Who Are the American Express NGen Leadership Award Finalists?

Next generation nonprofit and philanthropic leaders face many unique challenges and opportunities when it comes to addressing society’s toughest social issues.

The rise of technology has created gulfs in access to information and opportunity, growing income and wealth inequality threatens the safety and stability of future generations, and political and cultural divides have eroded trust and a sense of accountability in local, national, and international communities.

Amidst these challenges, next generation leaders are stepping up to forge a path forward. The five finalists for the 2017 American Express NGen Leadership Award, in their own way, embody core characteristics of 21st century leadership. These sector leaders were selected because they:

  • Demonstrate transformative impact in his or her field, beyond just his or her organization;
  • Display a proven ability to collaborate in innovative, inclusive ways;
  • Show how s/he identifies needs, generates solutions, and assesses progress toward goals; and
  • Models leadership presence.

Learn more about these leaders below and join us for a Twitter Town Hall conversation Friday, July 14 from 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET using #ngenleads.

Sarah Eagle Heart, CEO, Native Americans in Philanthropy

Sarah Eagle Heart, Oglala Lakota, is an accomplished and internationally experienced executive focused on education and advocacy on behalf of Indigenous Peoples as the CEO for Native Americans in Philanthropy since September 2015.

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Blair Glencorse, Executive Director, Accountability Lab

Blair Glencorse is leading a movement for accountability and integrity around the world through the Accountability Lab. The Lab works in communities to make governments more accountable and to open-up civic space- using the arts, media, culture and technology.

Cesar Gonzalez, CEO, Starting Bloc

Cesar Gonzalez believes that for the first time in human history we have the real opportunity, the tools and the will to build a world that works for everyone. As CEO of StartingBloc, his lives out this belief by supporting leaders of change to build the skills, the alliances, and the strength they will need to bend the arc of history.

Laura Weidman Powers, Cofounder & CEO, Code 2040

Laura Weidman Powers is the co-founder and CEO of Code2040, a nonprofit that aims to close the racial wealth gap in America by creating pathways to success in the innovation economy for Black and Latinx technologists.

Ginger Zielinskie, President & CEO, Data Benefits Trust

Ginger Zielinskie, President & CEO of Benefits Data Trust, leads a diverse and dedicated team committed to transforming how people in need access public benefits and services.

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