2018 Halcyon Awards

Halcyon Awards | June 1, 2018 | 6PM  
Washington National Cathedral

On June 1, 2018, we gathered at the Washington National Cathedral to recognize and celebrate the 2018 Halcyon Awardees. 

The Halcyon Awards recognize and honor talented arts icons, successful social entrepreneurs and public policy visionaries—changemakers and trailblazers who’ve dedicated their lives to pushing past traditional boundaries to create a movement, lead an organization, or impact the world.

The three Halcyon Awards celebrate individuals who reflect the range of groundbreaking work Halcyon supports:

  • Arts Icon Award spotlighting an icon of artistic and social impact 
  • Business Luminary Award honoring a global pioneer in social enterprise
  • Policy Visionary Award celebrating innovators in public policy


Awardee Biographies

Lee Daniels

Academy Award Nominated Filmmaker
Arts Icon Awardee

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

Mayor of New Orleans
Policy Visionary Awardee


Accepted by Tom Kartsotis
Business Luminary Awardee

2018 Halcyon Awards Committee

Charo Abrams

Brittany Bansak

Joe Brodecki

Teresa Carlson

Brandon Clay

Lizette Corro

Debbie Driesman and Frank Islam

Elisebeth Driscoll

Reid Dunavant

Samira Farmer

Nancy M. Folger

Michelle Freeman

Simone Friedman

Alice Gregg Haase

Mary and Robert Haft

Barbara Brown Hawthorn

Tanya and Steve Hilton

Robert G. Hisaoka

Kenneth P. Hyle, Jr.

Kay Kendall and Jack Davies

Patrice King Brickman

Kathryn and Matt Indre

Cindi and Michael Lackey

Ted and Lynn Leonsis

Mark Lowham

Jodi Macklin

Lyn and Mark McFadden

Jodie McLean

Carol A. Melton

David and Priya Menachery

Kymber and Bo Menkiti

Carlos Merizalde

Eric Michael

Rashad Moore

Kiyoshi Nakasaka

Hilda Ochoa-Brillembourg and Arturo Brillembourg

Jim Rill

Rynthia Rost

Jessica Stafford Davis

Courtney and David Straus

Catherine and Tom Tinsley

Annie S. Totah

2018 Halcyon Awards Diplomatic Committee

His Excellency Dr. Barfuor Adjei-Barwuah, The Ambassador of Ghana, and Mrs. Dinah Barfuor-Barwuah

His Excellency Yousef Al Otaiba, The Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates, and Mrs. Abeer Al Otaiba

His Excellency Gérard Araud, The Ambassador of France, and Mr. Pascal Blondeau

His Excellency Sir Kim Darroch, KCMG, The Ambassador of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and Lady Vanessa Darroch

His Excellency Tim Groser, The Ambassador of New Zealand

His Excellency, Gerónimo Gutiérrez, The Ambassador of Mexico, and Ms. Irasema Infante

His Excellency Kurt Jaeger, The Ambassador of the Principality of Liechtenstein and Mrs. Laurette Jaeger

His Excellency Lars Gert Lose, The Ambassador of Denmark, and Mrs. Ulla Kølvraa Rønberg

His Excellency Ashok Kumar Mirpuri, The Ambassador of the Republic of Singapore, and Mrs. Gouri Mirpuri

His Excellency Camilo Reyes, The Ambassador of Colombia, and Mrs. Gloria Ritter de Reyes

His Excellency Armando Varricchio, The Ambassador of Italy, and Mrs. Micaela Varricchio



List of committee members updated as April 9.


2018 Halcyon Awards Preferred Hotel:

The 2018 Halcyon Awards Reception is presented by:

Spirits generously presented by Brown-Forman: