At the upcoming Women of Concern Awards Luncheon in Chicago, Marie Tillman, President and Co-Founder of the Pat Tillman Foundation, will get the 2014 Women of Concern Leadership Award, and Susan Walsh, Founder and President of Little by Little, will receive the 2014 Women of Concern Humanitarian Award. This is for their outstanding humanitarian and philanthropic leadership.
Concern Worldwide is a non-governmental, international humanitarian organization that works in the areas of emergency response, education, livelihoods, health, and HIV and AIDS in 26 of the world's poorest countries across Africa, Asia, the Middle East and the Caribbean.
Friday, February 28, 2014
11 a.m.: Reception with the luncheon
12 p.m.: Awards program
Hyatt Regency Chicago
151 East Wacker Drive
Admission/ Ticket Prices:
Individual tickets at $150
2014 Chicago Women of Concern Leadership Award
President and Co-Founder, the Pat Tillman Foundation
In response to the nationwide outpouring of support following her husband Pat Tillman's death in 2004, Marie co-founded the Pat Tillman Foundation, where she served first as a member of the Board of Directors and now as President. In 2008, Marie led the effort to redefine the Foundation's mission by developing the Tillman Military Scholars Program, which aims to create the next generation of leaders by helping a select group of veterans, active service members and their spouses fulfill their academic dreams. To date, 290 Tillman Military Scholars-representing 34 states and attending 92 academic institutions nationwide-have been awarded over $4.1 million in scholarship support. A native of San Jose, CA, Marie graduated with honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She worked in Marketing and Production at the Arizona Republic and ESPN and her memoir, The Letter, was released in June 2012. Marie currently lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband Joe and their four boys.
2014 Chicago Women of Concern Humanitarian Award
Susan Walsh M.S., C.P.N.P.
Founder and President, Little by Little
Sue has been a pediatric nurse for more than 30 years, and an educator in the graduate nursing program at the University of Illinois in Chicago. In 2006, having led medical teams several times a year into Haiti, Sue and her husband Brian founded Little by Little to improve health and well-being in the Haitian village of Gramothe. On January 12, 2010, Sue and her medical team were working in Haiti when the devastating earthquake struck. Little by Little provides support to those in need and promotes self-reliance and sustainability through educational initiatives. In addition to continuing mission trips to provide basic healthcare, especially to mothers and children, Little by Little's long term goal is to advance the maternal child wellness center and support sustainability and reciprocity for the villagers of Gramothe. Sue is a graduate of the University of Illinois, and author of the 2011 book, Walking in Broken Shoes: A Nurse's Story about Haiti and the Earthquake. Sue and her family currently live in the Chicago suburbs.