Sandra Taylor holding award with 2 women next to her

Exemplary and Emerging Leader Award and Case Studies

The Exemplary Leader and Emerging Leader Awards recognize outstanding leaders across public, nonprofit, and private sectors. These leaders are honored in an award ceremony that is free and open to the public, and they also engage in small-group discussions with students.  These awards elevate leaders who exhibit the characteristics we aim to instill in our students and community members: self-knowledge, systemic orientation, stewardship, integrity, accountability, and empathy.  They also represent an opportunity to highlight leaders from traditionally underrepresented communities, including women, leaders from the BIPOC (Black, indigenous, and people of color) community, and immigrants.

In Fall 2021, we recognized Syrian-German refugee, legal professional, and political leader Tareq Alaows founded a refugee political group called Refugee Strike Bochum and an advocacy organization called Seebrucke, which seeks to establish safe havens for refugees and speak against the criminalization of refugee rescue. You may click here to view the virtual awards ceremony!

Case Studies are a collaborative project between Johnson Institute faculty, staff, and students that showcase the leadership and decision-making skills of Exemplary and Emerging Leader award recipients. This year, five graduate students are researching and writing a case study on Leah Lizarondo, co-founder of 412 Food Rescue.