The Council’s annual Global Leadership Awards honor the outstanding achievements of individuals in the realms of international relations, global thought leadership, and philanthropy. This year we will award leaders advancing equity in global health and safety, and celebrate the Council’s commitment to ensuring effective US global engagement to support a more inclusive, equitable, and secure world.

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Global Honoree

Paul Farmer, MD, PhD

Cofounder and Chief Strategist, Partners in Health; Professor, Harvard University

National Honoree

Helene Gayle, MD, MPH

President and CEO of Chicago Community Trust

Chicago Honoree

Keith E. Williams

Former President and CEO, UL LLC


John F. and Mary Manley


Jenny Scanlon, UL Inc. 

Dona & Sam Scott

Carole Segal

Rick Waddell, Retired Chairman and CEO, Northern Trust

Special thanks to our sponsors this year!



The Crown Family 


Pamela and David ‘Duke’ Reyes 

Robert R. McCormick Foundation 

Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan and Family

Jenny Scanlon, UL Inc. 

Dona and Sam Scott 

Rick Waddell

Leah Joy Zell, The Joy Foundation 

Vice Chair

Greg and Anna Brown

William M. Daley and Bernadette Keller

Kent and Liz Dauten, Keystone Capital

Janet and Craig Duchossois 

Mary and Paul Finnegan

Future Wanxiang Foundation

Chris and Cindy Galvin

Kenneth C. Griffin Charitable Fund

Becky and Lester Knight

Liz and Eric Lefkofsky

Holly and John Madigan

Susan and Bob Morrison

Suzanne and Michael Moskow

GCM Grosvenor

Motorola Solutions, Inc.

Northern Trust

Margot and Thomas J. Pritzker Family Foundation  

The Segal Family Foundation



Jim Brady, alliantgroup

Mark Angelson

Rita and John Canning

ComED, An Exelon Company

John R. Ettelson, William Blair & Company

Jim and Karen Frank

Goldman Sachs & Co.

Jim Gordon, The Edgewater Funds

GPD Charitable Trust

Harris Family Foundation

J. Douglas Gray, Marshall Street Capital

Jared Kaplan and Maridee Quanbeck

Mark Hoplamazian and Rachel Kohler

Koch Family Foundation

Karen Z. Gray-Krehbiel & John H. Krehbiel, Jr.

Craig Martin, Willkie Farr, & Gallagher LLP

Andrew J. McKenna

Mesirow Financial

Joan and Charles Moore, The Banc Funds Company

Bill & Penny Obenshain

Dr. Scholl Foundation

Alejandro Silva and Diamond Family Foundation

Adele Simmons

Ambassador Louis and Marjorie Susman

Jackie and Glenn Tilton

United Airlines

Samuel Zell

Robert Zimmer