Earlier this week we got a teaser for summer in Seattle with some lovely warm, sunny days. WGHA has a teaser of our own. We hope you will set aside October 8th to spend the evening with us at the second annual “Pioneers of Global Health Awards Dinner”. Yes, October is a ways off and yes, you get a lot of invitations to support worthy causes … but how often do you get to celebrate our region’s global health community? Answer: Only once a year. How often do we gather to acknowledge the accomplishments of some of our best and brightest? Answer: Only once a year. And how often do we get to see brilliant scientists and dedicated health workers sprint to out-run each other to get to a delectable array of desserts? I guarantee, you only see that one time a year. We know how fast your calendars fill up, so we hope you will save the date now.
And if the Pioneers Dinner planning is underway, you know that means nominations for the “Pioneers of Global Health Awards” will be due soon. We encourage you to nominate your colleagues, organizations, and heroes. We’re looking to get your ideas for the, “Rising Leader” for a person 40 or under who is leading transformative work, for the “Outstanding Global Health Organization” for – well you guessed that one, and for the Individual “Award for Impact” for a person who has demonstrated broad influence in his or her field and has also shown commitment to our global health sector regionally.
You can access the nomination form here. Nominations are due May 26, 2015.
All applications will be assessed by our esteemed panel of judges including last year’s winners Dr. Ken Stuart, Founder of Seattle BioMed; Tala De Los Santos, Diagnostics Group Leader at PATH; and Erik Iverson, co-President of the Infectious Disease Research Institute. WGHA board member and GAPPS Executive Director, Dr. Craig Rubens will chair the panel and will also be joined by Dr. Ali Mokdad, Professor at the University of Washington School of Public Health.
The winners will be announced this July, and will be honored in person at the Pioneers Dinner in October which will be at … insert drum roll here … the Triple Door in downtown Seattle. We will once again have some great auction offerings. Bidders on one of last year’s highlights were treated to a phenomenal evening by the “Pioneering Women”, our extraordinary group of supporters (see the picture at the top of this page and see more fun photos from the event here). Thanks to party hosts Claire Bonilla, Elizabeth Aylward, Tina Catterall, Gretchen Sorensen, Jackie Sherris, Heidi de Laubenfels, Alexandra Farnum, Kedest Tesfagiorgis and Josie Noah. The setting at the Bonilla home on Ames Lake was idyllic; the food prepared by Elizabeth, Tina and Gretchen rivaled any 5-star restaurant. They’ve offered to do it again next year – you won’t want to miss it! Special thanks also to Orin Levine and Amie Batson from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and PATH respectively for their thoughtful insights about the present and future of global health, and how the heck to raise a family while focusing on problems worldwide.
We hope to hear from you – nominate your colleagues, your organization and your colleagues’ organizations. And mark your calendars now – we hope to see you running for that coconut cream pie October 8th!