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We Are Boston Leadership Awards

A celebration of Boston's immigrant heritage, contributions, and diversity.

Call For Nominations

Boston’s diversity is the strength of our city. Corporations and individuals have made invaluable contributions in promoting and embracing Boston’s rich diversity and facilitating New Bostonians’ full participation in the life of the City. The Mayor and his Office of New Bostonians seek to honor these outstanding leaders with significant and special awards. Please take a few minutes to review the criteria below and nominate outstanding candidates in one or all of these categories.

The Corporate Courage Award is intended for a corporation that demonstrates consistent commitment in creating opportunities for Boston's diverse communities to thrive and be succesful. This corporation is particularly exemplary in:

  1. Recognizing and valuing immigrants’ contributions as a core business proposition.
  2. Promoting diversity, including addressing immigrant worker’s concerns through its own recruitment and retention policies and consistently demonstrating the support for its diverse staff at all levels.
  3. Developing a diverse base of supplier relationships and/or other partners.
  4. Developing and promoting products and programs that are accessible to diverse communities.
  5. Building a track record of promoting and supporting Boston’s multicultural richness, as well as empowering New Bostonian communities.
  6. Contributing to Boston’s diverse communities, including immigrant communities, with financial and/or in-kind support.

Corporate Courage Award Requirements:

  • CEO must accept the award in person at the 2012 We Are Boston Gala on December 4, 2012.

  • Efforts must impact/affect the city of Boston and its diverse communities, including immigrants.

The Community Champion Award is intended for an immigrant who has demonstrated leadership by:

  1. Advocating and promoting progress in New Bostonians’ participation in the economic, social, civic, and cultural life of Boston.
  2. Fostering and facilitating greater understanding of key issues that impact immigration.
  3. Facilitating an increase in investment in support of New Bostonians communities.
  4. Inspiring cultural pride and empowering his/her community.

Community Champion Award Requirements:

  • In the case where an individual has been selected to receive this award s/he must accept the award in person at the 2012 We Are Boston Gala on December 4, 2012.

  • His/her efforts must impact/affect the city of Boston and its diverse communities, including immigrants.

The  School and Youth Action Award is intended for a school and New Bostonian student, under 21 years of age, who is an immigrant or whose parents are immigrants. The student and his or her school will be honored together at the Gala.

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The New Bostonian student must:

  1. Translate the perseverance, courage and idealism of New Bostonians into action.
  2. Has made significant contributions to empower his/her community.
  3. Has demonstrated cultural pride and promoted cross-cultural understanding and collaboration.
  4. Is recognized as an inspiration to his or her peers.

The School must:

  1. Demonstrate how it has nurtured the student to achieve the mentioned criteria in (1) and (2).
  2. Demonstrate how it values the diverse cultures and languages as assets in their student body.

Youth Action Award Requirements:

  • The school Principal and the student must accept the award in person at the 2012 We Are Boston Gala on December 4, 2012.
  • The school and the student’s efforts must impact/affect the city of Boston and its diverse communities, including immigrants.

Nominations and any supporting documents must be submitted via e-mail to agnes.chang@cityofboston.gov with Awards Nomination as subject line.

View the Nomination Form


 

2011

Tim Wakefield, Leadership Award- Boston Red Sox pitcher and advocate for support organizations that help children in need. In 2010, Tim was awarded the MLB's Roberto Clemente Award presented annually to the player who best represents the game of baseball through sportsmanship, community involvement and positive contributions to the their teams.

Raytheon Company (Corporate Courage Award)

Ricardo Quiroga (Community Pioneer Award)

Marcia Drew Hohn (New Bostonians Champion)

Carro Hua, Manuel Gomes, Tucker Gaye and Vickie Miranda (Youth Action Award)

2010

Victoria Reggie Kennedy, Leadership Award- An attorney and advocate for homelessness, economic opportunity, health care, education, domestic violence, and involvement in the political process.

Citizens Bank (Corporate Courage Award)

Helen Choi and Frederica Williams (Community Pioneer Award)

Margot Stern Strom (New Bostonians Champion)

Kiara Cordero and Shu Ming Huang (Youth Action Award)

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2009

Yo-Yo Ma, Leadership Award Winner and Cultural Ambassador to the world, Yo-Yo Ma's musical career embodies the spirit of diversity that "We Are Boston" celebrates. In 1998, Ma established the Silk Road Project, a non-profit organization promoting the study of cultural, artistic and intellectual traditions along the ancient Silk Road trade routes.

Colette Phillips, President, Colette Phillips Communications (Community Leadership Award)

Tufts Medical Center (Corporate Leadership Award)

Maria Pires Centeio (Youth Leadership Award)

Allain Cherenant (Youth Leadership Award)

Andre Marcel Donegan (Youth Leadership Award)

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2008

Bill Russell, Leadership Award- A lifetime of achievements as a basketball legend and leader on and off the court.

Rev. Gloria White Hammond, MD (Community Leadership Award)

Verizon (Corporate Leadership Award)

DanThuy Chu (Youth Leadership Award)

Diego Medina (Youth Leadership Award)

Berjeany Charles (Youth Leadership Award)

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2007

David Ortiz, Leadership Award- The Dominican native was an integral part of the Boston Red Sox team that won the 2004 World Series after 86 years of capturing a single world championship.

Darryl S. Settles (Community Leadership Award)

State Street Corporation (Corporate Leadership Award)

Herbert Maisonet (Youth Leadership Award)

2006

U.S. Senator Edward M. Kennedy, Leadership Award- He fought tirelessly for immigration reform during his time in the United States Senate.

Diane Portnoy (Community Leadership Award)

Mark Cosmo (Individual Achievement Award)

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (Corporate Leadership Award)

Carlos Saavedra (Youth Leadership Award)

Video & Multimedia

  • Being Boston

    A showcase of Boston's diversity through personal stories.

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  • We Are Boston Gala 2011

    Mayor Menino and the MONB celebrate the cultural diversity of Boston and recognize Boston's immigrants at the sixth annual We Are Boston Gala Awards.

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  • We Are Boston 2010

    Mayor Menino and the MONB welcomes Victoria Kennedy as well as community and corporate leaders to the fifth annual We Are Boston Gala Awards.

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  • We Are Boston 2009

    View a photo slideshow and video from the We Are Boston Gala 2009.

    2009 We Are Boston Gala Slideshow

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  • We Are Boston 2008

    View a photo slideshow and video from the We Are Boston Gala 2008.

    2008 We Are Boston Gala Slideshow

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  • We Are Boston 2007

    View a photo slideshow from the We Are Boston Gala 2007.

    2007 We Are Boston Gala

  • We Are Boston 2006

    View a photo slideshow from the We Are Boston Gala 2006.

    2006 We Are Boston Gala