Purpose Prize


David S.  Bazerman , Legal Aid Service of Broward County
Director, Tracey McPharlin Dependency Pro Bono Project
Legal Aid Service of Broward County
Purpose Prize Fellow 2013

When 11-year-old Nubia Barahona was murdered by her adopted father in South Florida, her body found in a plastic bag, it shocked David Bazerman’s conscience. For years he’d worked to defend the rights of abused, neglected and abandoned children, and knew how the state’s legal system often neglected those children, too. “Had Nubia been represented by an attorney who would have pursued obvious concerns about the adoptive parents’ fitness,” he says, “she might be alive today.”


Nancy Armitage , Alzheimer's Association, Southeastern WI Chapter
Coordinator, Memories in the Making®
Alzheimer's Association, Southeastern WI Chapter
Purpose Prize Fellow 2013

Nancy Armitage explored a lot of professions through four decades, including flight attendant, project manager, home care salesperson, and art instructor. She was also a lifelong artist who had watched her own mother descend into dementia from Alzheimer’s disease, which affects 5 million Americans.

In 2011, she launched an encore career that combines her professional experience, creative joy and family history as an art coordinator in Southeastern Wisconsin for Memories in the Making®, which brings the expressive power of art to people with Alzheimer’s nationwide.


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.

Dan Guilbert is executive vice president of the Retirement Division for Symetra Financial Corporation’s insurance subsidiaries. He has profit-and-loss responsibility for Symetra’s annuity and structured settlement products, including strategy development, product design and innovation, product marketing, market research, sales, distribution, service and operations.

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