Nominations Open for 2021 Con Hogan Community Leadership Award

Winner to Receive $15,000 Cash Priz

Nominations are now being accepted for the $15,000 Con Hogan Award for Creative, Entrepreneurial, Community Leadership.

Launched in 2015, the annual award is a tribute to Con Hogan’s life’s work and commitment to public service. The goal of the award is to encourage and reward leaders who share Con’s vision of a better Vermont—one that places the highest value on the public good—who seize the responsibility for making that vision real, and who mentor emerging leaders. The cash award may be spent however the selected individual chooses.

Vermont, the nation, and the world have been facing an unprecedented public health emergency for more than a year. This crisis has required Con’s brand of results-focused leadership that relies on facts and rigorous analysis to guide decisions. This kind of leadership does not arise suddenly out of nowhere, but is the result of ongoing practice, development, and enduring commitment to the public good. Acknowledging the importance of this type of leadership and breaking with past practice, the 2020 award was given to the entire Vermont Department of Health staff for their untiring efforts to keep people safe during the pandemic.

This year’s winner will be an individual selected by the Award Committee, which represents a broad range of interests and experience, including health care and human services, the arts, government service, early care and education, and food systems. The individual will have demonstrated the following characteristics: focus on results, using data and measurement to mobilize action, working with people across diverse perspectives, taking risks in pursuit of the vision, and persisting through setbacks.

The awardee must be a Vermont resident who has not yet received the award.

Previous individuals who have received the award are Jan Demers (2019), James Baker (2018), Holly Morehouse (2017), Michael Monte (2016), and Ellen Kahler (2015).

Nominations will be accepted through the Vermont Community Foundation’s website until 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 24, 2021. The award will be presented at a public event, either virtual or in Montpelier, at 4:30 p.m. on October 6. For more information or to submit a nomination, visit


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