CIL40! Celebrating 40 Years.

Have you heard it's our 40th birthday? Time to party like it's 1979 (okay, maybe not quite that much). 

Join us as we celebrate forty years of developing visions. We will take a look back on the success of the past, and talk about our vision for the future.

This fun, social, networking event will feature a keynote speech by Jay Williams, President of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. 

All ticket proceeds will go towards funding CIL’s community-based programs, such as AccesSolutions, which provides home modifications for Connecticut residents in need. Special guests include: 

  • Marty Legault, CIL's first employee and longtime President/CEO
  • Quincy Abbot, Author and advocate for those with developmental disabilities

More special guests to be announced! 

When & Where:

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

4:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Capewell Lofts
57 Charter Oak Ave
Hartford, CT 06106

Free, on-site parking is available.

Register Now!


$45 per person
You can pay online now or pay at the door.

Credit Cards and checks accepted at the door. Check payments should be made out to:
CIL, ATTN: CIL 40, 157 Charter Oak Ave, Hartford, CT, 06106.

Contact CIL if you would like to register more than six (6) additional registrants
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4:30 PM – 5:00 PM
Registration Opens & Networking

5:00 PM – 5:20 PM
Opening Remarks, Kent Schwendy, President/CEO CIL, followed immediately by Keynote Speaker Jay Williams, President of Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

About the Speaker

5:20 PM – 6:30 PM
Networking, Entertainment, Photo Booth, and plenty of food and drink!   





Jay Williams

President, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

Since July 2017, Jay Williams has served as president of the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, the community foundation for the 29-town Greater Hartford region, and one of the oldest and largest community foundations in the country. During his time at the Foundation, Williams has been working to build stronger relationships between the Foundation and the local communities it serves.

In 2018, Williams and the Hartford Foundation embarked on the “Greater Together” listening tour series to connect with local residents who know what’s best for their communities and identify new ways the Foundation can help make their towns even better places to live, work and raise a family.

Prior to coming to the Hartford Foundation, Williams served as U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development where he led the federal economic development agenda for the United States. He brings experience and knowledge in capacity building, workforce readiness, economic security and urban revitalization.

Mr. Williams also served as Deputy Director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs at the White House where he was the principal liaison between the President of the United States and local elected officials. Previously, he served as the executive director of the federal Office of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers. Williams came to Washington, DC after serving as Mayor of the City of Youngstown, Ohio for over five years where he helped lead regional economic development initiatives to improve the city’s global competitiveness.

Prior to being elected Mayor, Williams led a Community Development Agency in Youngstown. There, Williams was instrumental in implementing Youngstown 2010, a city-wide redevelopment plan aimed at re-shaping the city. Williams began his career in banking and serving as an executive in community banking in Ohio. He also served as an examiner for the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.

A native of Ohio, Mr. Williams received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, majoring in Finance from Youngstown State University. Williams currently resides in West Hartford with his wife and son.



The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving is the community foundation for Hartford and 28 surrounding communities. Made possible by the gifts of generous individuals, families and organizations, the Foundation has awarded grants of more than $720 million since its founding in 1925. For more information about the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, visit www.hfpg.org or call 860-548-1888.