Academy of Achievement
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The American Academy of Achievement, colloquially known as the Academy of Achievement, is an American non-profiteducational organization that brings together accomplished people from diverse fields with graduate students in order to network and to encourage and mentor the next generation of young leaders.[1][2] The Academy hosts an annual International Achievement Summit, which ends with an awards ceremony, during which new members are inducted into the Academy.[3][4]
Academy of Achievement
TypeNon-profit organization
HeadquartersWashington, D.C., USA
Chairman & CEO
Wayne R. Reynolds
Vice Chairman
Catherine B. Reynolds
The Academy was founded in 1961 by Sports Illustrated and LIFE magazine photographer Brian Reynolds.[5][6][7] His 1953 LIFE cover photograph of John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier sailing at Hyannis Port “helped shape the mystique of Camelot”[8] and was later selected by TIME as the 100 most influential images of all time.[9] Reynolds established the Academy to both empower and educate young people by bringing them together with leaders, the level of achievers he met on his many photographic assignments.
In 1985, Reynolds' son, Wayne Reynolds took over the leadership, becoming the executive director of the Academy[2] and, in 1999, was selected as the board chairman.[3][6] In the 1990s, Reynolds moved the organization to its new foundation headquarters building in Washington, D.C.[10]
In 2007, the Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation donated $9 million to the Academy.[10][11]
International Achievement Summit
On September 9, 1961, the Academy hosted its first International Achievement Summit.[12][2] The summit, held in Monterey, California,[13] included a "Banquet of the Golden Plate" awards ceremony, named for the "gold plate service" used for special occasions by the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, which provided the service for the ceremony. Physicist Edward Teller was the keynote speaker, in which he warned of the United States' poor performance in the atomicarms race. Awardees at the inaugural ceremony also included engineers Charles Stark Draper and Kelly Johnson, General Douglas MacArthur and film director William Wyler.[2][7] Nobel Prize laureates Willard Libby and Luis Walter Alvarez were also 1961 awardees, the first group of more than 150 other Nobel Prize recipients that have been inducted into the Academy.[14] The first honorees were chosen by a national board of governors, but subsequent honorees have been selected by the Golden Plate Awards Council, which consists of prior Academy awardees.[13][7][15]
The Golden Plate is awarded for an individual's contributions to science, the arts, public service, sports and industry.[13][7] The Academy has held a summit and awards banquet annually since 1961.[22] The roster of Golden Plate awardees who have participated in the summit include Steve Jobs,[23][24] Bill Gates, Larry Ellison,[25][26]Jeff Bezos,[27] George Lucas,[28][29] Sally Ride,[30]Rosa Parks, Coretta Scott King,[31][29] John Lewis,[32] Ronald Reagan, Barack Obama, Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford, George H. W. Bush,[33]Edmund Hillary, Tenzing Norgay, Mikhail Gorbachev, Elie Wiesel, Shimon Peres,[29]Desmond Tutu,[29][34] Oprah Winfrey,[35] Sidney Poitier, Audrey Hepburn,[36] Francis Crick, Jonas Salk, Frederick Sanger, John Bardeen, Linus Pauling, John Wayne,[16] Elizabeth Taylor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg,[37][29] Michael Jordan, Mickey Mantle, John Wooden, Denzel Washington, August Wilson, Stephen Sondheim, Toni Morrison, Bob Dylan[29] and Aretha Franklin.[29]
The 10th anniversary Banquet of the Golden Plate awards ceremony was held at the The Bellevue-Stratford Hotel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on June 26, 1971. The Academy guests of honor and participants included Norman Borlaug, Roberto Clemente, Gerald Ford, Milton Friedman, Leon Jaworski[38] Louis Kahn, Har Gobind Khorana, and James A. Michener.[39] The program’s keynote speaker at Independence Hall was broadcaster Lowell Thomas who went on to serve as Chairman of the Academy’s Golden Plate Awards Council.
The 25th anniversary Academy summit was held in Washington, D.C. in June 1986. The program included an awards ceremony at Mount Vernon in Virginia, which was narrated by Academy member Olivia de Havilland.[17][40] Among the Academy members who participated in the 1986 program were Neil Armstrong, John Glenn, Alan Shepard, Chuck Yeager,[41] Muhammad Ali,[42]Willie Mays, Bo Jackson, James Watson, Loretta Lynn,[42] Ray Charles,[29] Steven Spielberg, Leontyne Price, Herman Wouk,[29] Gloria Vanderbilt, Shirley Temple, Mary Lou Retton, Yousuf Karsh, Michael DeBakey, Denton Cooley, Isidor Isaac Rabi, Charles H. Townes, John H. Johnson, Stephen Bechtel Sr. and Robert Rauschenberg.
