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.

Barbara Young , National Domestic Workers Alliance
National Organizer
National Domestic Workers Alliance
Purpose Prize Winner 2013

In 2001, when Barbara Young signed up for a nanny training class in New York City, she didn’t realize how it would set her on the path for her encore career. She simply thought taking a certificate program could help her acquire extra skills, like CPR. She took pride in her work looking after a six-week-old baby round the clock, and was thirsty for knowledge. “I figured it would be really good for me,” Young says.

Carol Fennelly , Hope House
Founder and Executive Director
Hope House
Purpose Prize Winner 2013

In 1998, Carol Fennelly was retired from her first career as an advocate for the homeless. She was writing articles on social issues for Sojourners magazine and providing political commentary for a public radio station in Washington, D.C. She’d bought a beach house in Delaware, and had no plans to leave her newfound paradise.

Ed Nicholson , Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc.
Founder and President
Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, Inc.
Purpose Prize Winner 2013

Every Wednesday afternoon since 2005, through the muggy Washington summers, wounded soldiers cast fly fishing lines over the green grass in front of the Walter Reed National Medical Center. Trying to catch lawn trout may seem quixotic, but practicing the rhythmic casting motion is a therapeutic variation on military drills.

Elizabeth Huttinger , Projet Crevette
Principal Investigator
Projet Crevette
Purpose Prize Winner 2013

Over lunch one afternoon in 2004, Elizabeth Huttinger listened carefully as evolutionary biologist Dr. Armand Kuris told her he had a cure for schistosomiasis, the fourth largest parasitic disease in the world.

Vicki Thomas , Purple Heart Homes
Director of Communications
Purple Heart Homes
Purpose Prize Winner 2013

At 64, successful public relations and marketing executive Vicki Thomas knew that she was missing something from her life. It wasn’t until she saw a CNN news story in 2010 on injured Iraq veterans Dale Beatty and John Gallina that she realized what it was: a higher purpose.

Violet  Little , The Welcome Church
Pastor and Developer
The Welcome Church
Purpose Prize Winner 2013

On a cold day in 2006, the Reverend Violet Little walked into a public transit restroom in Philadelphia. She was exhausted. She’d been diagnosed with myasthenia gravis, a neuromuscular disease that causes weakness, vision problems and breathing difficulties. Unable to drive, she was dependent on the city’s transit system. Inside, she found a woman washing her hair in the sink. Another woman was attempting to dry her pants under a hand dryer. Little felt a deep empathy. They began to chat.

Ysabel Duron , Latinas Contra Cancer
Founder and CEO
Latinas Contra Cancer
Purpose Prize Winner 2013

In 1999, during a cervical checkup, TV anchorwoman Ysabel Duron’s gynecologist discovered a golf ball-sized cancerous tumor in her pelvic region. The diagnosis: Hodgkin lymphoma. She felt healthy and, strangely, unworried. So Duron, who had been on the air in San Francisco for years, turned the camera on herself—and on the larger issue of cancer treatment.

Jane Pauley and Marci Alboher in Encore Careers Webcast

One of the greatest pleasures of my job is getting to work occasionally with journalism icon Jane Pauley. She has dedicated her encore years to telling stories of people using their talent and experience to serve the greater good.

White House Honors Purpose Prize Winner as a Champion for Change

Editor’s note: Purpose Prize winner Nancy Sanford Hughes, a longtime member of the volunteer organization Rotary International, was honored last week at the White House alongside 11 fellow Rotarians as a Champion of Change.

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