Joanna Mockler Leadership Awards Dinner - Mockler Center for Faith and Ethics in the Public Square
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Joanna Mockler Leadership Awards Dinner

An Evening to Honor Women Who Lead with Faith and Ethics in the Public Square

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary’s Mockler Center for Faith & Ethics in the Public Square held its inaugural Joanna Mockler Leadership Awards Dinner on October 27, 2002 at the Omni Parker House in Boston.

This special evening was held to celebrate the legacy of Joanna Mockler—the leader and philanthropist who founded the Mockler Center—and four extraordinary women who, like Joanna, have been successful in finding “unique opportunities to love and care for others” using the power of business, science and technology, media, arts and government, and work in ministry, community, justice, and education to transform the lives of the poor and marginalized, and bring faith and ethics to the public square.

We are profoundly grateful to all our sponsors: Title Sponsor – Tom and Nancy Colatosti; Presenting Sponsors – Rev. Dr. Diana Curren Bennett, Herb and BJ Hess, The Loring Family, and Eventide Asset Management; Table Sponsors – Bethel AME Church, Red-Thread, Grace Chapel, and the Stubblebine Family. All proceeds from the dinner will be used to support the Mockler Center and annual scholarships for Gordon-Conwell students.

About the Awards

Joanna Mockler’s strong faith, humility, and wisdom have inspired women around the world for generations. The awardees are, in Joanna’s words, leaders that “seek to know God intimately, to love and serve God faithfully, and who in their work is daily directed and enabled by God to be a generous steward of the spiritual gifts and physical resources God has entrusted to them”.

Award Categories

The Joanna Mockler Leadership Awards recognizes women who lead with faith and ethics in four cross-cutting thematic areas:

  1. Business, Finance, and Economics
    • Examples are business leaders, investors, advisors, researchers who have redefined capitalism, business, and investment practices by placing social and environmental values on equal terms with financial value, and who work on business and economic policy solutions that consider long-term public benefit, especially how to use markets to address the climate crisis.
  2. Science, Technology, Environment, and Health
    • Examples are scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, activists who design, or make accessible, technologies that can solve problems in global human health and the environment, and who use faith and ethics to guide technological progress.
  3. Ministry, Community, Education, and Justice
    • Examples are ministers, church administrators, educators, theologians, lawyers, or community leaders in any area who use their faith, knowledge, and platform to advocate and provide for the needs and voices of the poorest and marginalized in society.
  4. Media, Journalism, Arts, and Government
    • Examples are women in public office at any level, journalists in national and international media outlets, writers, and artists who use their platform to challenge the dominant narrative, restore ethics and civility in public discourse, and use their platforms to heal society while speaking truth.

The Mockler Center
exists to explore and promote biblical ethics, values, and insights for today’s workplaces and to bring helpful insights and experiences from workplace laity to the church and its leadership.

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary exists to advance Christ’s Kingdom in every sphere of life by equipping Church leaders to think theologically, engage globally, and live biblically.

Awards Criteria

The award recognizes women who lead with faith and ethics in the public square, as demonstrated by:

Inspires and empowers other women

Makes ethical decisions

Creates enduring social change

Focuses on both being and doing, contemplation and action

Loves people

2022 Award Winners

Gloria White-Hammond


Kristin Colber-Baker


Tish Harrison Warren


Rosalind Picard


Follow-Up Webinar with Author Kadi Cole

Event attendees received a copy of Kadi Cole’s book titled Developing Female Leaders. The Mockler Center is please to have hosted “Lifting the Lid on Developing Female Leaders in Ministry: A Fireside Chat with Author Kadi Cole” in December 2022. Visit the event page to learn more and watch the recording.

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