While the Award ceremony is invitation only, we’re delighted to welcome the entire Babson community to a panel discussion with previous award winners on Wednesday, April 5 at 5pm in Knight Auditorium. Panelists include Social Innovator Award recipients Razia Jan (2014), Gavin Armstrong (2016), and Dr. Kwabena Darko (2013), as well as 2015 Lewis Community Changemaker Award winner Catalina Escobar. The panel will be moderated by Katie Smith Milway, Senior Fellow in Social Innovation and Head of Bridgespan Group’s Knowledge Unit.
This Year's Recipients
This year, we are focused on honoring those who have affected infrastructure for change, thereby influencing institutional and societal mindsets. We are especially excited to honor two individuals who leveraged their extraordinary vision along with their Entrepreneurial Thinking and Acting to re-imagine community based education by positively disrupting traditional models of higher education and to address homelessness, one of the most important societal dilemmas in our country and beyond.
Michael Sorrell, President of Paul Quinn College
Under Michael’s leadership since 2007, Paul Quinn College has undergone a stunning turnaround and is becoming a national symbol of what is possible in educating for the future. The 450-student Historical Black College located in South Dallas is pioneering sustainable models to make education more accessible and affordable. Watch his TEDxSMU talk
Rosanne Haggerty, President and CEO of Community Solutions
Dedicated to eradicating chronic homelessness, Rosanne is on a mission to provide homeless Americans with stable homes. Community Solutions provides a powerful social impact scale model through the development of inclusive, supportive housing and research-based practices designed to end homelessness and strengthen communities. Watch her TEDxAmherst College talk here
2016: Gavin Armstrong, Bill Bolling, and Bernie Glassman
The Lewis Institute honors Gavin Armstrong, Founder of
Lucky Iron Fish; Bernie Glassman, Founder of
Greyston Bakery and the Greyston Foundation; and Bill Bolling, Founder of the
Atlanta Community Food Bank
2015: Dr. Paul Farmer, Ophelia Dahl, Christo Greyling, Logy Murray, Maclean Dlodlo
Partners in Health, a non-profit health care organization dedicated to providing health care access to the world's poorest and most vulnerable communities; and Christo Greyling, Logy Murray, and Maclean Dlodlo from Channels of Hope, an innovative social model adopted by World Vision that engages community and faith leaders to respond to some of the most difficult issues affecting their communities, including HIV and AIDS; maternal, newborn and child health; gender equality; and child protection.
2014: Mick Jackson and Razia Jan
The Lewis Institute honored Mick Jackson and Razia Jan with the 2014 Social Innovation Award in April 2014.
2013: Dr. Kwabena Darko
The first Lewis Institute Social Innovator Award was given in May 2013 to Dr. Kwabena Darko who exemplified the qualities, attributes, and impact that we believed would be so powerful for students to learn from and, as a result, would be influenced to activate real and lasting change in the world. This award serves as the marker for extraordinary achievement and a benchmark for how one sets in motion large scale change and impact.