Social Innovation
Summit 2024

 June 4-5, 2024 | Chicago

Announcing the Social Innovation Anthem Award

Presented by Social Innovation Summit & the Webby’s Anthem Awards

Building on the Social Innovation Summit Awards, this year’s Summit will feature an exciting new collaboration with the Anthem Awards, hosted by the renowned Webby’s. Together, we will spotlight a visionary leader making a meaningful difference in the Summit’s host city.
Stay tuned as we announce and celebrate a local Chicago-area recipient on the Social Innovation Summit stage this June!

Previous Awards Recipients

2021-2023 Awards Categories & Recipients:

MENTAL HEALTH & WELLNESS AWARD



Winner: Born This Way Foundation & Jack.org
Accepted By: Mitu Yilma, Director of Digital – Born This Way Foundation

ENVIRONMENTAL, SOCIAL & GOVERNANCE (ESG) AWARD



Winner: Action for Racial Equity (ARE)

Accepted By: Brandee McHale, President of the Citi Foundation; Head of Citi Community Investing and Development – Citi

ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT AWARD



Winner: Project Community Capital



Accepted By: Dr. Gina Merritt, Founder – Project Community Capital®

EDUCATION AWARD



Winner: University Innovation Alliance



Accepted By: Dr. Bridget Burns, Chief Executive Officer – University Innovation Alliance 

HEALTH & WELLBEING AWARD



Winner: #FirstRespondersFirst



Accepted By: Deborah Marcus, Executive – CAA Foundation & Kasia Laskowski, Executive Director – Thrive Global Foundation

DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION (DEI) AWARD



Winner: Trust for Public Land



Accepted By: Linda Hwang, Senior Director, Strategy & Innovation – Trust for Public Land

FUTURE OF WORK AWARD



Winner: Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy



Accepted By: British Robinson, President & CEO – The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy

COVID RESPONSE & IMPACT AWARD



Off Their Plate

Off Their Plate empowers local kitchens led by women and people of color to feed their communities through employment and nutrition. We are an entirely volunteer corps of business folk, engineers, and creatives partnering with food industry workers to build a more equitable food economy.

Accepted by: Natalie Guo, Founder, Off Their Plate

ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT AWARD


Block by Block Amani Housing Strategy



Northwestern Mutual is leading the Block by Block Amani Housing Strategy, a unique collaboration between residents of Milwaukee’s most distressed neighborhoods (Amani), several community non-profits, and Northwestern Mutual. The Block by Block initiative addresses the need for quality affordable housing and eliminates blighted properties – connecting residents to existing housing programs, engaging the community in the revitalization process and providing residents with onsite training to learn transferable skills for the trade industry.


Accepted by: LaQuondra Shaw, Program Officer, Northwestern Mutual

DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION AWARD



The McLendon Minority Leadership Initiative



The McLendon Minority Leadership Initiative (MLI) provides minorities a jump-start to their careers through practical experiences, opportunities to build their network, and instilling the values of John McLendon: Integrity, Education, Leadership, and Mentorship.



Accepted by: Coach Tommy Amaker, Harvard University & Coach John Calipari, University of Kentucky

FUTURE OF WORK AWARDS



FutureFit AI



FutureFit AI partnered with Fortune 500 companies during the economic fallout from the pandemic to ‘Reimagine Layoffs’ by providing laid off employees with an AI-powered tool that acted as a ‘GPS for their career’ to help them navigate into their next role — supporting them from career path exploration, to reskilling, to job placement with a combination of advanced labor market data and algorithms, alongside career resources and human guidance.



Accepted by: Hamoon Ekhtiari, Founder & CEO, FutureFit AI

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