Each year, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs holds a Global Leadership Awards Dinner to honor distinguished individuals for their outstanding achievements in the realms of international relations, global thought leadership, and philanthropy. This prestigious fundraising event is a highlight of the Council’s annual calendar.
 

2017 Global Leadership Awards Honorees

The Honorable Penny Pritzker
Founder and Chairman of PSP Capital Partners and Pritzker Realty Group

The Honorable Michael H. Moskow
Vice Chair and Distinguished Fellow, Global Economy, Chicago Council on Global Affairs

2016 Global Leadership Awards Honorees

Chicago Leadership Award

Samuel C. Scott III
Retired Chairman, President and Chief Execuive Officer, Corn Products International, Inc.

Global Leadership Award

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Academy Award-winning Pakistani documentary filmmaker

2015 Global Leadership Awards Honoree

Lester Crown
Chairman, Henry Crown and Company 
Chairman, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
 

2014 Global Leadership Awards Honorees

Chicago Leadership Award

Greg Q. Brown
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Motorola Solutions, Inc.

Global Leadership Award

His Excellency Anders Fogh Rasmussen
Secretary General, North Atlantic Treaty Organization

 

2013 Global Leadership Award Honorees

Chicago Leadership Award

John A. Canning, Jr
Chairman, Madison Dearborn Partners

National Leadership Award

The Honorable Thomas R. Pickering
Former Ambassador and Under Secretary of State, and Vice Chair, Hills & Co.

International Leadership Award

Leymah R. Gbowee
2011 Nobel Peace Laureate, and President, Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa

2012 Global Leadership Award Honorees

Chicago Leadership Award

Glenn F. Tilton
Chairman of the Midwest Region, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

National Leadership Award

Lee H. Hamilton
Director, The Center on Congress at Indiana University

International Leadership Award

Rt. Hon. Helen Clark
Administrator, UN Development Programme

2011 Global Leadership Award Honorees

Chicago Leadership Award

James A. Skinner
Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, McDonald’s Corporation

National Leadership Award

The Honorable Madeleine K. Albright
Former US Secretary of State and Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group

International Leadership Award

Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
Managing Director, World Bank

2010 Global Leadership Award Honorees

Chicago Leadership Award

David B. Speer
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Illinois Tool Works Inc.

National Leadership Award

Peter G. Peterson
Founder and Chairman, Peter G. Peterson Foundation

International Leadership Award

Ernesto Zedillo
Frederick Iseman '74 Director, Yale Center for the Study of Globalization and former President of Mexico.

2009 Global Leadership Award Honorees

Chicago Leadership Award

John W. Rowe
Chariman and Chief Executive Officer, Exelon Corporation

National Leadership Award

The Honorable William S. Cohen
Former US Secretary of Defense, and Former US Senator and Member of Congress for Maine

International Leadership Award

Dr. Nafis Sadik 
UN Under-Secretary General, Special Adviser to the UN Secretary General and UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Asia and the Pacific;  former Executive Director, UN Population Fund

2008 Global Leadership Award Honorees

Chicago Leadership Award

William A. Osborn
Chairman, Northern Trust Corporation

National Leadership Award

James D. Wolfensohn
Former President of the World Bank

International Leadership Award

Mary Robinson
Former President of Ireland and President of Realizing Rights: The Ethical Globalization Initiative

2007 Global Leadership Award Honorees

Chicago Leadership Award

Andrew J. McKenna
Chairman, Schwarz Paper Company;  Chairman, McDonald’s Corporation

National Leadership Award

Lt. General Brent Scowcroft 
USAF (Ret.), Founder and President, The Scowcroft Group

International Leadership Award

Sadako Ogata
President, Japan International Cooperation Agency

2006 Global Leadership Award Honorees

Chicago Leadership Awards

Mrs. Shirley Welsh Ryan 
Chairman, Pathways Awareness Foundation 

Mr. Patrick G. Ryan
Executive Chairman, Aon Corporation

National Leadership Award 

The Honorable Paul A. Volcker
Former Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

International Leadership Award

President Fernando Henrique Cardoso
Former President of Brazil

2005 Global Leadership Award Honorees

Chicago Leadership Award

Edgar D. Jannotta
Chairman, William Blair & Company

National Leadership Award 

Ambassador Carla A. Hills
Former US Trade Representative

International Leadership Award

Dr. Helmut Kohl
Former Chancellor of Germany 

2004 Global Leadership Award Honorees

Chicago Leadership Awards

John W. Madigan
Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Tribune Company 

Richard L. Thomas 
Retired Chairman, First Chicago NBD Corporation

National Leadership Award

The Honorable Catherine Ann Bertini, former Executive Director, UN World Food Programme

International Leadership Award

The Right Honorable The Lord Robertson of Port Ellen
Former Secretary General of NATO

2003 Global Leadership Award Honorees

Chicago Leadership Award

John H. Bryan 
Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Sara Lee Corporation

National Leadership Award 

Senator George J. Mitchell
Former US Senator from Maine