59th Street Bridge in New York City viewed through a branches with flowers in spring

The David Rockefeller
Bridging Leadership Award

Tuesday, May 9, 2023 in New York City

On May 9, 140 people from around the world came together to celebrate leadership that gets to root causes, strengthens local capacity, and builds trust for collective action.

We shared our own ideas and stories about creating positive change on issues of climate, inclusion, and sustainability.

And we recognized three remarkable people with the 2023 David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award:

“We’ve embarked on a journey of re-connection. Because when we think about climate change, one of causes and symptoms is that, as human beings, we become so disconnected from the living world around us.”
—Kluane Adamek, Yukon Regional Chief, Assembly of First Nations
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“Business can be a significant force for good. And not just because it’s the right thing to do. It’s the right thing also for the business itself. So being inclusive, I think is a critical component to success.”
—Jochen Zeitz, Chairman, President, and CEO, Harley-Davidson, Inc.
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“Climate justice links human rights, gender, development, and climate...I've felt from the beginning we need to tell the stories of those most affected by climate change. And those stories end up being stories of women.”
—Dr. Mary Robinson, Former President of Ireland

Message from Kluane Adamek

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Jochen Zeitz & Peggy Dulany

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Peggy Dulany opening remarks

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Pat Mitchell accepts Award on behalf of Mary Robinson

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Award presentation to Jochen Zeitz

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Meet Synergos

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Trust Builders
Peggy Dulany


Carlos & Gabriela Rodríguez-Pastor

Bloomberg Philanthropies
Marcos de Moraes
William H. Donner Foundation


David & Susan Rockefeller

Endless Network
Mayra Hernández González/Instituto Xilonen
Yuki & Hide Inoue
Darla Moore Foundation


Maeve Rockefeller
Adele Simmons
Sarah Timpson

Petr Chitipakhovyan
Serge Dumont


Mimi and Peter Haas Fund
Noaman Sanni

Tesfay Alemseged, James M. Brasher III, Bob Dunn, Elliott Wallace, Fit For Life Foundation, Marianne Gimon d’Ansembourg, John Heller,  Nili Gilbert, Yanan Li, Esra Özsüer, Valerie Rockefeller, Stephanie Tumba, Shari Turitz, Nick von Christierson, and LaShery Walker

Peggy Dulany, Serge Dumont, Zainab Salbi, and Monica Winsor

Peggy Dulany, Serge Dumont, Mo Ibrahim, Paul Polman, Valerie Rockefeller, Carlos Rodríguez-Pastor, and Zainab Salbi

Pat Mitchell, Valerie Rockefeller, Zainab Salbi, and Sally Timpson