American Express NGen Leadership Award

The American Express NGen Leadership Award honors one highly accomplished charitable community leader age 40 or under who has already demonstrated significant impact in addressing society's critical needs.

Diana Nambatya Nsubuga, Recipient of the 2016 American Express NGen Leadership Award
Diana Nambatya Nsubuga is receiving the award as an emerging leader under 40 who has already demonstrated significant impact in addressing society's critical needs. She leads the Global Health Corps (GHC) operation in Uganda by recruiting, training, and supporting leaders to implement family planning programs and reproductive health services. Through her work with GHC, Diana directly fosters and supports the leadership development of young Ugandan and American health advocates. For example, she has mobilized men, women, and young people to take advantage of cost-effective technologies such as Kangaroo Mother Care, otherwise known as skin-to-skin care where a newborn is immediately held against the mother’s skin. The technique has been shown to prevent hypothermia especially in premature infants.

Through her advocacy work and information sessions, she was also able to ensure that women in her community are now about six times more likely to use skilled attendance – trained health professionals – when giving birth, leading to more healthier pregnancies and reduced maternal deaths in her community. In addition to her professional endeavors, Diana and her husband own a farm where she includes reproductive health education and family planning services as part of the training for men, women, and young people who participate in agriculture and health skills building sessions. 

Read more about Diana in the IS press release.

The American Express NGen Leadership Award will be presented during the John W. Gardner Leadership Awards Luncheon on November 18 in Washington, DC during the Independent Sector Conference.

On Tuesday, June 7th, the 2016 finalists participated in a Twitter Town Hall to discuss leadership, diversity, equity, impact, and much more. Read the Storify to learn more.


Watch the 2015 American Express NGen Award recipient, Julieta Garibay, speak at the 2015 IS Conference in Miami.





The American Express NGen Leadership Award honors one accomplished charitable community leader age 40 or under who has already demonstrated significant impact in addressing society's critical needs. 

The recipient of this award must also:

  • Demonstrate transformative impact in his or her field, beyond just his or her organization
  • Display a proven ability to collaborate in innovative, inclusive ways
  • Show how s/he identifies needs, generates solutions, and assesses progress toward goals
  • Model leadership presence.

This award extends American Express and Independent Sector’s commitment to and support of emerging leaders. To learn more about NGen's programmatic offerings, please visit the NGen: Moving Nonprofit Leaders from Next to Now homepage.

Learn more about past recipients.

If you have questions regarding the award, please email ngenaward@independentsector.org.


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