Meet Our 2015 Winners

With decades of experience and the vision to make a difference in their communities and the wider world, these six people over 60 have won The Purpose Prize in 2015.

This former journalist became an advocate for children with disabilities held in abusive institutions, fighting torture, training activists and changing lives in 36 countries.

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Laurie Ahern

2015 Winner

This former journalist became an advocate for children with disabilities held in abusive institutions, fighting torture, training activists and changing lives in 36 countries.

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This micro-lending champion capitalizes on equality and economic justice with bonds that fight the “feminization of poverty.”

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Patricia Foley Hinnen

The Purpose Prize for Financial Inclusion
Sponsored by MetLife Foundation
2015 Winner

This micro-lending champion capitalizes on equality and economic justice with bonds that fight the “feminization of poverty.”

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Far beyond the pulpit, this teacher-turned-Episcopal-priest helps young and old fiddle in harmony, building connections in rural communities.

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Rev. Belle Mickelson

The Purpose Prize for Intergenerational Impact
Sponsored by The Eisner Foundation
2015 Winner

Far beyond the pulpit, this teacher-turned-Episcopal-priest helps young and old fiddle in harmony, building connections in rural communities.

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This former Black Panther has created a refuge where young people can escape the violence in their lives, learn leadership skills and create art for social change.

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Jamal Joseph

2015 Winner

This former Black Panther has created a refuge where young people can escape the violence in their lives, learn leadership skills and create art for social change.

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This former New York State judge moved from the courtroom to Florida’s growing fields, bringing human rights and economic justice to over 30,000 farmworkers.

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Laura Safer Espinoza

2015 Winner

This former New York State judge moved from the courtroom to Florida’s growing fields, bringing human rights and economic justice to over 30,000 farmworkers.

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This doctor has modernized the tradition of house calls, with two generations’€™ support, bringing much-needed health care to 4,000 homebound elderly patients.

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Dr. Samuel Lupin

The Purpose Prize for Intergenerational Collaboration
Sponsored by The Eisner Foundation
2015 Winner

This doctor has modernized the tradition of house calls, with two generations’€™ support, bringing much-needed health care to 4,000 homebound elderly patients.

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Featured Purpose Prize Fellows

41 Purpose Prize fellows have been selected in 2015 for their inspiring encore stories and the impact of their work in their local communities.

A former schoolteacher and TV reporter tackles students' readiness to learn with teacher home visits.

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Karen Kalish

2015 Purpose Prize Fellow

A former schoolteacher and TV reporter tackles students' readiness to learn with teacher home visits.

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Hollywood producer creates college-based academies for youth in foster care.

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Peter Samuelson

2015 Purpose Prize Fellow

Hollywood producer creates college-based academies for youth in foster care.

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A medical researcher creates an education exchange, bringing services to immigrant refugees and raising health-care professionals' cultural awareness and cooperation.

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Valerie S. Palmer

2015 Purpose Prize Fellow

A medical researcher creates an education exchange, bringing services to immigrant refugees and raising health-care professionals' cultural awareness and cooperation.

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A black media exec sets up a program to teach black male millennials entrepreneurship.

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Henry Rock

2015 Purpose Prize Fellow

A black media exec sets up a program to teach black male millennials entrepreneurship.

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