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On April 23, Claremont McKenna College hosted the tenth annual Kravis Prize Award Ceremony, honoring Endeavor and acknowledging the organization’s impact on the state of entrepreneurship worldwide. Endeavor CEO and co-founder Linda Rottenberg shared insights on Endeavor’s work over the past 17 years and select Endeavor Entrepreneurs participated in a panel discussing their entrepreneurial journeys.
Held on the campus of Claremont McKenna College, the ceremony marked the tenth year of the Henry R. Kravis Prize in Nonprofit Leadership, but also celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Kravis Leadership Institute, one of CMC’s eleven research institutes. The Kravis Prize dinner, attended by members of the student body, faculty, staff, and Board of Trustees, along with past Kravis Prize winners, was a celebration of the impact of the Prize, the Leadership Institute and Endeavor.
The night also featured remarks by Claremont McKenna College President Hiram Chodosh and Chair of the Selection Committee Marie-Josee Kravis, who introduced Endeavor as the 2015 recipient. Mrs. Kravis spoke about the evolution of the Kravis Prize and how the award has touched the lives of 700 million people across the globe. Her speech mentioned the importance of empowering communities through healthcare, education, sports, and mentorship.
Linda Rottenberg remarked on the large impact Endeavor has had and on the importance of being recognized by the Kravis Prize. Rottenberg’s speech highlighted the story of Endeavor Entrepreneur Leila Velez, who came to Endeavor with a dream of beginning a haircare business ten years ago. Today, her company Beleza Natural operates 26 salons and employs over 1,000 people. Rottenberg also addressed the importance of entrepreneurship in inspiring economic and social growth, and how Endeavor has managed to find and support over a thousand high-impact entrepreneurs across the 23 markets where it operates.
Endeavor Entrepreneurs Zafer Younis, co-founder of Jordan’s The Online Project, and Alex Torrenegra and Tania Zapata, founders of Colombia’s Bunny Inc., also participated in a session celebrating high-impact entrepreneurship, sharing insights on what it takes to launch a enterprise and the value of collaboration. The session cited examples from Endeavor’s network and the role the organization plays as a catalyzer and curator of a global community of entrepreneurs.
The evening celebration ended with closing remarks by Henry R. Kravis ’67. Mr. Kravis not only spoke about Endeavor, but also about all the previous recipients of the award. He stressed the importance of metrics in measuring the impact the organization has on the community it supports.
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