Hamdi Ulukaya – Founder of Tent; Founder and CEO of Chobani

Hamdi Ulukaya Headshot

Hamdi Ulukaya is the 2016 recipient of our annual Christensen Prize as well as a previous 2013 Honoree Hamdi Ulukaya is founder, Chairman and CEO of Chobani, LLC, widely regarded as one of the most successful American food companies of the past decade and a pioneer for the natural food movement. A Kurdish Turk raised in… [See Full Post]

Hilde Kate Lysiak & Isabel Lysiak — Orange Street News

Hilde Kate Lysiak

Hilde Kate Lysiak is the publisher of the monthly newspaper Orange Street News, based out of Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. Hilde recently received widespread acclaim for her reporting of community news and her response to critics questioning her ability to cover serious news because of her age and gender. Hilde has held the distinction of being named America’s… [See Full Post]

Lin-Manuel Miranda

Lin-Manuel Miranda - credit Matthew Murphy

Lin-Manuel Miranda is an Emmy, Grammy and Tony Award-winning composer, lyricist, and performer, and a 2015 MacArthur Foundation Award recipient. Hamilton, for which he wrote the book, music and lyrics in addition to originating the title role, opened on Broadway in 2015 following a sold-out run at New York’s Public Theater. Its Original Broadway Cast Recording won the 2016… [See Full Post]

Jenna Arnold and Greg Segal — ORGANIZE

jenna greg duo organize

Greg Segal, Co-Founder Greg Segal is the co-founder of ORGANIZE, a non-profit leveraging technology, open-data, and behavioral economics to increase the number of organ donations in the US. ORGANIZE was the 1st Prize winner of the Verizon Powerful Answers Award and the Stanford MedX Health Care Design Award, was recognized in Forbes 30 Under 30… [See Full Post]

Jenna Arnold and Greg Segal — ORGANIZE

organize duo

Greg Segal, Co-Founder Greg Segal is the co-founder of ORGANIZE, a non-profit leveraging technology, open-data, and behavioral economics to increase the number of organ donations in the US. ORGANIZE was the 1st Prize winner of the Verizon Powerful Answers Award and the Stanford MedX Health Care Design Award, was recognized in Forbes 30 Under 30… [See Full Post]

Adam J. Foss – Juvenile Justice Reformer


Adam J. Foss is an Assistant District Attorney in the Juvenile Division of the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office (SCDAO) in Boston, MA, and a fierce advocate for juvenile justice reform and the importance of the role of the prosecutor in ending Mass Incarceration. Mr. Foss believes that the profession of prosecution is ripe for… [See Full Post]

The Suskind Family


Owen Suskind, a boy silenced by autism, methodically memorized dozens of Disney movies. When his family realized this, they began to speak to him in Disney dialogue and turned their world into a stage, playing animated characters. Over years, Owen regained speech, learned to read by reading credits and eventually invented an original language — using scripts and… [See Full Post]

Max Kenner — Founder and Executive Director, Bard Prison Initiative


Max Kenner is founder and executive director of the Bard Prison Initiative (BPI), which enrolls incarcerated men and women in academic programs that culminate in degrees from Bard College. A leading advocate for the restoration of college-in-prison, Kenner frequently speaks publicly on issues of education and criminal justice. He is also co-founder of the Consortium for… [See Full Post]

Alan Eustace — Engineer/Stratospheric Explorer

Alan Eustace

Alan Eustace retired as Senior Vice President of Knowledge in April 2015 after 13 years with Google.   He held various executive positions, including the VP of Engineering from 2005 to 2011. In his last three years at Google, his side project was to work with the world class StratEX team to design, build and test… [See Full Post]

Louie Psihoyos — Executive Director, Oceanic Preservation Society & Director, “Racing Extinction,” “The Cove”

Louie Psihoyos, Executive Director of the Oceanic Preservation Society (OPS), is recognized as one of the top photographers in the world. He was hired directly out of college to shoot for National Geographic and created images for the yellow-bordered magazine for 18 years. His ability to bring humanity and wit to complicated science stories carries… [See Full Post]

Dr. Richard Leakey — Lifetime Achievement Award


Richard Erskine Frere Leakey, second son of Louis and Mary, was born on December 19, 1944. He participated in his parent’s field expeditions from an early age and was therefore well-placed to inherit their legacy. His efforts withpaleoanthropology involved not only field research and discoveries but also many years serving as the director of the… [See Full Post]

Emily Callahan & Amber Jackson — Co-Founders, Blue Latitudes


“There comes a time when the useful life of an oil platform comes to an end, at least when it comes to drilling for oil, and that’s when we dive in – We are marine scientists on a mission to unite science, policy, and economics to create innovative solutions for the complex ecological challenges associated with… [See Full Post]

Lending Club


Accepting on behalf of Lending Club is founder and CEO Renaud Laplanche As Founder and CEO, Renaud is responsible for overseeing the overall strategic direction and operation of Lending Club, which he grew from a disruptive idea in 2006 to the world’s largest online credit marketplace today. He also serves as Chairman of Lending Club’s… [See Full Post]

Brent Stapelkamp — Conservationist and Photographer

Brent Stapelkamp is a wildlife photographer and the researcher who last tracked and collared Cecil the lion. Brent is “obsessed with lions” (his own words!) and has studied them in Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe for over nine years for Oxford University’s Wildlife and Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU). Brent’s work is primarily about promoting ways to… [See Full Post]

Fabio Zaffagnini — Creator, Rockin’1000


Fabio Zaffagnini is the creator of Rockin’1000, a crowdfunded project that culminated in a performance where 1000 musicians played a Foo Fighters’ song, whose video went viral on the web with more than 24 million views. Furthermore, Fabio is a Co-founder of Trail Me Up, a start up that creates augmented virtual reality experiences of… [See Full Post]

Scott Harrison — Founder and CEO, charity: water

Scott Harrison Headshot

Scott spent almost 10 years as a nightclub promoter in New York City before leaving to volunteer on a hospital ship off the coast of Liberia, West Africa as a
volunteer photojournalist. Returning home to New York City two years later, he founded the non-profit organization charity: water in 2006. Turning his full attention to the… [See Full Post]

Thomas Heatherwick — Founder and Design Director, Heatherwick Studio

Thomas Heatherwick is a British designer whose prolific and varied work over two decades is characterized by its ingenuity, inventiveness and originality. Defying the conventional classification of design disciplines, Thomas founded Heatherwick Studio in 1994 to bring the practices of design, architecture, sculpture and urban planning together in a single workspace. Thomas leads the design… [See Full Post]

Anthony D. Romero – Executive Director, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

Anthony Romero

  Anthony D. Romero is the Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union, the nation’s premier defender of liberty and individual freedom. He took the helm of the organization just seven days before the September 11, 2001 attacks. Shortly afterward, the ACLU launched its national Keep America Safe and Free campaign to protect basic… [See Full Post]

Nate Parker — Activist, Filmmaker


Nate Parker is the winner of our 2nd annual Theodore Parker Prize, presented by Darren Walker (President of the Ford Foundation, and 2015 Honoree) Actor, director, producer, writer and humanitarian Nate Parker recently won both the Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award for The Birth of a Nation, a 7-year labor of love for Parker… [See Full Post]