Mockler Center to Hold Inaugural Awards Dinner to Honor Women Who Lead with Faith & Ethics


Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary’s Mockler Center for Faith & Ethics in the Public Square will host the inaugural Joanna Mockler Leadership Awards Dinner on October 27, 2022, at 7:00 p.m. at the Omni Parker House in Boston. The event celebrates the legacy of nonprofit leader and philanthropist Joanna Mockler and four extraordinary women like her who lead with faith and ethics in varied industries.

Sponsored by Tom Colatosti, chief executive officer of Oasis Systems, and featuring a recorded address by Governor Charlie Baker, all proceeds support the programs of the Mockler Center and the Gordon-Conwell Scholarship Fund.

The 2022 Joanna Mockler Leadership Award honorees are Kristin Colber-Baker, MBA; Rev. Gloria White-Hammond, M.D.; Dr. Rosalind Picard; and Rev. Tish Harrison Warren. Their careers exemplify the five distinguishing leadership characteristics of this award: inspire and empower other women, make ethical decisions, create enduring social change, focus on being and doing, and love people.

Kristin Colber-Baker, recipient of the Business, Finance, and Economics Award, is corporate board director for Fresh Del Monte. She possesses decades of global leadership experience as both a chief financial officer and talent executive, particularly in the area of Global Diversity, Equity, Inclusion for Mars and other iconic consumer brands in Fortune 100 companies. She also serves on the board of Compassion International, a $1B global Christian, non-profit child development organization.

Gloria White-Hammond, recipient of the Ministry, Community, Education, and Justice Award, is the founder and executive director of My Sisters Keeper, a women-led humanitarian and human rights initiative that partners with diverse Sudanese women in their efforts toward reconciliation and community reconstruction. She is also the co-founder and co-pastor of Bethel AME Church in Boston with her husband, and the Swartz Resident Practitioner in Ministry Studies at Harvard Divinity School. White-Hammond retired from the South End Community Health Center after twenty-seven years as a dedicated pediatrician.

Rosalind Picard, recipient of the Science, Technology, Environment and Health Award, is a professor at MIT Media Lab and a leader in MIT-wide initiatives for new health and wellbeing technologies. She is also the co-founder and chief scientist of Empatica and co-founder of Affectiva. Authoring the book Affective Computing, which started the field, Picard pioneered many innovative technologies to measure and communicate emotion using face, voice, physiology, and behaviors, especially using smartphones and wearables.

Tish Harrison Warren, recipient of the Media, Journalism, Arts, and Government Award, is a Gordon-Conwell alumna who is a priest in the Anglican Church in North America. She is author of Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life (Christianity Today’s 2018 Book of the Year) and Prayer in the Night: For Those Who Work, or Watch, or Weep (Christianity Today’s 2022 Book of the Year and 2022 ECPA Christian Book of the Year). Warren writes a weekly newsletter for The New York Times and is a columnist forChristianity Today. Her articles and essays have appeared in Religion News Service, Christianity Today, Comment Magazine, The Point Magazine, The New York Times, and other publications.

Following dinner and the award ceremony, the honorees will participate in a panel discussion led by Dr. Sara Minard, associate director of the Mockler Center. Dr. Scott Sunquist, president of Gordon-Conwell, will give the closing remarks.

“Joanna Mockler has modeled ethical and transformative high-level leadership for decades because of her faith, humility, and wisdom,” says Dr. Kenneth Barnes, director of the Mockler Center. “We look forward to bringing together women and men from all sectors for a special evening of celebration, honoring her and women like her who use their leadership positions to bring faith and ethics into the center of their work.”

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