Award gives special recognition for generous support of The Initiative’s mission and core values
WASHINGTON, DC - May 17, 2018 - Ellen B. Kagen was presented with The Initiative’s third annual Appreciation Award at this year’s Annual Afghan Dinner and Awards at the Embassy of Afghanistan hosted by Ambassador Hamdullah and Lael Mohib and sponsored by Ms. Shahin Mafi and Dr. Christine Warnke. The annual Appreciation Award is given each year to recognize extraordinary support of The Initiative’s mission and core values. Former recipients include Dr. Phyllis Magrab of Georgetown University and Ms. Shahin Mafi of the Azar Foundation for Children.
Ellen B. Kagen is a Senior Policy Associate of the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development (CCHD) where she directs the Georgetown Leadership Program. For the past five years Ellen has generously volunteered her time as well as her professional and personal experience as trusted advisor, architect and faculty member of The Initiative’s annual, week-long leadership training program in Washington, DC, Leadership Academy, designed to empower students to achieve their central role in the success of The Initiative’s mission.
“Tonight we honor Ellen Kagen, Ellen the Great, “Ellen the Generous,” who for the past five years has volunteered her time, beautiful mind and generous heart to developing and teaching a leadership curriculum tailored to the past experience, current needs and future hopes of our students," said Executive Director Christian Wistehuff during his introduction.
Ellen is the editor of a leadership training curriculum that focuses on leadership within complex organizational change and community transformation. Ellen has 25 years of experience working at the national, state and local levels on leadership development and managing collaborative change processes. At the heart of Ellen’s work is a focus on innovation and the creation of breakthrough strategies that sustain the evolution of constructive change. Ellen has been recognized for the creation of an innovative coaching and consultation model called Transformation Facilitation, which strengthens leadership effectiveness in reaching goals.
A civic activist, Ellen is the inaugural recipient of the International BBYO One Voice Award for her leadership in enhancing youth engagement and activism in communities worldwide. She holds an MSW in Social Strategy from the University of Maryland and a Certificate in Leadership from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. She is a Fellow of the Wexner Foundation Leadership Program. Ellen is a contributing author in The Leadership Equation, Leadership Function and Styles and The Work of Leadership in Systems Change edited by Phyllis Magrab and Gary Blau and published by Brooks Publishing. In 2014, Ellen conceived and delivered the US Afghan Women’s Council Rising Afghan Women Leadership Initiative at the Georgetown University Doha, Qatar conference.
Thank you, Ellen, for all you do!
Tonight we honor Ellen Kagen, Ellen the Great “Ellen the Generous,” who for the past five years has volunteered her time, beautiful mind and generous heart to developing and teaching a leadership curriculum tailored to the past experience, current needs and future hopes of our students.
- Christian Wistehuff