Global Impact Award



The Global Impact Award recognizes an individual or organization whose actions have had positive impact in helping to create greater understanding and cooperation among people or countries around the world. Each year the council will select a Brooks Emeny Distinguished Speaker who will deliver keynote address and receive the Global Impact Award. The speech highlights a night of fine dining and policy dialogue. Now in its fourth year, this is the Council’s signature event.

For more information about this year’s event, sponsorship opportunities and to buy tickets, contact Jenni Carney at (216) 255-9005 or

The 2017 Global Impact Award honors 66th U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice for her distinguished career in international affairs. Dr. Condoleezza Rice will receive CCWA’s Global Impact Award and will deliver the Brooks Emeny Distinguished Lecture before taking part in a moderated conversation with Ronald B. Richard, CEO of the Cleveland Foundation, about her newest book, Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom, and a Q & A session with attendees.

CCWA’s signature event will be held on May 15, 2017, at the Bank of America Auditorium at the InterContinental Hotel Cleveland.

5:15 pm Private VIP Reception with Dr. Rice for Sponsors at the $5,000 and above level (cocktails and hors d’oeuvres)
5:30 pm Reception for all attendees (cocktails and hors d’oeuvres)
6:30 pm Award Presentation, moderated conversation with Dr. Rice, and audience Q&A

Our Global Impact Award recognizes individuals whose actions have had a positive impact and created greater understanding and cooperation among people and countries around the world. Proceeds from this event will support the Cleveland Council on World Affairs’ educational programs, specifically our Model United Nations program for middle and high school students, and Speaker Forum programs.




Global Impact Award Event Over the Years:

2016 Brooks Emeny Distinguished Speaker: James A. Baker, III


James A. Baker, III served as the Secretary of State from January 1989 through August 1992 during President George H. W. Bush’s administration, a period when the U.S. confronted the unprecedented challenges and opportunities of the post–Cold War era. Mr. Baker served as Secretary of the Treasury from 1985 to 1988 under President Ronald Reagan. He served twice as White House Chief of Staff — from 1981 to 1985 under President Reagan and from 1992-1993 under President Bush.


2015 Brooks Emeny Distinguished Speaker: Senator Richard Lugar


Richard Lugar served in the Senate for 36 years where much of his foreign policy work was directed toward the dismantling of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons around the world, including deactivating more than 7,600 nuclear weapons. Senator Lugar was the Chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee from 1985-1987 and from 2003-2007 and he was also the ranking member from 2007 until his retirement in 2013. Senator Lugar is now the president of The Lugar Center, a non-profit organization focusing on global food security, WMD nonproliferation, aid effectiveness, and bipartisan governance.



2014 Brooks Emeny Distinguished Speaker: Strobe Talbott


Strobe Talbott’s career spans the highest levels of journalism, government service, and academia. President of the Brookings Institution since 2002, Talbott is an authority on global governance, nuclear arms control, and U.S. foreign policy, with particular expertise in Russia, Europe, and South Asia. For 21 years before joining the State Department, Talbott worked at an array of posts at TIME magazine, where he was twice awarded the Edward Weintal Prize for distinguished diplomatic reporting. Formerly the director of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization, Talbott is currently chair of the State Department’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board. He is the author of twelve books, including most recently, Fast Forward: Ethics and Politics In The Age Of Global Warming, co-authored with William Antholis. Strobe Talbott was educated at Yale (B.A. ‘68, M.A.Hon., ‘76) and Oxford (M.Litt., ‘71)


2013 Brooks Emeny Distinguished Speaker: Richard Celeste


Dick Celeste has had an unusual career trajectory. Following his education at Yale and Oxford, he worked at the Peace Corps headquarters, served as Personal Assistant to the US Ambassador to India, and worked in real estate development. In 1970 he was elected a state legislator in his native state, Ohio,then Lt. Governor. In 1979 President Carter named Celeste Director of the Peace Corps. Celeste was elected to two terms as Governor of Ohio in 1982 and 1986.After heading a small economic development consultancy from 1991 until 1997, Celeste returned to India as U.S. Ambassador (1997-2001). In 2002 he was named the 12th President of Colorado College, where he served for nine years. He has been and is a member or chair of a number of corporate and not for profit boards.


About Brooks Emeny

Brooks Emeny was a prominent international relations scholar specializing in American foreign policy during the Second World War. In 1935, after a decade of diplomatic training and education in international affairs, he left a position at Yale University to become the director of the Cleveland branch of the Foreign Affairs Council. During his 12 years as director and later president, he transformed the organization from a circle of 300 members to a nearly 5,000-member interest group. In 1947, he brought international attention to Cleveland, for a three-day World Affairs Institute titled “A Report to the World.” He left Cleveland in 1947 to become president of the Foreign Policy Association in New York.

CCWA will always be indebted to Brooks Emeny — for his vision and passion to make us realize that “foreign affairs are your affairs” and for his generosity in establishing the Brooks Emeny Trust through which the Council, as beneficiary, receives one dollar for every three dollars of revenue.

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