The 30th anniversary American Academy of Achievement summit was held at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City in June 1991. The Golden Plate awards ceremony was narrated by Academy member Oprah Winfrey.[43] The 1991 honorees and Academy participants included Ralph Lauren,[44] Calvin Klein, Oscar de la Renta, Wynton Marsalis, Norman Schwarzkopf, Colin Powell, Barbara Walters, Beverly Sills, Maya Angelou, George Lucas, Martin Scorsese, Wallace Stegner, Ken Burns, Dizzy Gillespie, and Sylvia Earle. The keynote speaker of the summit symposium held at the United Nations was Audrey Hepburn,[45] who spoke about her life as an actress and a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. The Academy program was hosted by Awards Council members Henry R. Kravis and Steven J. Ross.[46]
The 40th annual International Achievement Summit was held in Dublin, Ireland, hosted by the Prime Minister of Ireland. The keynote speakers at the opening dinner and symposium were Quincy Jones and Bono. Among the 2002 Academy honorees were Henry Kissinger, John Hume, David Trimble, Edna O’Brien, Chuck Berry, Enya, Paul Nurse, and George J. Mitchell.[47][48][49]
In October 2012, the Academy celebrated its 50th anniversary Summit[50] in Washington, D.C. The Summit’s introductory dinner was hosted by Academy members Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Anthony Kennedy at the U.S. Supreme Court and Sonia Sotomayor was presented with the Golden Plate Award. General Colin Powell[51] was the keynote speaker.[52]
The 2014 International Achievement Summit[53] was held in San Francisco, California, and opened with a dinner at City Hall hosted by Mayor Willie Brown. Golden Plate awardees included Frances Arnold, Carol Burnett, Jeff Koons, Robert Lefkowitz, Admiral William H. McRaven, Governor Jerry Brown, Diana Ross, and Wayne Shorter. The dinner’s keynote speaker was Sergey Brin who talked about his journey as an entrepreneur since participating in the 2000 summit as an Academy delegate.[54] The 2014 program included a symposium series in Napa Valley where the concluding presenter was Academy member and geneticist Francis Collins.
The 2017 International Achievement Summit[55] was held at Claridge's in Mayfair, London. The awards ceremony was narrated by Academy member Jeremy Irons.[56] The 2017 Golden Plate awardees included Simone Biles, Michael Caine, Jennifer Doudna, Peter Gabriel, Neil Gorsuch, John Banville, A. S. Byatt, Demis Hassabis, Kazuo Ishiguro, Venki Ramakrishnan, Norman Foster, Sting, and Valentino.[57] Bill Clinton was the keynote speaker. The summit included a luncheon at Waddesdon Manor, the ancestral country house of the Rothschild family, hosted by Academy member Lord Jacob Rothschild. The Academy program concluded with a dinner at Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, hosted by the 12th Duke of Marlborough and Academy member Roger Bannister,[29] the first athlete to finish the mile run in under four minutes.
The 2019 International Achievement Summit[58] was held in New York City, and the Golden Plate Awardees included Andrew Lloyd Webber, Nadia Murad, Leymah Gbowee, Daniel Kahneman, Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey, Van Morrison, Orhan Pamuk, Lynn Nottage, James P. Allison, Lucian Grainge, Smokey Robinson, and Ian McEwan. The summit ended with a dinner and tour of the "Play It Loud" exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, hosted by Academy member Jimmy Page, guitarist and founder of the rock band Led Zeppelin.[21][59]
The annual summit is attended by graduate students and young innovators, like Sergey Brin and Larry Page, who paused their PhD studies to found Google, from the U.S. and overseas.[60] The summits were originally attended by high school students chosen based on their academic achievement and extracurricular activities.[61][3][62] Other Academy delegate alumni include Taylor Swift, Bryan Stevenson, Pete Buttigieg, Eric Lander, Herschel Walker,[19] Princess Reema bint Bandar Al Saud, Karl Deisseroth, and Feng Zhang.
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