Monday, October 17, 2016
Hearst Tower, 300 West 57th Street, 44th Floor
6:30 Cocktails; 7:30 Awards Dinner

Business Attire
Master of Ceremonies: JBF Award Winner Hugh Acheson
Menu created by: Leadership Award Honoree Bryant Terry
and Natural Gourmet Institute  
Musical performance by: The Potash Twins 

To purchase seats and tables, book online or download our reply form below. You may also contact Bowen & Company at 914-231-6180 or at JBF is also offering a special discounted package that includes a seat at the Leadership Awards and registration at the JBF Food Conference. Click the "book now" button below to take advanatge of this special offer.


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2016 Recipients

Greg Asbed and Lucas Benitez, Co-founders of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers
For their innovative work in forging a new human rights model in the food industry supply chain.


John Boyd, Jr., Founder and President of the National Black Farmers Association
For his leadership in the fight for African-American farmers’ civil rights.


Anna Lappé, Founder of the Small Planet Institute and Founder/Director of Real Food Media 
For her work as an author, educator, and sustainable food advocate.


Jim McGovern, Congressman, Massachusetts 
For his leadership as an advocate in the fight against hunger.


Raj Patel, Author, Activist and Academic
For his scholarship and advocacy work to change the inequalities in our world’s food system.


Read the full press release here


See our past Leadership Award recipients. 


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The JBF Leadership Awards spotlight the important and complex realms of sustainability, food access, and public health. We hope to raise awareness of these timely issues by celebrating the visionaries responsible for creating a healthier, safer, and more sustainable food world.

The Leadership Awards recognize specific outstanding initiatives as well as bodies of work and lifetime achievement. Excellence of work, innovation in approach, and scale of impact within a community or the nation were among the criteria used to select this year’s winners. Honorees are chosen by a cohort of past Leadership Award recipients.

Watch this video to learn more about the JBF Leadership Awards. See the James Beard Foundation's past Leadership Award recipients. 


Related Events

The 2015 JBF Food Conference

The JBF Leadership Awards are part of the annual JBF Food Conference. Each year our five Leadership Award recipients participate in panels and presentations at the conference. 

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