Albert Schweitzer Leadership Awards Reception – New York, October 23rd, 2019

HOBY is celebrating outstanding leadership with our Albert Schweitzer Leadership Awards reception in New York on October 23rd at 6pm in NYC. Each year the Albert Schweitzer Leadership Awards recognizes leaders in diverse areas of human endeavor and supports fundraising efforts that sustain HOBY programs, which provide young people with leadership development opportunities throughout the world.

This year, the Awards Reception will be held at the beautiful indoor/outdoor PHD Rooftop Lounge atop The Dream Downtown.

You will be swept off your feet at the Taste of TAO, namely Bodega Negra & Lavo, with an exclusive tasting menu for you to explore; whose renowned chefs will be whipping up delicacies that are curated to elevate your sips as you sway to the sounds of live music. You won’t want to miss a chance at auction items like Billy Joel tickets, US Open experiences, and more to cap off an incredible, quintessentially New York City evening.

This evening we’re pleased to present Jeff Kohn, the managing partner of O’Melveny’s NewYork office and New York Regional Head of Litigation with HOBY’s highest honor, the Albert Schweitzer Leadership Award. Jeff Kohn has been an invaluable member of HOBY’s Board of Trustees for five years. He represents clients in a broad range of employment and labor law disputes. Jeff’s clients span a variety of industries, including sports, entertainment and media, financial services, airlines, pharmaceuticals, professional services, and transportation, among others. As with everything Jeff does, he brings his many talents, including integrity, intelligence and compassion to HOBY and has truly made a difference in so many ways. He actualizes his commitment to young people and HOBY’s mission through his actions.

Jeff was named a Labor & Employment Star by Benchmark Litigation and recognized by The Legal 500 for Labor & Employment in 2019 as well as “Distinguished Leader” by the New York Law Journal. He’s previously been recognized by Hope’s Door for outstanding pro bono contributions to the organization. In addition to his role with OMM and HOBY, Jeff is an adjunct professor for George Washington University Law School and serves on various boards including the Westchester Jewish Council and EduMaKate.

HOBY is also proud to be joined by Justin Lafazan and Dylan Gambardella, the Co-Founders and Co-CEOs of Next Gen HQ. Honored with HOBY’s International Inspiration Award, Justin and Dylan designed Next Gen, a business hub with the mission of empowering young entrepreneurs to overcome obstacles and chase their dreams. As featured in Forbes and Inc. Magazine, Next Gen currently supports over 20,000 entrepreneurs across 90 countries, counting Walmart, Capital One, and Target as customers.

Lastly, earning HOBY Alumni Achievement Award is Victor Boadum. Victor attended HOBY District of Columbia’s state leadership seminar as well as the World Leadership Congress in 2007. Currently, he serves as the Director of the Executive Office and Special Assistant to the CEO at the Harlem Children’s Zone. The Harlem Children’s Zone helps thousands of children and families and disrupts the cycle of generational poverty in Central Harlem through innovative and effective programs. Victor is currently pursuing his MBA at Columbia Business School and hopes to use his degree to continue working in the social enterprise sector and work towards strengthening disadvantaged communities.

We hope you’ll join us for a night on the spectacular rooftop of the Dream Hotel, the PhD Penthouse. Proceeds will go toward life-changing youth leadership experiences for young people in New York and across the country. Click here to purchase tickets or make a donation.

HOBY’s mission is to inspire and develop our global community of volunteers and alumni to a lifetime dedicated to leadership, service and innovation. We accomplish this through several youth leadership programs and this year, over 12,000 youth will participate in HOBY, adding to the 550,000 lives HOBY has touched over 60 years. Our programs are planned and run by local volunteers and use a HOBY developed curriculum based upon the Social Change Model of Leadership.


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