Experience an education transformation

See innovation in action!

Meet the best and brightest of Hartford’s high achievers. Be there as our community comes together to eat, drink, celebrate and hear uplifting stories of success: all to support the Achieve Hartford! mission to improve education in our city.

Be a part of our 3rd annual celebration! Join us and learn how innovative ideas, new technology and engaging approaches to education are changing the classroom for the next generation of bright dreamers and big thinkers. Get educated—and be inspired.

Inspire Hartford is a fun way for you and your guests to support our schools!

You’ll experience:

  • Themed ‘zones’ demonstrating innovative advances in education
  • Activity stations for attendees to reclaim their love of learning
  • Keynote speech by Liz Dozier of Chicago Beyond
  • VIP reception and meet & greet with Liz Dozier (VIP Ticket holders)

Photos From Last Year’s Event



The centerpiece of Inspire Hartford are interactive zones programmed by community partners that give our attendees the opportunity to see amazing advances in education. These thematic zones highlight integrated, applied learning and feature a fun, hands-on activity.

Show our community you support a 21st-century education! Put your brand on one of these thematic zones to align your business with education innovation and show your customers and employees the skills you value.

See how arts integration takes learning to a whole new level.


See incredible physical achievement brought to life.

Health & Wellness

Assess the most innovative technological advances.


See how engineering students apply their knowledge to the real world.




Liz Dozier

Managing Director at Chicago Beyond

Liz Dozier is the Managing Director of Chicago Beyond, a philanthropic venture fund designed to improve life outcomes for young people in Chicago and beyond. Launched in 2016, Chicago Beyond has invested more than $20M in nonprofit organizations and serves as a strategic partner to help scale their impact.

Her experience and passion for human rights have led Chicago Beyond to the forefront of investing in disruptive organizations and ideas that transform the lives of youth who are often least served. A former educator and high school principal, Dozier has worked tirelessly throughout her career to interrupt the culture of inequity that is often pervasive in urban education. She is most known for her innovative and creative approaches to successfully addressing the complex needs of the whole child.

Dozier is a National Board Certified Teacher, holds a bachelor’s degree in Business and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. Most recently, Dozier’s work was featured in Paul Tough’s NY Times best-selling book, How Children Succeed and Harvard Education Press’ Belonging and Becoming: The Power of Social Emotional Learning in High Schools. Ebony magazine named her one of its “Power 100” and CNN followed her work as a part of its docu-series, Chicagoland.



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Support Achieve Hartford

When you support Inspire Hartford through a sponsorship or ad purchase, you are helping us achieve our mission to close the educational opportunity and achievement gap in Hartford.

Hartford is steward to a generation of children that are growing up in chronic multi-generational poverty with little hope of breaking the cycle.

For the class of 2016, the 71% graduation rate represents zero progress since 2013. To make matters worse, only 1 in 4 high school grads ever finished a post-secondary degree in six years after graduating high school.

But breaking the cycle of poverty is possible in Hartford through increased educational attainment, and that will take a coordinated city-wide effort.

Achieve Hartford envisions a city that, first and foremost, rallies investments from both the public and private sector, and second, strives for coordination of those investments to ensure results.

We envision a Hartford that is widely recognized as a talent hub for our state and region, with the opportunity and achievement gap between our students and those in our suburbs finally closed, for good.

And we envision a city that operates as a community of cross-sector leaders, partners and supporters working hand-in-hand to ensure all students are prepared for and complete post-secondary education.

Your sponsorship of Inspire Hartford supports Achieve Hartford!’s vision. Join us in this critical effort to help our students achieve their highest potential.