Christopher Fontana Wins the 2011 Red Winged Leadership Award

Christopher Fontana Wins 2011 Red Winged Leadership Award

We are honored to announce that our very own, Christopher Fontana, was selected as the winner of the 2011 Red Winged Leadership Award at last night’s ceremony.

The award, given by the Seattle University Albers School of Business and Economics, is intended “to honor leaders committed to embracing the unique intersection where leadership, business acumen, and social impact overlap.”  Chris’ work through Global Visionaries embodies these principles perfectly.

S.U. cohort member, Rachelle Willie, spoke highly of Chris’ work, stating that through the creation of Global Visionaries, he has “created a holistic, integrated community; A program where youth can come together from all walks of life and work together for a better tomorrow.”


Global Visionaries has come a long way from the laundry room in Chicago where Chris and two co-founders first began the organization. The three men dreamed big, and held true to those dreams despite the many hardships they faced along the way.

As a result of Chris’ hard work, determination, and passion for social justice, he has been able to expand GV and impact the lives of people on a global scale.

In a riveting speech, Chris challenged audience members to embrace social and environmental justice through acts of love and compassion.  He emphasized the need for young, global leaders who will hold true to the idea that “we can and must act collectively to create a just and sustainable future for all.”

At GV, by design, we create a community that is richly diverse.  The youth that participate in our programs come from a wide variety of socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds, providing a sense of balance and solidarity. “It just makes sense that we need all of us to come to the table, all of us, if we are going to create solutions that work for ALL of us,” Chris said.

“By doing this, we create a GV community and by extension a world that is inclusive; GV participants learn that what they think, say, do, purchase, and what they give their life’s energy to…matters, ” Chris stated. “It matters not only to them, but it matters to the other billions of human and nonhuman inhabitants of this tiny planet.”

We are all so incredibly proud of Chris’ accomplishments and are grateful to be working for an organization that creates positive change on an international scale.

We’d like to extend a special thanks to each and every one of you that came out to support Chris and Global Visionaries at this memorable event.

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