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2013 John W. Gardner Leadership Dinner

The 2013 John W. Gardner Leadership Dinner took place during the Independent Sector National Conference on Monday, September 30, 2013 at the New York Hilton Midtown. The John W. Gardner Leadership Award and the American Express NGen Leadership Award recipients are recognized and honored during this dinner.

Congratulations to Connie Rice
2013 John W. Gardner Leadership Award Recipient

Connie RiceIndependent Sector was pleased to honor Constance L. “Connie” Rice as the 2013 John W. Gardner Leadership Award recipient at the IS National Conference on Monday, September 30, 2013 in New York City.

Connie is the co-founder of Advancement Project, a public policy organization that works to engineer large-scale systems change to remedy inequality, expand opportunity, and open paths to upward mobility.

Connie was recognized for her outstanding and innovative leadership in changing the national field of violence prevention and fighting for civil rights. By bringing together former gang members, law enforcement officials, nonprofit service organizations, families, and communities, Connie became the indispensable architect of the transformation of the City of Los Angeles’ approach both to policing and to its longstanding gang epidemic. The comprehensive violence reduction strategy that has been so transformational in Los Angeles is now serving as a model for Columbus, Ohio; Memphis, Tenn.; Seattle, Wash.; and other cities in the nation. 
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Congratulations to Sarah Johnson
2013 American Express NGen Leadership Award Recipient

Sarah JohnsonIndependent Sector honored Sarah Johnson as the 2013 recipient of the American Express NGen Leadership Award. Sarah is a collaborative leader who believes performing arts organizations have a responsibility as cultural citizens to demonstrate their public value and help expose various audiences to the arts.

Sarah earned the award as director of Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute, which serves some 170,000 people annually with programs and partnerships that allow people of all ages and backgrounds to explore their potential as performers and audience members.

The award is generously supported by the American Express Foundation.

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About the John W. Gardner Leadership Award
The John W. Gardner Leadership Award was established in 1985 to honor outstanding Americans who exemplify the leadership and the ideals of John W. Gardner (1912-2002), American statesman and founding chair of Independent Sector. The John W. Gardner Leadership Award recognizes living Americans working in or with the nonprofit community whose leadership has been transformative and who have mobilized and unified people, institutions, or causes that improve people’s lives. The award honors visionaries who have empowered constituencies, strengthened participation, and inspired movements.
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About the American Express NGen Leadership Award
The American Express NGen Leadership Award honors one accomplished nonprofit leader age 40 or under who has already demonstrated significant impact in addressing society's critical needs. In addition to already demonstrating a significant impact in addressing society's critical needs, the recipient of this award also displays a proven ability to collaborate in innovative, inclusive ways, and identify needs, generate solutions and assess progress toward goals.
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