Purpose Prize


Toni Maloney , Business Council for Peace
Co-founder and CEO
Business Council for Peace
Purpose Prize Fellow 2012

When Toni Maloney first visited the Kabul Women’s Garden, a shopping center in
Afghanistan’s capital city where only women can work or shop, it had no electricity. Kerosene stoves provided the heat for the 5-by-10-foot retail spaces.

The marketing executive watched as the businesswomen pulled product prices out of thin air, having no idea whether they were turning a profit.


Charles Fletcher , SpiritHorse International
Founder and CEO
SpiritHorse International
Purpose Prize Fellow 2012

Charles Fletcher rode his first horse at age 5, which sparked a lifelong love of the animal. But it wasn’t until he was in his 40s and visited a horse ranch offering specialized therapy to disabled people that he realized horses could help heal.

He vowed to return to such a place when he retired. And he did. When he stepped down as the head of his own telecommunications company at age 63, he began volunteering at a Dallas-area equine therapy center.


Ysabel Duron , Latinas Contra Cancer
Founder and Executive Director
Latinas Contra Cancer
Purpose Prize Fellow 2012

When her doctor told her she had cancer, Ysabel Duron didn’t think she would die. Her first impulse was to wonder what she was supposed to get out of the experience. Her second was to do a story.


Gloria White-Hammond , My Sister’s Keeper
Executive Director
My Sister’s Keeper
Purpose Prize Fellow 2012

A Boston-area pediatrician for nearly 30 years and a pastor for 15, Gloria White-Hammond traveled to Sudan in 2001 as part of a faith-motivated “slave redemption” mission, in which the missionaries purchased the freedom of 6,700 slaves. Though this liberation tactic is highly controversial, when she heard the captives’ horrific stories, White-Hammond had no doubt she was on the right side of history.


Ed Nicholson , Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing
Founder and President
Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing
Purpose Prize Fellow 2012

At 62, upon leaving the defense contractor he joined after a distinguished 30-year career as a U.S Navy captain, Ed Nicholson found himself recovering from prostate surgery at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

It was 2004, and the hospital was full of young people who had been wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. “I’d be walking through the halls feeling sorry for myself, and I’d see these 19-year-old guys missing arms and legs, and holding their little babies,” says Nicholson.


Hal Hamilton , Sustainable Food Lab
Founder and Director
Sustainable Food Lab
Purpose Prize Fellow 2012

A child of the activist ’60s, Hal Hamilton spent decades in Kentucky as a farmer, rural community activist and nonprofit director. He helped pioneer alternative food and agricultural systems that are kind to the environment and provide a livelihood for small farmers – the hallmarks of sustainable food production.


Clark "Corky" Graham , LET'S GO Boys & Girls
Founder and CEO
LET'S GO Boys & Girls
Purpose Prize Fellow 2012

The United States lags behind other industrialized countries in science, technology, engineering and math college graduates. The problem is especially severe among low-income black and Hispanic students.

For Clark “Corky” Graham, that situation threatens American prosperity and national security.

He speaks from experience. A retired commanding officer for the U.S. Navy and a mechanical engineer, Graham spent 30 years overseeing research and development projects for the Navy and another 14 as an executive in the maritime private sector.


Robert Hildreth , Families United in Educational Leadership
Founder and Chairman
Families United in Educational Leadership
Purpose Prize Fellow 2012

Growing up, Robert J. Hildreth knew the value of education. Raised by public school teachers, he earned degrees from three universities, including Harvard, and rose to prominence in Latin American finance with his own brokerage company.

Hildreth also had a strong philanthropic streak – and his own foundation – that brought him in contact with low-income families, often immigrants. The parents often worked such long hours they had little time to help their kids navigate college prep, or much knowledge about the process themselves. They saved money, but not enough.


Gary Slutkin , Cure Violence
Executive Director
Cure Violence
Purpose Prize Fellow 2012

Physician Gary Slutkin spent 20 years working to reduce rates of infectious diseases, including tuberculosis and AIDS, in the United States and Africa. In 1995, after 10 years living abroad, he returned home to Chicago. Noting the high rate of lethal violence among young people in American cities, Slutkin began treating violence as a contagious disease, applying the tools he used in disease control.

“Decades of leaving the problem untreated perpetuates retaliation, further victimization and exposure, which keeps this cycle of violence going for generations,” Slutkin says.


Jerry Moles , Grayson LandCare
Founder and Facilitator
Grayson LandCare
Purpose Prize Fellow 2012

A native son of rural Virginia, Jerry Moles spent decades as a college professor and consultant helping rural communities cultivate productive, income-generating and environmentally friendly agricultural businesses. He worked mostly on the West Coast and in Sri Lanka. But when his mother fell ill in 1999, he found himself back in Virginia to oversee her care.

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