Meet the 2015 Bacon Prize Honoree

December 11, 2014 | Center News, Lectures + Talks

Judith Rodin, PhD | President, The Rockefeller Foundation

The Ed Bacon Memorial Committee selected Judith Rodin, President of The Rockefeller Foundation, as the 2015 Bacon Prize honoree.

About Rodin

Judith Rodin is president of The Rockefeller Foundation, one of the world's leading philanthropic organizations. She was previously president of the University of Pennsylvania, and provost of Yale University. Since joining the Foundation in 2005, Dr. Rodin has recalibrated its focus to meet the challenges of the 21st century and today the Foundation supports and shapes innovations to expand opportunity worldwide and build greater resilience by helping people, communities and institutions prepare for, withstand and emerge stronger from acute shocks and chronic stresses. The Foundation accomplishes these goals through work that advances health, revalues ecosystems, secures livelihoods and transforms cities.

A widely recognized international leader in academia, science and development issues, Dr. Rodin has actively participated in influential global forums, including the World Economic Forum, the Council on Foreign Relations, Clinton Global Initiative and the United Nations General Assembly. Dr. Rodin is also a member of the African Development Bank's High Level Panel, a Board member of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (co-created by The Rockefeller Foundation). In November 2012, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo named Dr. Rodin to co-chair the NYS 2100 Commission on long-term resilience following Superstorm Sandy,

A pioneer and innovator throughout her career, Dr. Rodin was the first woman named to lead an Ivy League Institution and is the first woman to serve as The Rockefeller Foundation's president. A research psychologist by training, she was one of the pioneers of the behavioral medicine and health psychology movements. 

Dr. Rodin is the author of more than 200 academic articles and has written or co-written 14 books, including The Power of Impact Investing and The Resilience Dividend: Being Strong in a World Where Things Go Wrong. She has received 19 honorary doctorate degrees and has been named one of Crain's 50 Most Powerful Women in New York. She has also been recognized as one of Forbes Magazine's World's 100 Most Powerful Women three years in a row.

Dr. Rodin serves as a member of the board for several leading corporations and non-profits including Citigroup, Laureate Education, Inc., Comcast, and the White House Council for Community Solutions. Dr. Rodin is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and earned her Ph.D. in Psychology from Columbia University.


2015 Bacon Prize + Talk Awards Celebration

Join us in honoring Judith Rodin for her continuing contributions to the built environment on the evening of February 18, 2015 at Moore College of Art & Design from 6:30-8:30pm. Also honored at this ceremony will be the student winners of the 2015 Better Philadelphia Challenge. Join us before the ceremony at 5:30pm for our VIP reception which will feature heavy hors d'oeuvres, wine, beer, and live music. In attendance will be Dr. Rodin, the student winners, local dignitaries, and our invaluable sponsors, without whom this program would not be possible. The ceremony will be followed by a coffee + dessert reception featuring a book signing with Dr. Rodin. Her new book, The Resilience Dividend: Being Strong in a World Where Things Go Wrong, explores how people, organizations, businesses, communities, and cities have developed resilience in the face of otherwise catastrophic challenges.

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