Search for Excellence Underway: For the First Annual Thought Leadership & Innovation Foundation Awards

Individuals, companies and organizations applying for the Ignite Innovation Award or Oldham Family Thought Leadership Award visit   

Recognizing excellence to improve or transform health, advance educational opportunities and support economic empowerment, the Thought Leadership & Innovation Foundation (TLI) invites applicants for its inaugural national awards program.   There is no application fee.

Winners who exemplify innovation and excellence can apply in either category:

  • The Ignite Innovation Award honors excellence and practical application of an innovative new product, service line or project development, human-centered design or transformation process through a pilot or prototype program or a marketed product designed to advance health, education or economic empowerment in the United States

  • The Oldham Family Thought Leadership Award honors individual or organizational excellence and leadership in the innovation and transformation of health, education or economic empowerment in the United States.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age at the time of entry and must be a U.S. resident. The closing date for applications is September 30, 2019, and winners will be announced on October 30, 2019.

Why You Should Apply

The benefits for award recipients include opportunities to network with other honorees and TLI Fellows, community recognition as a thought leader and innovator, significant career recognition to enhance resume, business and social networking sites, featured as an honoree on the TLI website and in a press release, an emblem/badge to display on your website, opportunities to be featured in local media and acceptance into the TLI Innovation Hub pipeline.

What We’re Looking For

Ideal candidates share our commitment to innovation, collaboration and the implementation of ideas and approaches that solve issues in a way that is deeply human-centered and empowering for individuals and communities.

Tell us about the compelling stories and actionable lessons you’ve learned and demonstrate creativity, perseverance and passion.

Our overall goal is to build grant programs around the capabilities of our award recipients.


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