Boston Joseph Wharton Award...
The Wharton Club of Boston presents the Boston Joseph Wharton Award in recognition of outstanding alumni contributions to the Boston business community and society at large. The award is intended to celebrate the Wharton community's contribution to Boston. It is given each year to an area alumnus who exemplifies Joseph Wharton's belief that extraordinary business leadership can be a significant force for improving society.
This year, the Wharton Club is honored to recognize James Balfanz, (WMP'04) President of CityYear, for the instrumental role he has played in the rapid expansion and international growth of CityYear in the past few year. James is also recognized for his long-standing committment to the cause of equal access to education.
We are also proud to award Chuck Myers (WH'98 WG'99) our first Young Alumni Leader award to recognize the accomplishements of alumni whose outstanding early career progress point to great things ahead. Chuck's early career as a portfolio manager at Fidelity Investments has been outstanding, including recognition as Boston Capital's "fund manager of the year" and a nod from Fortune Magazine as one of their "40 under 40." Chuck has also sustained significant involvement with the united Jewish Philanthropies
This year's awards will be presented at the Fall Kickoff Reception on September 11th, 2014. Please see the "events" section of the Wharton Club site for event details.
Past Joseph Wharton Award Recipients:
Last year, The Wharton Club was delighted to honor Maria Kussmaul. (WG'82) Maria was recognized for: 1) her long standing role in helping entrepreneurs and their investors to achieve their vision through independent advice, access to capital, and ultimately, liquidity through M&A transactions, both as a co-founder of AGC and in her prior role as a co-founder of Castile Ventures; 2) her ongoing volunteer efforts with local cultural institutions like the Boston Museum of Science, and; 3) her consistent mentorship of Wharton students and younger alumna.
In 2012, the Wharton Club of Boston was proud to honor Michael Jesanis, former President and CEO of National Grid for his role in transforming a small regional utility company into the Nation's second largest integrated energy delivery company, his ongoing efforts to improve the energy efficiency and environmental sustainability at a local community and building management level, and support of sustainable economic growth in Massachusetts.
In 2011, the Wharton Club of Boston recognized Gary Gottlieb, President and CEO of Partners Healthcare System for his instrumental role in building one of the nation's most successful healthcare providers right here in the Boston area, his long-standing efforts to reduce inequalities in access to healthcare, and efforts to promote job creation in Massachusetts..