Leadership in Global Engagement Award
For the 75th anniversary of the Denver Council on Foreign Relations the organization began awarding distinguished members of the community with the Leadership in Global Engagement AwardRecepients are recognized for their outstanding achievements in linking Denver, the Front Range, and Colorado via global, international, national, statewide, and local engagement.

2021: George Sparks
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George Sparks has been the President & CEO of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science since November 2004. He spent 24 years in the electronics measurement business at Hewlett-Packarge and Agilent Technologies. His career included marketing, sales, and general management of global business in software, systems, and services.

George’s career and impact have literally traversed the globe. As an executive for Hewlett Packard, he ran global projects for more than 20 years, leading research and development and marketing teams in Scotland, Japan and Germany. In one role, he led a team of 1800 technical support people in 16 different time zones, integrating many different cultural expectations and norms. And as vice president for Hewlett Packard’s wireless communications business, his team created tools and software for cellular technology developers in the U.S., Europe and Asia. While leading international teams spread across the world, George flew 2 million miles, meeting with team members and customers...[Continue Reading]​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


2020: Dr. Doug Jackson
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Dr. Douglas Jackson serves as the President and CEO of Project C.U.R.E. Each week, Project C.U.R.E. delivers approximately four semi-truck loads of donated medical supplies and equipment to desperately needy people around the world. Since 1987, Project C.U.R.E. has delivered equipment and supplies to hospitals and clinics in over 135 countries. In addition to delivering approximately equipment and supplies, Project C.U.R.E. sends teams of medical professionals to assist partner hospitals and clinics. They also provide hundreds of hours of training through the Helping Babies Breathe and Helping Mothers Survive curriculum. More than 20,000 people volunteer with Project C.U.R.E. every year, making the organization one of the most efficient and effective grass-roots organizations in the country...[Continue Reading]




2019: Kim Day
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Kim Day was destined for a career in aviation.  As a U.S. Air Force brat, Kim was exposed to travel and airplanes at an early age. She developed a love of travel, despite being dragged with her brother to every Civil War battlefield in America. Her interest in airports came after receiving a Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch.) degree from Cornell University, and practicing architecture for more than 20 years. After working on office buildings, hotels, and prisons (hotels without the nice finishes and furniture), she began work on airports – and found her passion.

Kim’s new-found passion led a transition from the private sector to Los Angeles World Airports—the agency that manages Los Angeles International Airport, Ontario International Airport, Van Nuys Airport, and Palmdale Regional Airport. There she initially oversaw design and construction, and later was appointed as executive director.

In 2007, she traveled to Denver to interview with then-Mayor John Hickenlooper for the position of manager of aviation for Denver International Airport (DEN).  Mayor Hickenlooper recognized her architectural background as a skillset that not only includes the ability to create a vision but also the love of follow through to achieve it...[Continue Reading]


2018: Social Science Foundation (SFF)



The Social Science Foundation (SSF) supports the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.  It was established in 1923 and today manages a multi-million dollar trust, the proceeds of which are dedicated to promoting the study and application of international relations at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  In recent years, the SSF has helped finance the school's unique certificate programs in global health and humanitarian assistance, while providing seed capital for new centers and research institutes...[Continue Reading]

2017: Professor Ved Nanda
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On May 10th, DCFR concluded its exciting year by hosting the 2017 Leader in Global Engagement Award celebration where the award was presented to Professor Ved Nanda.  This annual event was the organization’s fourth gala in which it awarded an outstanding patron of the Rocky Mountain Region for their historic contributions to the international community. 

Professor Ved Nanda is not only a pillar of the local Denver community, but one whose extensive contributions to the national and international law communities have earned him this year’s Award...[Continue Reading]

2016: Daniel L. Ritchie
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In January 2007, Daniel L. Ritchie became Chairman and CEO of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, one of the largest cultural complexes in the United States, a position he held until 2017.  Prior to that,  he was Chairman of the Board of the University of Denver from 2005 to 2007 where he served as the 16th Chancellor for 16 years from 1989 to 2005.

Ritchie's involvement with the University of Denver began in 1983 when he became a trustee. He served as vice chairman of the board and chaired the development committee before becoming Chancellor.

In his nearly 20 years of involvement with DU, the oldest private university in the Rocky Mountain region, the school has steadily gained stature and strengthened academic programs...[Continue Reading]

2015: Ambassador Christopher R. Hill
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Ambassador Christopher R. Hill served as a peace corps volunteer in the Republic of Cameroon from 1974 - 1976 before joining the State Department in 1977.  Throughout his diplomatic career, he served as Ambassador of the United States to the Former Yugoslav Repbulic of Macedonia from 1996 - 1999, Special Envoy to Kosovo from 1998-1999, Ambassador to Poland from 2000 - 2004, and Ambassador to the Republic of Korea from 2004 - 2005. ..[Continue Reading]


2014: Mayor Michael Hancock
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Michael B. Hancock, who became the city’s 45th mayor in July 2011,  immediately began to transform Denver into a more globally competitive city. With the fifth-busiest airport in the United State serving more than 54 million passengers per year, Mayor Hancock is leveraging Denver International Airport (DIA) to make the entire Denver region a major gateway to the world.

The Mayor has also developed strategic short- and long-term business plans to support and grow Denver’s diverse, intelligent and forward-leaning businesses in emerging industries such as clean energy, bio-technology, telecommunications, aerospace and healthcare. Denver’s economy is at the forefront of American cities, offering among the strongest job and housing markets in the U.S...[Continue Reading]