Top Thought Leaders in Trust - 2015 Awards - GAI Chairman Hank Boerner Named Lifetime Achievement Award Winner
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Trust Across America-Trust Around the World (TAA-TAW), global leaders in organizational trust honors its 2015 Top Thought Leaders in Trust. The awards program, now in its 5th year, celebrates professionals who are transforming the way organizations do business.

Governance & Accountability Institute Chairman Hank Boerner was named to the 2015 awards list and is one of only 15 professionals named to the prestigious "Top Thought Leaders in Trust: 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award Winners."

The Trust Awards:  While there are a growing number of global "top" lists and awards, no others address trust, perhaps because the word itself presents a definitional challenge. For six-plus years TAA-TAW has been working with a team of experts to study, define and quantify organizational trust and trustworthiness.

According to Barbara Kimmel, Executive Director: "The release of this year’s list coincides with the completion of our 'official' Campaign for Trust™, an initial two-year collaborative program to build organizational trust tools, now being extended into 2015.

"As our understanding of trust deepens, so does our pool of exceptional award candidates. Many of this year’s honorees are well-known CEOs, authors and leadership advisors, while others are quietly working behind the scenes as teachers and researchers. We acknowledge and reward all their efforts in elevating societal trust."

This year TAA-TAW is presenting a Lifetime Achievement Award to just 15 colleagues who have maintained Top Thought Leader status consecutively for five years, and their names are being permanently memorialized.

Barbara Kimmel:  "We congratulate all of our honorees whose work is shining a spotlight on the importance of trust and providing a roadmap for others to follow. They inspire organizations to look more closely at their higher create greater value for, and trust from all of their stakeholders, and understand trust to be a 'hard currency' that can leverage real business gains.

The 2015 Lifetime Honorees are memorialized on the organization's web site, while complete details including [awards] methodology, judges, award winners, articles and additional trust resources can be found in the winter issue of TRUST! Magazine, sent free of charge upon registration.

Trust Across America-Trust Around the World™ is a program of Next Decade, Inc., an award-winning communications firm that has been unraveling and simplifying complex subjects for over 20 years. TAA-TAW helps organizations build trust through its abundance of resources. It also provides a framework for organizations to improve trustworthy practices, and showcases individuals and organizations exhibiting high levels of trust and integrity.

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Top Thought Leaders in Trust:
2015 Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

  • Patricia Aburdene - A world-renown speaker, author and advocate of corporate transformation. Having won global recognition as co-author of the Megatrends books, Patricia now inspires audiences with a concrete blueprint of how values and consciousness will transform business. @paburdene
  • Hank Boerner - Chairman of the Governance & Accountability Institute. While Hank's expertise is in ESG factors and issues, his approach is to educate leaders on the three pillars of Aristotle's method -- Ethos (who you are/your values); Pathos (your connection to the audience, especially based on establishing trust); and Logos (the "sign," the message that you are conveying, which must be grounded in truth). @gainstitute
  • Stephen M.R. Covey - A sought-after and compelling keynote speaker and advisor on trust, leadership, ethics, and high performance. He is the author/co-author of several books including The SPEED of Trust and Smart Trust: Creating Prosperity, Energy, and Joy in a Low-Trust World. @StephenMRCovey
  • Jed Emerson - An internationally recognized thought leader in sustainability and sustainable finance, impact investing, social entrepreneurship and strategic philanthropy. Jed has played founder roles with some of the nation's leading venture philanthropy, community venture capital and social enterprises. Selected twice by the Nonprofit Times as one of the Top 50 Leaders in the sector. @BlendedValue
  • Leslie Gaines-Ross - Weber Shandwick's chief reputation strategist and the architect of award-winning research into CEO and corporate reputation, CEO transitions, corporate rankings, online reputation, executive visibility, thought leadership, and reputation sustainability and recovery. Leslie is one of the world’s most widely recognized experts on reputation—how reputations are built, enhanced and protected. @ReputationRx
  • Robert Galford - A managing partner of the Center for Leading Organizations, Rob has taught executive programs for more than 20 years, including 12 years at Harvard's Graduate School of Design, 5 years for the National Association of Corporate Directors and on customized programs worldwide. Listed as one of the 100 Thought Leaders on Corporate Boards. Rob is the co-author of The Trusted Advisor, The Trusted Leader and Your Leadership. @RobertGalford
  • Mary Gentile - Creator and Director of the "Giving Voice to Values" curriculum and Senior Research Scholar at Babson College; expert on ethical decision making; and author of Giving Voice to Values: How To Speak Your Mind When You Know What's Right.
  • Bill George - Senior Fellow at Harvard Business School. He is the former Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Medtronics and author of four best-selling books including True North and Seven Lessons for Leading in Crisis. @Bill_George
  • Charles H. Green - Leads Trusted Advisor Associates. Charles is a speaker and executive educator on trust-based relationships and trust-based selling in complex businesses. The author of Trust-based Selling and co-author of The Trusted Advisor and The Trusted Advisor Fieldbook. @CharlesHGreen
  • Jim Kouzes - The Dean’s Executive Professor of Leadership, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University, and an award-winning speaker, cited by the Wall Street Journal as one of the ten best executive educators in the U.S. He is the co-author of over thirty books and workbooks, including the bestselling The Leadership Challenge. According to Jim, "Trust is the central issue in human relationships." @Jim_Kouzes
  • Linda Locke - A Senior Vice President at Standing Partnership, Linda consults with organizations on how to improve their reputations. She helps them understand whether or not they are trusted, and which business strategies, actions and decisions would help them become more trusted and what they can do to mitigate risk. Previously she conceptualized, created and led the global corporate reputation practice for MasterCard Worldwide. @Reputationista
  • Edward Marshall - A trusted partner who works with senior leadership to transform their cultures and organizations to achieve significant results through trust and collaboration. Edward has been President of The Marshall Group, Inc. for over 25 years. He has facilitated more than 100 change projects. He is the author of Building Trust at the Speed of Change.
  • Jeffrey Seglin - Lecturer of public policy and director of the communications program at Harvard Kennedy School, writes "The Right Thing," a weekly column on general ethics that has been syndicated by Tribune Media Services since September 2010. From 2004 through 2010, he wrote an ethics column distributed by The New York Times Syndicate. He is the author of The Right Thing: Conscience, Profit and Personal Responsibility in Today's Business. @jseglin
  • Frank Sonnenberg - An award-winning author of five books and over 300 articles, Frank has served on several boards and has consulted to some of the largest and most respected companies in the world. Additionally, FrankSonnenbergOnline was named among the "Best 21st Century Leadership Blogs." Frank’s newest book is Follow Your Conscience. @FSonnenberg
  • Robert Whipple - The CEO of Leadergrow Incorporated, an organization devoted to the development of leaders. Also known as "The TRUST Ambassador,” Bob is a nationally recognized consultant, author and teacher, and an expert at helping organizations build higher levels of TRUST. Author of three books including his latest Trust in Transition: Navigating Organizational Change. @Rwhipple

The full list of 2015 honorees can be accessed on January 26 in the
Winter 2015 Issue of TRUST! Magazine


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