Our 2016 Leadership Award recipients were honored at a ceremony hosted by JBF Award winner Hugh Acheson at Hearst Tower on October 17, 2016. Watch their acceptance speeches below.
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For their innovative work in forging a new human rights model in the food industry supply chain.
For his leadership in the fight for African-American farmers’ civil rights.
For her work as an author, educator, and sustainable food advocate.
For his leadership as an advocate in the fight against hunger.
For his scholarship and advocacy work to change the inequalities in our world’s food system.
Read the full press release here.
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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.
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.