Seattle University Selects Christopher Fontana as a Finalist for Red Winged Leadership Award

Assistant Program Manager Sandra Ordoñez with Christopher Fontana at the 2011 Winter Dinner.

Global Visionaries Executive Director Christopher Fontana has been selected as a finalist for Seattle University’s 2011 Red Winged Leadership Award.

This award is given annually to local leaders who are “committed to embracing the unique intersection where leadership, business acumen, and social impact overlap,” according to the Seattle University website.

“I am grateful to be considered—it is a reflection of the work that the GV team does together,” Fontana said.

Red Winged Leaders are selected by a team of “spotters” who search the community for local leaders in business and nonprofit organizations. Once a pool of candidates has been selected, a panel of jurors selects three finalists and will announce the first, second and third place winners at the Red Winged Leadership Award Ceremony.

This year’s Red Winged Leadership Award Ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 12, 2011 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Campion Ballroom at Seattle University.

“Seminal to the vision is Christopher’s commitment to social justice and inclusivity, which is reflected in all aspects of the Program, but especially in his own personal leadership style,” said Reagan Jackson, GV Program Manager. “Christopher often takes a collaborative approach when working with staff and youth that creates a forum for everyone’s ideas to be heard and acted upon.”

The Red Winged Leadership Award is part of SU’s Graduate Leadership Formation Certificate (GLFC), a cohort of graduate business students dedicated to recognizing individuals in the Seattle community who embody the award’s principles.

The GLFC operates out of SU’s Albers School of Business and Economics.

“Seattle University’s recognition of Chris, through his nomination for the Red Winged Leadership Award, gives evidence of the contribution the organization he has led is making in our communities, both here and abroad,” said Don Schlosser, president of the GV Board of Directors.

Last year’s first place winner was Rahwa Habte, the co-owner of the restaurant Hidmo Eritrean Cuisine in the Central District of Seattle, WA. Habte’s restaurant aims to provide a safe haven for people to foster a community united by cuisine, art, music and media culture.

2010’s other two finalists were Dylan Higgins, CEO and co-founder of Save Together; and Linda Ruthruff, Executive Director of Street Bean Espresso.

“Chris’ work with Global Visionaries gives meaning to the organization’s mission: Empowering young people to become global leaders in creating a just and sustainable future,” Schlosser said. “By opening the doors to this opportunity to youth from all socioeconomic classes, Chris has led the way to creating the leaders we need in today’s global society.”

The other two finalists for 2011 include Shana Greene, Executive Director of Village Volunteers; and Danna Johnston, Founder of the Danna K Johnston Foundation.

Anyone interested in making a donation to support this event can click here.

If you would like to attend the award ceremony and reception afterward, you can RSVP through the award’s website. The tentative schedule is as follows:

6:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Welcome

6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Award Ceremony with video for each finalist

7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., Reception with music, appetizers, wine, and networking


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