Three women who made their mark internationally in their respective fields of endeavor will be honored by the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame at the 22nd Annual Induction Ceremony & Celebration this fall. The theme, “Connecticut Women - Global Impact” will be reflected in the noteworthy careers of:
- 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
- Margaret Bourke-White - First female photographer for Life magazine and first female American war photojournalist
The induction ceremony will be held on Thursday, November 12, 2015 at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford.
To be considered for induction to the Connecticut Women’s Hall of fame, a nominee must:
- be a Connecticut native and/or Connecticut resident
- be the first woman, historic or living, to achieve recognition in her field of endeavor; or have a lifetime of achievement in that field
- have made a significant statewide contribution to arts, athletics, business, government, philanthropy, humanities, science, education, etc.
Nooyi and her family live in Connecticut, and she previously earned a master’s degree at Yale University. Miles works in Fairfield, where the headquarters of the internationally acclaimed Save the Children is located. Bourke-White died in 1971 and lived in Connecticut in her later years, after an illustrious landmark career as a photo journalist, most notably for LIFE magazine.
The global Save the Children movement currently serves over 143 million children in the US and in more than 120 countries. Miles joined the organization in 1998, was COO from 2004-2011, and became President and CEO in September 2011. Under her senior leadership, the organization has more than doubled the number of children it reaches with nutrition, health, education and other programs. Miles was named this year as one of the 50 World's Greatest Leaders by Fortune magazine.
Nooyi is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo. In its global food and beverage portfolio, PepsiCo has 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in annual retail sales. PepsiCo's main businesses include Quaker, Tropicana, Gatorade, Frito-Lay and Pepsi-Cola, with more than $66 billion in annual net revenue.
The Induction Ceremony is the signature program of the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame, which brings the mission of the organization to life. From its inception in 1994, the Ceremony has been a forum for women to gather, share stories and celebrate the achievements of exceptional women who have paved the way for the current generation to enjoy freedoms and choices unheard of even a few decades ago.
While several living women are inducted into the Hall each year, the organization has traditionally placed heavy emphasis on uncovering the stories of extraordinary women and their accomplishments, “stories that heretofore have received little or no recognition.”
The Annual Induction Ceremony typically brings more than 800 of Connecticut’s civic, corporate and government leaders together. Each Inductee is honored with a short tribute film which chronicles her struggles and achievements. These films are currently produced by Karyl Evans, a five-time Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker in collaboration with CPTV’s film crew and are also used as educational tools throughout the year.
The Honorary Event Chair for the 2015 Induction Ceremony is Linda Koch Lorimer, Vice President for Global and Strategic Initiatives at Yale University.