Productive Lives Awards

Productive Lives Awards

Productive Lives Awards

These awards were established to acknowledge the challenges, hope and the capacity for families and individuals to persevere and live productive lives with the help of science, family, friends and compassionate efforts of responsible civic and corporate leadership.


Watch videos of the 2014 Foundation Productive Lives Awardwinners.

Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., is the Director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In that role he oversees the work of the largest supporter of biomedical research in the world, spanning the spectrum from basic to clinical research.

Dr. Collins is a physician-geneticist noted for his landmark discoveries of disease genes and his leadership of the international Human Genome Project, which culminated in April 2003 with the completion of a finished sequence of the human DNA instruction book. He served as director of the National Human Genome Research Institute at the NIH from 1993-2008. Read more about Dr. Collins in the Dinner Program.

Thomas R. Insel, M.D., is the former Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the component of the National Institutes of Health charged with generating the knowledge needed to understand, treat, and prevent mental disorders. His tenure at NIMH has been distinguished by groundbreaking findings in the areas of practical clinical trials, autism research, and the role of genetics in mental illnesses. Read more about Dr. Insel in the Dinner Program.

Eric R. Kandel, M.D., is University Professor and Fred Kavli Professor and Director of the Kavli Institute for Brain Science at Columbia University and a Senior Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Dr. Kandel has conducted pioneering investigations into the molecular mechanisms of implicit memory storage, using as his research model the snail Aplysia. He and his colleagues have been investigating more complex explicit memory storage—the conscious recall of information about people, places, and objects—which they are studying in mice. Read more about Dr. Kandel in the Dinner Program.

Judy Collins has inspired audiences with sublime vocals, boldly vulnerable songwriting, personal life triumphs, and a firm commitment to social activism. In the 1960s, she evoked both the idealism and steely determination of a generation united against social and environmental injustices. Five decades later, her luminescent presence shines brightly as new generations bask in the glow of her iconic 50-album body of work, and heed inspiration from her spiritual discipline to thrive in the music industry for half a century. Read more about Judy Collins in the Dinner Program.


Past recipients:




  • Fountain House