Westlake Village, Calif. (May 20, 2021) –– Today the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and Atlas Corps announced the inaugural cohort of the Hilton Humanitarian Prize Laureate Virtual Leadership Institute. The cohort comprises 53 Hilton Prize Scholars who will participate in a seven-month virtual leadership training opportunity that will provide professional development to emerging social change leaders exclusively within the Prize Laureate community. The cohort represents 22 of the 25 Prize Laureate organizations, and a diverse group of professionals based out of 24 countries, with expertise ranging from communications, to community health, monitoring and evaluation, among others. Hilton Prize Scholars are passionate about a variety of humanitarian issues spanning the needs of refugees and internally displaced people, women’s empowerment, quality and accessible health services, and beyond.

“We are thrilled to welcome this impressive group of professionals from our Hilton Humanitarian Prize Laureate community as the inaugural cohort of the Hilton Humanitarian Prize Laureate Virtual Leadership Institute. We look forward to supporting these Hilton Prize Scholars’ professional and personal development and are excited to provide a space for them to engage with and learn from one another,” shared Maggie Miller, senior director of the Hilton Humanitarian Prize at the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.

The Institute will focus on the three themes of developing self, developing others, and leading movements, while also strengthening connections within the Prize Laureate community. This program includes keynote speakers, interactive workshops, self-led activities, discussion groups, and community-building activities. Scholars will also work on an individual leadership project that benefits the Prize Laureate organization where the Scholar works. In addition to engaging within the Prize Laureate community, Scholars will become members of the broader Atlas Corps community of more than 1,000 professionals from 105 countries.

“Today marks a milestone for the Hilton Humanitarian Prize and Atlas Corps—the announcement of the 53 Hilton Prize Scholars who will be part of the Hilton Humanitarian Prize Laureate Virtual Leadership Institute. Atlas Corps is honored to collaborate with the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to engage these inspired individuals. Today, our world needs professionals equipped with knowledge and connected to one another,” said Abby Robinson, Acting CEO of Atlas Corps.

For more details or to meet Hilton Humanitarian Prize Scholars, please visit hilton.atlascorps.org. More information about the Hilton Humanitarian Prize is available here.

About the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

International hotelier Conrad N. Hilton established the grantmaking foundation that bears his name in 1944 to help people living in poverty and experiencing disadvantage worldwide. Today, the work continues, concentrating on efforts to improve early childhood development outcomes, support older youth as they transition from foster care, ensure opportunity youth can access career pathways, prevent homelessness, identify solutions to safe-water access, help integrate refugees into society and lift the work of Catholic sisters. Additionally, following selection by an independent, international jury, the Foundation annually awards the $2.5 million Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize to an organization doing extraordinary work to reduce human suffering. The Foundation is one of the world’s largest, with assets recently growing to approximately $7.5 billion. It has awarded grants to date totaling more than $2 billion, $207 million worldwide in 2020.  Please visit hiltonfoundation.org for more information.

About Atlas Corps

Atlas Service Corps, Inc. (Atlas Corps), started in 2006, is an international network of social sector leaders and organizations that promotes innovation, cooperation, and solutions to address the world’s 21st-century challenges. Our mission is to address critical social issues, Atlas Corps develops leaders and strengthens organizations through training programs and a global alumni community of skilled social change professionals. Profiled as a “best practice” in international exchange by the Brookings Institution and featured in the Washington Post as a model social entrepreneurship program, Atlas Corps engages emerging global leaders in 6 to 18-month virtual or in-person leadership programs to learn best practices, build organizational capacity, and multiply knowledge at home to create a network of global changemakers. In 15 years, Atlas Corps has engaged more than 1,000 global leaders from 105 countries in international exchange and leadership programs at more than 300 Host Organizations in the United States, Colombia, Australia and Malaysia. More details at atlascorps.org.