2019 Awards Gala: ‘Three Continents of Leadership Experience’

New York, N.Y. The J. Luce Foundation, one of the premier organizations that nurtures young global leaders, will hold its 19th Annual Leadership Awards Gala on February 28, 2019. We will honor several individuals with leadership awards in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the development of future global leaders and for their significant contributions to humanity. Our annual gala will be held at the Princeton Club in New York City.


“I have a tremendous amount of admiration for the work that each of this year’s award recipients have contributed to our mutual goal of cultivating young leaders who will make a difference in our world,” said Jim Luce, founder and C.E.O. of the J. Luce Foundation.

This year there are three recipients of the J. Luce Foundation Humanitarian Award. New York State Assembly member Rebecca Seawright, a lifelong champion for public schools, has secured millions of dollars in funding for her district’s public schools. Dr. Fritz Pinnock is the president of Caribbean Maritime University in Jamaica and has also been chairman for Education and Training of Jamaica Logistics Hub Task Force. The third recipient is Dr. William N. Ruud, the president of Marietta College in Ohio. He’s among the nation’s most prominent leaders in higher education.

The Clare Boothe Luce Award is named for a Renaissance woman who was a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and the first female U.S. ambassador whose life embraced international service. Dr. Emma Felipe-Fernández embodies that description in many ways, including through her volunteer work with orphans in Spain, the United Kingdom and China. As a Corporate Social Responsibility Studio Leader for IBM North America, she has also taught entrepreneurship and micro-finance from San Salvador to The Bronx, New York. Dr. Eva Ritvo, a Miami Beach psychiatrist and author, will also receive this prestigious award for her many contributions that include work for those suffering from cerebral palsy.

This year the foundation will honor Jonathan Granoff with the Candlelight Award, which is bestowed each year to honor those who are pushing back the darkness in an increasingly dark world. Mr. Granoff is an attorney, author and international advocate emphasizing the legal and ethical dimensions of human development and security.

About the J. Luce Foundation 

The Mission of the James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation, Inc. (www.LuceFoundation.org) is to support young global leadership impacting positive social change and the NGOs that support them, particularly in the fields of the Arts, Education, and Orphan Care

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The Stewardship Report on Connecting Goodness is the communications platform of The James Jay Dudley Luce Foundation (www.lucefoundation.org). There are now more than 100 contributors around the world to this publication.

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