Philadelphia Globy Awards recognize six local leaders for their local and global contributions
By Afea Tucker
The World Association of Philadelphia recognized six local leaders for their global impact and contributions to the city’s global stature at the 7th annual Globy Awards on Monday.
According to Executive Director Zabeth Teelucksingh, “this group has made Philadelphia the country’s first World Heritage city.”
The Globy Awards are a distinguished occasion where outstanding achievement with international implications is recognized in four main categories of leadership: education, heritage and preservation, community and business. â€œTo be a Philadelphia World Laureate means the world to me,â€ said Jillian Patricia Pirtle, executive director of the Marian Anderson National Museum and Historical Society. â€œThe Global Philadelphia Association takes seriously the fact that our cultural and historical institutions must be preserved and nothing more important than that of the legacy of our great Marian Anderson and all that she meant to the world, but above all to the city of Philadelphia. as an artist, as a humanitarian and as a world leader.
Pirtle received the Heritage and Preservation Leadership Globy Award. She is also the youngest owner of a national historic site in the United States.
As CEO of the Marian Anderson Museum and Historical Society, Pirtle heads the nonprofit organization and leads the programming of the Marian Anderson Museum exhibitions and the Marian Anderson Scholar Artists and Arts Empowerment programs.
â€œThe Globy Awards are an important opportunity in our global city to recognize the work of Philadelphians who are engaged in international activities that affect our residents,â€ said Teelucksingh.
The awards ceremony featured the inaugural Sustainability Leadership Award, an award that aligns with the initiative of Global Philadelphia and the City of Philadelphia in partnership with Mural Arts, as the first city to dedicate public art installations that will reflect each of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Philadelphia Water Commissioner Randy E. Hayman accepted the inaugural award for his leadership in sustainable development.
â€œThis opportunity to represent the Philadelphia Water Department as a force for environmentally sustainable policy and planning is a great honor,â€ says Hayman. â€œThrough our leadership and partnerships with our city agencies and communities, we are helping make Philadelphia one of the greenest cities in the country and doing our part to help the planet.â€
The Globy winners were celebrated over lunch at the Westin in Liberty Place in the downtown area.
Former Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter presented Lifetime Achievement Laureate Leslie Ann Miller.
Miller is an accomplished lawyer who, during a distinguished career, has always demonstrated a deep commitment to civic engagement.
Other winners included Loree D. Jones, CEO of Philabundance. Jones was recognized for her accomplishments as a community leader. Educational leadership awarded to Drexel University, John Fry, president, accepted on behalf of the university. Stephen S. Tang, Ph.D., President and CEO of OraSure won the Globy for Corporate Leadership.
The Global Philadelphia Association was founded in 2010 by nine of the major international organizations in the Greater Philadelphia area.
It was incorporated as a member-operated Pennsylvania nonprofit. Today, more than 200 internationally oriented organizations, businesses and individuals have become joint venture partners in the Global Philadelphia initiative.