William Penn Award Gala

The highest honor in the Greater Philadelphia business community
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2018 William Penn Award Gala attendance

The William Penn Award is the highest honor bestowed upon a business person in the Greater Philadelphia business community. Each spring, recipients are chosen for their outstanding contributions toward the betterment of the region, their professional accomplishments, and their commitment to charity as well as to the community. This formal dinner-dance and networking reception welcomes regional business leaders as they pay tribute to the recipient.

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About the 2018 Honoree

Dr. Amy Gutmann

Dr. Amy Gutmann
President, University of Pennsylvania

Since becoming president of the University of Pennsylvania in 2004, Amy Gutmann has been widely recognized for her transformative leadership, including increasing Penn’s diversity, interdisciplinary excellence, innovation ecosystem, and civic engagement both locally and globally.

The first in her family to graduate college, Dr. Gutmann has made access to a Penn education a top priority. She has more than doubled the number of students from low-income, middle-income, and first-generation college families at Penn. Under her leadership, Penn is the nation’s largest university offering all-grant financial aid that meets the full need of undergraduate students, three quarters of whom graduate debt-free.

She has also led the creation of an innovation ecosystem on a vibrantly expanded campus, which includes the 23-acre Pennovation Works, located close to Penn’s academic core.

The Pennovation Center is a flagship business incubator and laboratory, and the Penn Center for Innovation fast-tracks Penn discoveries and technologies to meet social needs.

Dr. Gutmann leads a preeminent healthcare system, featuring a premier medical school, the Perelman School of Medicine, and six major hospitals. As Philadelphia’s largest private employer and healthcare provider, Penn has an economic impact of $10 billion in the city of Philadelphia and $14 billion annually in Pennsylvania. With more than $1 billion in sponsored research annually, Penn is an economic powerhouse for Philadelphia and the surrounding region.

Global engagement has been a centerpiece of her presidency, with the creation of the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement in Washington, led by Vice President Joseph Biden, the opening of the Perry World House on campus and the opening of the Penn Wharton China Center in Beijing, all of which mark major new university-wide initiatives that promote global solutions and bring the world to Penn and Penn to the world.

Dr. Gutmann has continued her award-winning scholarship and pathbreaking public service. Her seventeenth book, Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven but Nobody Wants to Die: Bioethics and the Transformation of American Healthcare (with Jonathan D. Moreno) will be published in 2019 by W.W. Norton. President Barack Obama selected her to chair the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues from 2009-17. The Commission published ten major reports on important issues of science and healthcare.

Dr. Gutmann graduated from Radcliffe College of Harvard University. She earned her master’s degree in political science from the London School of Economics and her doctorate from Harvard.

Before her appointment at Penn in 2004, Dr. Gutmann was the Provost and the Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor at Princeton University, where she also served as founding director of the University Center for Human Values, dean of the faculty, and senior advisor to the president.

Past Winners

2017

Daniel J. Hilferty

2016

C.R. “Chuck” Pennoni

2015

Judith M. von Seldeneck

2014

William P. Hankowsky

2013

Joseph Neubauer

2012

J. William Mills, III

2011

David L. Cohen

2010

Joseph A. Frick

2009

Charles P. Pizzi

2008

H. FitzGerald Lenfest

2007

Constantine Papadakis, Ph.D.

2006

William R. Sasso, Esq.

2005

Nicholas DeBenedictis

2004

Ed Snider

2003

Dr. Judith Rodin

2002

John K. Binswanger

2001

Ralph Roberts

2000

G. Fred DiBona, Jr.

1999

William J. “Bill” Avery

1998

Warren V. “Pete” Musser

1997

Walter D’Alessio

1996

Joseph F. Paquette, Jr.

1995

Willard G. Rouse, III

1994

Ronald Rubin

1993

Charles L. Andes

1992

Nelson Harris

1991

Harold L. Yoh, Jr.

1990

Robert G. Wilder

1989

Walter H. Annenberg

1988

Robert D. Kilpatrick

1987

Henry Wendt

1986

Henry H. Reichner, Jr.

1985

Joseph C. Ladd

1984

Harold A. Sorgenti

1983

Theodore A. Burtis

1982

W. Thacher Longstreth

1981

Arthur C. Kaufmann

1980

William S. Cashel, Jr.

1979

Harold A. Shaub

1978

Frank G. Binswanger, Sr.

1977

William P. Drake

1976

Robert D. Bent

1975

R. Stewart Rauch, Jr.

1974

Paul R. Kaiser

1973

Eugene Ormandy

1972

Gustave G. Amsterdam

1971

John P. Bracken

1970

William L. Day

1969

J. Howard Pew

1968

Richard C. Bond

1967

Frederick A. Potts

1966

Reverend Leon H. Sullivan

1965

William W. Scranton

1964

Wilfred D. Gillen

1963

Robert M. Blough

1962

Frederick R. Kappel

1961

William McChesney Martin, Jr.

1960

John A. Diemand

1959

Thomas B. McCabe

1958

Neil H. McElroy

1957

James M. Symes

1956

Donald K. David

1955

George M. Humphrey

1954

John J. McCloy

1953

Albert M. Greenfield

1952

Horace P. Liversidge

1951

General Robert E. Wood

1950

Charles E. Wilson

1949

Paul G. Hoffman

WILLIAM PENN AWARD GALA: FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2019

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