2013 Award Recipient

Natalie Holder-Winfeld

Natalie Holder-Winfield is an employment lawyer and diversity consultant whose work has been featured in the New York Times, the New York Law Journal, Good Morning Connecticut, and Diversity Executive magazine. She creates customized leadership programs and training videos, integrated with diversity, for Fortune 500 corporations, law firms, government agencies and not-for-profit organizations, such as Time Warner, Deloitte, Proskauer Rose and the New York Mission Society. Natalie Holder-Winfield wrote, Recruiting and Retaining a Diverse Workforce: New Rules for a New Generation, after receiving program attendees’ requests for her training materials. New Rules provides human resource managers, diversity officers, managers, employees and students with practical advice and ideas for creating inclusive cultures. The book has been used to facilitate discussions at orientations, meetings, roundtable discussions, recruitment events and diversity training sessions. Natalie graduated from New York University, Tulane Law School, and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth’s Executive Education program. She is the Chair of the New York State Bar Association’s Labor & Employment’s Diversity Committee, a member of New York University’s Young Alumni Leadership Circle, and the United Way of Greater New Haven.


  • 2012 Award Recepient: Dr. Jack (John Kuo Wei) Tchen is a facilitator, teacher, historian, curator, re-organizer, and dumpster diver. He works on understanding the multiple presents, pasts, the futures of New York City, identity formations, trans-local cross-cultural communications, archives and epistemologies, and progressive pedagogy. Read More
  • 2011 Award Recipient: Fritz Francois MD, MS, FACG earned a B.A. with commencement speaker honors from NYU College of Arts and Science. He completed his medical degree at the NYU School of Medicine, where he stayed for internship, residency, chief residency, and gastroenterology fellowship. During residency he founded the Department of Internal Medicine Organization to Nurture Diversity (D.I.A.M.O.N.D.) to address recruitment and retention of underrepresented minorities into the medicine training program. Read More
  • 2010 Award Recipient: Howard Zinn, a historian, playwright, and social activist. He was a shipyard worker and Air Force bombardier before he went to college under the GI Bill and received his Ph.D. from Columbia University. Read More
  • 2009 Award Recipient: Peter Westbrook, founder and executive director of the Peter Westbrook Foundation. He is a six-time member of the U.S. Olympic Team and the winner of the bronze medal in the 1984 Olympics. Read More
  • 2008 Award Recipient: Anna Deavere Smith, actress, playwright, and author. It has been said that she created a new form of theater. When granted the prestigious MacArthur Award, her work was described as "a blend of theatrical art, social commentary, journalism, and intimate reverie." Read More
  • 2007 Award Recipient: Majora Carter was born, raised, and continues to live and work in the Hunts Point section of the South Bronx. But that doesn't mean her career has not taken her around the city, the nation and the world in pursuit of resources and ideas to improve the quality of life in her environmentally challenged community. Read More