2014 Annual Awards Dinner
September 23, 2014
New York, NY
2014 Annual Awards Dinner The Appeal of Conscience Foundation honored Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto with the World Statesman Award for his leadership of Mexico in making hard choices that seek to propel his nation and his people forward. The award was presented by Dr. Henry Kissinger, the 1999 World Statesman awardee, at the foundation’s annual dinner held at the Waldorf Astoria, on September 23rd.

The Appeal of Conscience Foundation also honored Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company, and Mary T. Barra, Chief Executive Officer of General Motors, with the Appeal of Conscience Award.

Muhtar Kent, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Coca-Cola Company and Co-Chair of the Dinner presented the award to Mr. Iger. Jerry Speyer, Chairman & Co-CEO, Tishman Speyer and the Chair of the Dinner presented the award to Ms. Barra.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the leader of the Archdiocese of New York offered a prayer and Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Secretary of State of the Holy See extended greetings.

"President Peňa Nieto was recognized for his vigorous leadership, new vision and as a stakeholder in global responsibility committed to economic and social development, peace, international and inter-cultural cooperation anchored in human rights, freedom, and tolerance,” said Rabbi Arthur Schneier, President of the Appeal of Conscience Foundation. The World Statesman Award honors leaders who support peace, prosperity and freedom by promoting tolerance, human dignity and human rights by championing these causes in their homeland and working with other world leaders to build a better future for all.

Rabbi Arthur Schneier also appealed to world leaders gathering at the United Nations General Assembly to standup to those who are endangering the peaceful coexistence of mankind. “The hijacking of -religion by barbarians is the greatest crime against religion and humanity. We who enjoy religious freedom cannot be silent. In an interdependent world, hatred can spread and engulf us all. Innocent men, women and children have been savagely attacked and killed by those who corrupt and defile the name of God. They have made the persecution of religious minorities the order of their day.”

The Appeal of Conscience Award: “The Appeal of Conscience Foundation honored Robert Iger for his leadership, integrity, and ongoing philanthropy,” said Rabbi Arthur Schneier. “Under his direction, The Walt Disney Company has become one of the world’s most admired companies, respected for its achievements as well as its social responsibility and commitment to use its resources and vast reach to create a positive impact in the global community.”

Rabbi Arthur Schneier said, “The Appeal of Conscience Foundation honored Mary T. Barra, a woman of integrity, an advocate of change and a corporate leader with a sense of social responsibility, who by deed and action has advanced human dignity and social justice, by encouraging a standard in which corporate America and global corporations accept responsibility.”

Similarly, the Foundation’s efforts to promote human rights and individual respect are timeless ideals for all of us to follow.”- Barra said.

Michael Strahan, the co-host of LIVE with Kelly and Michael, and Special co-host of Good Morning America served as Master of Ceremonies.
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