Purpose Prize

Judith Broder , The Soldiers Project
The Soldiers Project
Purpose Prize Winner 2009

As Judith Broder watched a play documenting the mental anguish some veterans experience after coming come from war, something clicked. As a psychiatrist, she knew that without help some soldiers would never get past what they had seen and done. She also understood that a veteran's distress can painfully affect loved ones. Taking action, Broder created an organization that supports free, confidential, unlimited therapy to service members and their families.

Meet Judith Broder

In a dark theater, Judith Broder experienced the darkest of emotions.

Linda Lannon  and Mary Wallace , PeopleTowels, LLC
PeopleTowels, LLC
Purpose Prize Fellow 2014

In 2006, Mary Wallace and Linda Lannon were high-level executives at McGraw Hill who struck up a cross-country friendship. Both worked remotely from their homes on opposite coasts — Wallace in Florida and Lannon in California—but collaboration regularly brought them together.

Former educators in their mid-50s with grandchildren, they often discussed their longing for work with a higher purpose. “We had a sense of urgency about climate change,” says Lannon. “We wanted to do something more meaningful that impacted the world positively for future generations.”

Richard Joyner , Conetoe Family Life Center
Conetoe Family Life Center
Purpose Prize Winner 2014

In 2005, the Rev. Richard Joyner had a realization. He had presided over too many funerals at a church of just 300 members. In one year alone, 30 congregants under the age of 32 years had died.

“We had at least 20 funerals per year, and a lot of the deaths were health-related — poor diets, no exercise,” says Joyner, now 62, pastor of the Conetoe Baptist Church in rural North Carolina. “It just started to feel unconscionable that you would see someone 100 pounds overweight on Sunday and not say anything about it. Then they’d die of a heart attack.”

Pamela  Cantor, M.D. , Turnaround for Children, Inc.
Founder, President and CEO
Turnaround for Children, Inc.
Purpose Prize Winner 2014

A few weeks after September 11, 2001, Pamela Cantor, then 53, received a call from the New York City Board of Education asking her to lead a team to assess the emotional impact of the attacks on the city’s public school children. As a child psychiatrist specializing in trauma for nearly two decades, she welcomed the opportunity.

Kate Williams , LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Employment Immersion Program Manager
LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
Purpose Prize Winner 2014

Kate Williams spent decades as a human resources professional for top pharmaceutical and technology companies in California—and as a sighted person. But in 1989, at age 47, she began to lose her vision, due to the rare degenerative disorder Pseudoxanthoma elasticum.

David N. Campbell , All Hands Volunteers, Inc.
Founder and Chairman
All Hands Volunteers, Inc.
Purpose Prize Winner 2014

Technology executive David Campbell never imagined that a casual lunch with a friend in Boston in December 2004 would change the course of his life. Their conversation turned to the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami that had ravaged Southeast Asia two days earlier. It was a personal shock to his friend who had eaten lunch at a Meridien Hotel in Phuket, Thailand, just ten days before. The hotel had been damaged and several guests killed.

Charles Irvin Fletcher , SpiritHorse International
Founder and CEO
SpiritHorse International
Purpose Prize Winner 2014

Two tumultuous decades in the telecommunications industry took a toll on Charles Fletcher’s income and his spirit. When he retired in the 1990s at the age of 58, he found some peace of mind through volunteering at a Dallas-area equine therapy center for children with disabilities. The special connection he witnessed between the children and horses was both restorative and intimately familiar, as he had been around horses since he was five. But Fletcher thought the program was falling short. It could do more than offer feel-good pony rides. It had the potential to heal.

Lottie Jones Hood , Underground Railroad Living Museum
CEO and Senior Minister Emeritus
Underground Railroad Living Museum
Purpose Prize Fellow 2014

When I became the first African-American pastor of the First Congregational Church (FCC) of Detroit in its 150-year history, my European-American and African-American congregants were like two different cultures under one roof. It took me seven years to find a way to bring them together. When I found the solution on a black history bulletin board in 2001, I was ecstatic.

Gary Hollander , Diverse and Resilient, Inc.
Founder and President
Diverse and Resilient, Inc.
Purpose Prize Fellow 2014

In 2001, I found myself near the top of the mountain that was the vertically integrated health care system for which I worked. I was successful, well-compensated, respected and influential.

So why was I only really happy for a couple of hours a week?

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