Biannual Hunger Luncheon
Nourish International is excited to host this year’s Biannual Hunger Luncheon on February 27th, 2015 at the Rizzo Conference Center in Chapel Hill. The event will celebrate not only the accomplishments of Nourish as a movement, but also the honorable work of exceptional leaders within our space. This year, we will present our Nourish International Impact Awards to key individuals in the fields of international development, higher education, and social entrepreneurship. We are happy to announce the following recipients of the 2015 Nourish Impact Awards:
Award for Advancement in Entrepreneurship: Jud Bowman, Founder and CEO, Appia, Inc.
Jud Bowman is the Founder and CEO of Appia, Inc., the leading mobile acquisition network that has delivered more than 90 million app installs for hundreds of advertisers, including 60 of the top 100 grossing apps on the App Store and Google Play. In 1999, Bowman deferred from Stanford University to co-found Pinpoint Networks, one of the leading providers of software and services for managing and delivering mobile contents. In 2004, Pinpoint Networks merged with mobile tech company Power By Hand to create Motricity, a company that provides integrated mobile content solutions for handheld and mobile devices. Since its founding, Bowman has served as Director, President, Chief Technology Officer, and Chief Operating Officer of Motricity, helping it to become a leading company in the mobile content market. In 2008, Bowman started Appia (formerly known as Pocketgear) and helped grow the company to $100 million in venture capital and over 500 employees. Bowman currently serves on the Boards of Nourish International, Research Triangle Park, the Council for Entrepreneurial Development, and the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. He has won numerous awards in the fields of technology and entrepreneurship, including his nomination as “Tech’s Best Young Entrepreneur” by Business-week and one of the world’s “Top 100 Young Innovators” by MIT’s Technology Review. Bowman has spoken at numerous industry events and investment banking conferences around the world and is also a frequent guest speaker at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School and Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
Award for Advancement in International Development: Pape Gaye, President and CEO, IntraHealth International
Pape Gaye, President and CEO of IntraHealth, has devoted three decades of his life to improving the quality of healthcare and serving those in communities of need around the globe. Gaye, a Senegal native, began his career in international development as a trainer for the Peace Corps in Senegal and Benin. He then moved to the United States to complete his undergraduate degree at the University of California Santa Barbara and earned his MBA from the University of California-Los Angeles, where he developed an interest in cross-cultural approaches and management principles. After graduation, Gaye worked for the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Committee and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. While serving as a consultant for the CDC, IntraHealth contacted Gaye asking that he start a regional office in West and Central Africa. This began Gaye’s career with IntraHealth, a Chapel Hill-based nonprofit that enables health workers to better serve communities in need around the world. As the director of the West, Central, and North African regional office, Gaye focused on improving the performance of healthcare systems to more effectively serve clients and communities with quality care. IntraHealth named Gaye the president and CEO of the organization, which has grown significantly to 20 regional offices and 500 employees around the globe since its founding. Today, Gaye speaks nationally and internationally on the global health worker crisis and human capacity building.
Award for Advancement in Higher Education: Judith Cone, Vice Chancellor for Commercialization and Economic Development
As the Special Assistant to the Chancellor of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Judith Cone has helped to cultivate an entrepreneurial environment at UNC-Chapel Hill. Before her time at the university, Cone spent 15 years at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where she served as the vice president of emerging strategies and entrepreneurship. Cone led several of the foundation’s key initiatives including a business start-up training program, used by millions of entrepreneurs around the globe, the Kauffman Campuses Initiative, which helps to make education in entrepreneurship accessible across college campuses, and an award-winning online resource for entrepreneurs. Cone also serves as the interim director of the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise as well as the University’s first ever vice chancellor of commercialization and economic development. In 2013, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce awarded Cone the Town & Gown Award, which recognizes individuals who foster a mutually beneficial relationship between UNC and the surrounding community. Prior to her time at the Kauffman Foundation, Cone co-founded two management consulting firms serving Fortune 500 clients. Her first career was as a learning disabilities teacher working with children in low-income areas. Cone writes and lectures nationally and internationally on the topics of innovation and entrepreneurship.
Guests, which will include board members and staff, donors, partners, students, and other leaders in our community, are invited to enjoy Nourish’s signature Hunger Lunch—a meal of rice, beans, and cornbread that serves as a typical meal in many developing countries.
Executive Director Kelly Phoenix and Board Co-Chair Dee Blake will also give remarks on the recent successes of Nourish and will discuss the future of the organization. We invite those interested in our work to join us for this great opportunity to meet inspiring individuals in our network.
We hope you will celebrate with us!
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