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Korbel Dinner pays tribute to exceptional leaders

Christopher Hill, dean of the Josef Korbel School, interviewed Walter Isaacson as part of the Korbel Dinner on Aug. 15. Photo: Wayne Armstrong

The University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies honored the Aspen Institute’s Walter Isaacson during the 15th annual Korbel Dinner on Aug. 15 at the Sheraton Downtown Hotel. Madeleine Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State and daughter of the school’s founder, Josef Korbel, presented the award to Isaacson.

Isaacson, president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, a nonpartisan educational and policy studies institute based in Washington, D.C., received the University of Denver’s Global Leadership Award. An accomplished author who recently wrote a bestselling biography of Steve Jobs, Isaacson has held the positions of chair and CEO of CNN and editor of Time magazine.

“Each year the University of Denver’s Korbel Dinner brings the world’s most dynamic individuals to Denver and Colorado,” says Christopher Hill, dean of the Josef Korbel School. “Walter Isaacson has become a national icon as a writer, a promoter of education and a leader in fostering public and private partnerships in international development.”

Also honored at the dinner were Lee McIntire, chair and CEO of CH2M HILL, who received the University’s International Bridge Builders Award, and Trygve Myhren, president of Myhren Media and chair of the University’s Board of Trustees. Myhren received the Josef Korbel Humanitarian Award.

The annual dinner honors the Korbel School’s humanitarian and scholarly ideals by recognizing individuals whose leadership and commitment embody an exceptional guidance toward the enrichment of our global society. Proceeds from the dinner benefit student programming, outreach and scholarships.

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