April 29, 2015
The 2015 Goldman Prize ceremony took place on Monday, April 20 at the historic War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco, followed by a reception at City Hall.
At the standing-room only ceremony, an audience of nearly 4,000 celebrated the accomplishments of the 2015 Goldman Prize winners: Phyllis Omido, Myint Zaw, Howard Wood, Jean Wiener, Marilyn Baptiste and Berta Cáceres. To learn more about each of the winners, click here.
Award-winning broadcast journalist Dana King was the Master of Ceremonies for the evening’s events, which included rousing speeches, inspiring videos and an exhilarating musical and dance performance from the Alayo Dance Group.
The Alayo Dance Company was founded in 2001 by Choreographer, Dancer and Artistic Director Ramón Ramos Alayo. Inspired by Afro-Cuban Modern, Folkloric and Popular Cuban dance, the group is known for tackling difficult issues such as slavery, racism, and cancer. Ramon and Alayo Dance Company were joined by Musical Director Patricio Angulo, a Bay Area resident musician, and San Francisco’s most recognized Cuban sonero and Grammy Nominee, Fito Reinoso.
Check out all of the speeches and performances on the Goldman Prize YouTube channel.
While in San Francisco, the Goldman Prize winners also had the opportunity to present their stories to Bay Area youth groups at the Crissy Field Center. The event is co-hosted by the Goldman Prize, Inspirng Young Emerging Leaders (I-YEL), and Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and continues to be a highlight for Goldamn Prize winners year after year.
After wrapping the San Francisco portion of the 11-day Prize tour, Prize winners and staff took off for Washington, DC, for four more days of media interviews and high-level strategic meetings at the White House, the EPA, State Department and more.
Prize winners met with several prominent political leaders including Brian Deese, Senior Advisor to the President on Climate, Energy, and Environment and Christy Goldfuss, Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality.
The Prize recipients also joined several members of Congress, including Representative Nancy Pelosi, for a luncheon on Capitol Hill.The 2015 Goldman Prize ceremony in Washington, DC took place on Wednesday, April 22 (Earth Day) at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center. Leading global conservation scientist Dr. M. Sanjayan joined us for the first time as Master of Ceremonies.Congratulations once again to the 2015 Goldman Prize winners, and welcome to the Goldman Prize family!