Aurora's Luminary Luncheon

Friday, November 1, 2019

11:30-1:30 p.m., Hartford Marriott Downtown

Sleep in….because Aurora’s Annual Breakfast event will now be a luncheon!  Aurora’s Luminary Luncheon is the Aurora Foundation’s primary fundraiser. Net proceeds will support Aurora’s community investments, focused on women’s college success programs, enabling more women in the Greater Hartford region to earn a college degree.







Featured Speaker ~ Minda Harts

Minda Harts is the founder of The Memo LLC, a career development company, and author of the soon to be released book “The Memo,” a career advice guide best described as the “Lean In” for women of color.  Minda hosts a weekly podcast called “Secure the Seat” and has been featured in Forbes, CNBC, The Guardian, The Washington Post, and Fast Company.  In 2016, Minda was nominated as a Change Maker at The White House State of Women Summit.


2019 Honorees

Philanthropist of the Year

Francine Austin, Business Owner and Community Philanthropist


Young Philanthropist of the Year

Sanmati Choudhary, Farmington High School


Emerging Young Philanthropists

Nina Faynshtayn, Hall High School

Sarah Anne Ackels, Simsbury High School

Thank you to our generous 2019 supporters!

Sponsors (as of June 1, 2019)

Champion Sponsors

Pillar Sponsors

Bank of America

Liberty Bank


Innovator Sponsors

The Barnes Group

Fiduciary Investment Advisors

US Trust/BOA Private Bank

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP


Change Agent Sponsors

Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield


Cantor Colburn LLP

Essex Financial Services

Hoffman Auto Group