Every year we honor a select group of individuals who embody compassionate leadership. As the world faces unprecedented challenges, compassion is key to continuing progress.

Nominate a Compassionate Leader!

Do you know an inspiring and influential person who leads with love?
Nominate them for a 2023 Compassionate Leaders Circle Award. 
Nominations close Jan 31, 2023
Submit Nominations
View the 2021 Honorees
View the 2022 Honorees

2022 Awards Ceremony

Feb 3, 2022

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Meet the 2022 honorees who best represent compassionate leaders and hear from these experts who are solving difficult problems across sectors and the globe.

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What is compassionate leadership?

Compassionate leaders are people who LEAD WITH LOVE. We define compassionate leadership as:

Using your head and heart to inspire and influence others so they can inspire and influence others.

Compassionate leaders acknowledge our universal interconnectedness and use their influence to make a positive impact on people and planet.
These leaders are courageous, contemplative, collaborative, and care about the world they will leave behind.

- Laurel Donnellan, Founder, Compassionate Leaders Circle

Award Criteria

We evaluate nominees against the seven criteria below:

  • Compassionate: Use influence to prevent and alleviate the suffering of others. 
  • Confident: Believe in their visions and themselves. 
  • Collaborative: Empower all stakeholders to leverage their strengths and be leaders.
  • Contemplative: Take time to pause and deeply reflect, emerging wiser and more self-compassionate.
  • Civil: Demonstrate respect when confronted with differing points of view and other challenges.
  • Curious: Learn and listen proactively. 
  • Courageous: Advocate strongly for themselves, their values, and their stakeholders. 

Recognizing Honorees

We love shining light on compassion!

If you are interested in seeing what 2022 looked like, check out last year's honorees.

2022 Honorees

Their great work gets featured on Forbes.com and in episodes of the Compassionate Leaders Circle podcast.


We have great appreciation for digital marketing agency Angles Inc. for sponsoring these awards.

Our leadership programs

Compassion is a critical skill for current and future leaders.
The good news is compassion can be learned and cultivated.

Our unconventional programs teach the value of compassion at work and help people LEAD WITH LOVE.

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