annual Induction Ceremony & Celebration, “Connecticut Women – Global Impact,” on November 12, 2015, the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame (CWHF) announces the following Global Impact Honorees for 2015:

Elizabeth Bradley, Ph.D.

Professor, Yale School of Public Health & Faculty Director, Yale Global Health Leadership Institute

Global health and management expert recognized for her work in strengthening healthcare systems in the U.S. and developing countries through quality of care improvements and implementation of health innovations

Theresa Devins, DrPH

Associate Director, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Leader in multi-national pharmaceutical megatrials with specific focus on retention efforts and minimizing data loss as well as increasing the participation of women and minorities in clinical trials

Maryam Elahi

President and CEO, Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut

Respected international human rights lawyer, advocate and scholar who established the first undergraduate college human rights program in the United States at Trinity College in Hartford

Rachel Granger

Vice President of International Partnerships & Programs, AmeriCares

Expert with deep experience in long-term disaster recovery overseeing emergency response efforts and delivering ongoing medical aid through programs and partnerships in over 40 countries worldwide including Haiti, India and El Salvador

Carolyn Kuan

Music Director, Hartford Symphony Orchestra

Internationally recognized as a conductor of extraordinary versatility and an expert in Asian and contemporary music, bridging the gap between cultural and social issues including global environmental conservation

Ilana Odess

CEO, Woven Orthopedic Technologies

Award-winning entrepreneur known for shepherding science and healthcare companies from concept to clinical application and sustainable multi-billion-dollar businesses acquired by multi-national corporations

Heidi Paul

Executive Vice President for Corporate Affairs, Nestlé Waters North America

Experienced corporate affairs professional overseeing sustainability and citizenship, former Chair and current Board member for Project WET, an initiative that educates children, parents, teachers and community members about global water issues

Robin Tauck

Co-Owner and former President & CEO, Tauck, Inc.

Travel business leader and philanthropist creating positive social, cultural and economic change worldwide through sustainable tourism, authentic cultural experiences, public-private partnerships and the protection of environmental and cultural heritage

Megan Clark Torrey

Executive Director, World Affairs Council of Connecticut

Leader in raising local awareness of world issues through world-class community programming, including initiatives to equip Connecticut students with essential skills necessary to navigate the global marketplace

Carol P. Wallace

Chairman, President & CEO, Cooper-Atkins Corporation

Award-winning CEO in manufacturing monitoring solutions for the global foodservice, healthcare, HVAC/R, industrial and OEM markets, recently recognized with the President’s E-Award for the company’s growth in exports

“The impressive contributions of this year’s Honorees demonstrate the broad impact Connecticut women are having here at home and abroad,” says Katherine Wiltshire, executive director of the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame. “In diverse fields representing both the corporate and non-profit worlds, their leadership and achievements inspire new generations to reach across borders to advance our global community.”

Made possible by platinum sponsor Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. and other distinguished sponsors, the CWHF’s 22nd Annual Induction Ceremony & Celebration will take place on Thursday, November 12, 2015, at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford. This year’s event will recognize three remarkable women who have pushed through boundaries and barriers and whose achievements demonstrate the diverse ways in which Connecticut women are having a global impact. They are: Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children, international leader creating change for children around the world; Indra Nooyi, chairman and CEO of PepsiCo known for her global leadership, strategy, corporate responsibility, and sustainability efforts; and Margaret Bourke-White (1904-1971), the first female photographer for Life magazine and first female American war photojournalist.

The mission of the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame (CWHF) is to honor publicly the achievements of Connecticut women, preserve their stories, educate the public and inspire the continued achievements of women and girls. Founded in 1994 in Hartford, CWHF is a provider of innovative educational programs and tools that inspire women and girls to believe in their unlimited potential. Our 109 Inductees are role models for women of all ages, and their stories are proof of all that women can accomplish. We leverage these powerful stories and make history relevant through programs for educators, multi-media presentations and traveling exhibits offered free-of-charge. Our work fosters the courage and confidence women need to overcome barriers and advocate on their own behalf. Each year, we show 50,000 women and girls what’s possible and empower them to take an active role in shaping their future. The CWHF website,, is a “Virtual Hall” where visitors can explore all that CWHF has to offer. To join CWHF via social media, find and like CTWomen on Facebook and follow @CTWomen on Twitter.

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