Recipients

1st - 27th

Alison Lingane and Hilary Abell

Hilary Abell &
Alison Lingane

27th

Economy

Co-Founders of Project Equity and leaders in the movement to create better jobs and a fairer economy by advancing employee ownership.

Chrystel Cornelius

Chrystel Cornelius

27th

Economy

President and CEO of Oweesta, working to return wealth and financial independence to Native communities, addressing disenfranchisement that has led to profound socioeconomic disparities.

Dina Bakst & Sherry Leiwant

Dina Bakst &
Sherry Leiwant

26th

Economy

Co-Founders and Co-Presidents of A Better Balance, a nonprofit legal advocacy organization that advances supportive workplace policies and justice for workers

William Bynum

William Bynum

26th

Economy

Founder and CEO of HOPE, a Jackson, Mississippi-based community development financial organization working to combat the factors that limit an individual’s ability to prosper

David Autor

David Autor

25th

25th Anniversary Special Recognition

Economist documenting the impact of globalization and technology advancement on the American worker

Alfa Demmellash and Alexander Forrester

Alfa Demmellash &
Alexander Forrester

25th

Technology, the Economy & Employment

Co-founders of Rising Tide Capital, who created an inclusive model to mentor entrepreneurs and business owners in low-income communities

Brandon Dennison

Brandon Dennison

24th

Technology, the Economy & Employment

Founder of Coalfield Development, who developed a workforce model that is building a new economy in Appalachia

Linda Rottenberg

Linda Rottenberg

23rd

Technology, the Economy & Employment

Driver of social change who helps high-impact entrepreneurs overcome cultural and financial barriers to growth

Joseph DeSimone

Joseph DeSimone

22nd

Technology, the Economy & Employment

Chemist who developed advanced technologies in nanoparticle fabrication, 3D printing and precision medicine

Matthew Mullenweg

Matthew Mullenweg

21st

Technology, the Economy & Employment

Entrepreneur and web developer who changed web publishing with open-source WordPress, and an early champion of remote work

Sangeeta Bhatia

Sangeeta Bhatia

20th

Technology, the Economy & Employment

Innovative scientist using nanotechnology for tissue regeneration and other medical advances

Leila Janah

Leila Janah

19th

Technology, the Economy & Employment

Social entrepreneur who provided digital employment and empowerment to thousands in the world’s poorest regions