The Eli J. Segal Award

About the Award

Each year, we present this award to a senior business leader whose work and values exemplify the spirit of the late Eli J. Segal. Eli was known for his ability to bridge sectors – both during his career as a business leader and while serving in the Clinton administration – and was a master networker. “The Father of AmeriCorps,” as President Clinton calls him, Eli was also the founder of the Welfare to Work Partnership, for which he received the Presidential Citizens Medal. He led in his roles as a beacon towards collaboration and strategic vision to enact changes to our most pressing societal problems. He understood that no issue should be siloed and when we bring people together, we can do more to make a change. To continue this legacy, the honoree shall demonstrate a deep commitment to the following:

  • Social responsibility and civil engagement
  • Using his or her role as a leader in the business community to advance causes or issues that
  • Create growth and opportunity for all people
  • Mentoring rising leaders
  • Acting as a servant leader who shows humility and belief in gaining consensus from many community members
  • Engaging in work to develop partnerships across sectors

Past Awardees

  • Sam Kennedy, Boston Red Sox
  • John E. Rosenthal, Meredith Management
  • Chris Gabrieli, Mass2020
  • Paul Sagan, General Catalyst
  • Philip Edmundson, Affordable Care Today
  • Joshua Boger, Vertex Pharmaceuticals
  • Elyse Cherry, Boston Community Capital