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Laureate

2016

Judith Rodin, Ph.D.

President, The Rockefeller Foundation 2005 – present
President Emerita, University of Pennsylvania

The 2016 IQLA Laureate is Judith Rodin, president of The Rockefeller Foundation (www.rockefellerfoundation.org), a position she has held since March 2005. She was previously president of the University of Pennsylvania and the provost of Yale University.

The first women to lead the Foundation in its 102-year history, Dr. Rodin has recalibrated the institution’s focus areas and goals to create and scale innovative solutions to 21st century problems in an era marked by unprecedented disruption, volatility, and complexity. The Rockefeller Foundation today supports work that promotes more inclusive economies and strengthens resilience to social, economic and physical challenges—affirming its pioneering philanthropic mission since 1913 to promote the well-being of humanity.

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International Quality of Life Awards Prior Laureates

Past IQLA laureates represent such diverse fields as economics, business, public policy, medicine, social justice, and the world of music and entertainment. Included among the list of distinguished former recipients are:

2015

John R. Lewis

Civil Rights Icon
& U.S. Representative,
Georgia's 5th Congressional Distric

2014

Maria Rodale

Chairman and CEO, Rodale Inc.

2013

Howard G. Buffett

President, The Howard G. Buffett Foundation

2012

Alastair J. S. Summerlee

President & Vice Chancellor
University of Guelph

2011

Fred Smith

Founder, Chairman, President, & CEO FedEx

2010

PBS

Public Service Media Organization

2009

Nancy Brinker

Ambassador and Founding Chair
Susan G. Komen for the Cure

2008

Teresa Heinz

Philanthropists & Sustainability Activist

2007

Ray C. Anderson

Chairman and Founder, Interface, Inc.

2006

Dr. Norman Ernest Borlaug

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
and Founder of the World Food Prize

2005

Hugh L. Carey Battery Park City Authority

Public Benefit Corporation
New York, New York

2004

Ratan N. Tata

Chairman, Tata Group, Mumbai, India

2003

Alabama

Award Winning Music Group

2002

Madeleine K. Albright

64th U.S. Secretary of State

2001

Dr. Jack B. McConnell

Founder and CEO, Volunteers in Medicine

2000

Millard D. Fuller

Founder and President, Habitat for Humanity International

1999

Arthur C. Martinez

Chairman and CEO, Sears, Roebuck & Co.

1998

Vincent E. "Bo" Jackson

Entrepreneur, Youth Activist, and Heisman Trophy Winner

1998

Desmond Mpilo Tutu

Nobel Peace Prize and
Anglican Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town, South Africa

1997

Robert D. Haas

Chairman and CEO, Levi Strauss & Co.

1996

William R. Howell

Chairman, J.C. Penny Company, Inc.

1995

Elmer B. Harris

President and CEO, Alabama Power Company

1995

Lawrence R. Klein

Nobel Prize Laureate and
Benjamin Franklin Professor of Economics and Finace,
University of Pennsylvania

1995

Don Logan

President and CEO, Time Inc.

1994

John C. Adams

President, Chairman, and CEO, Russell Corporation

1994

Catherine Bertini

Executive Director, United Nations World Food Programme