This Year's Recipients
This year, we focused on honoring those who have affected infrastructure for change, thereby influencing institutional and societal mindsets. We are especially excited to have honored 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 here.
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
Dr. Paul Farmer and Ophelia Dahl of 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
Mick Jackson, Founder of WildHearts Office, an office supply company that supports the WildHearts Foundation, a pioneering charity focused on micro-lending and entrepreneurship education; and Razia Jan, founder of Razia's Ray of Hope Foundation which provides free education to young women in Afghanistan.