The Con Hogan Award

The Con Hogan Award for Creative, Entrepreneurial, Community Leadership recognizes Con and his life’s work by encouraging and rewarding leaders who share his vision of a Vermont that places the highest value on the public good, and seize the responsibility for making that vision real by using data and measurement, monitoring a plan of action, and making strategic adjustments along the way.

About Con and the Award

Con Hogan was an important figure in Vermont. Sadly, he passed away in August 2018. From his work in the public, nonprofit, and private for-profit sectors, he exemplified the kind of thinking and leadership that Vermont needs as we address the challenges of a new century. Con’s down-to-earth management approach was always backed by both sophisticated, tested theory and a nuts-and-bolts practicality.

Whether the focus was corrections, child well-being, or health care, Con served his state by working to understand the fundamentals of the situation, finding experts who could educate him about what he didn’t know, setting a vision for what was possible, and getting to work to make that vision reality. Throughout this process, he kept his eye on whether his project was producing the desired results. If it wasn't, he looked for another way to get the results. Learn more about Con below.

The Con Hogan Creative, Entrepreneurial, Community Leadership Award is a $15,000 cash award that recognizes the work of a Vermont community leader who shares with Con the traits listed below.

Characteristics of Award Recipients

The Con Hogan Award for Creative, Entrepreneurial, Community Leadership recognizes Con and his life’s work by encouraging and rewarding leaders who:

  • Share his vision of a Vermont that places the highest value on the public good.
  • Seize the responsibility for making the vision real by:
    • Focusing on results,
    • using data and measurement to mobilize action,
    • working with people across diverse perspectives,
    • taking risks in pursuit of a vision, and
    • persisting through setbacks.
  • Mentor emerging leaders, formally and informally.

The honoree must be an individual who is a Vermont resident and has not previously received the award. Although there is no specific age requirement, the award is intended for someone with a record of success who is continuing to act toward making a positive difference.

Eligibility

  • Individuals may not nominate themselves, a family member, a member or family
    member of the Con Hogan Organizing Committee, a staff or board member of the
    Vermont Community Foundation, or an elected official. In addition, if an employer of a
    nominee does not allow receipt of cash, the nominee may designate a nonprofit of their
    choice that best furthers the work for which they have been honored by the Hogan
    Award.
  • Nominators must be individuals not organizations, though an individual may nominate a colleague within their organization/place of employment. 
  • Nominees are eligible for nomination in subsequent years if they have never been selected as an awardee.

Deadlines and Notifications

Given the extraordinary times we are in due to COVID-19, we will not seek nominations for the 2020 Con Hogan Award. The pandemic has highlighted the importance of sound leadership, strong networking, persistence, and data-driven decision making.  This year the Hogan Award Committee will recognize an individual or organization that has exhibited these characteristics throughout this pandemic and that shares Con's vision of a Vermont that places the highest value on the public good.

Selection Committee

Recipients will be selected by a committee consisting of individuals who represent a broad range of activities, including: health and human services, the arts, government service, early care and education, agriculture, and civic duty.

  • Will Belongia, VT Community Loan Fund
  • Paul Cillo, Public Assets Institute
  • Steve Dale, Former Human Services Manager
  • Scott Johnson, Consultant for DULCE-Vermont
  • Ellen Kahler, Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund
  • Jane Kimble, Vermont Community Foundation
  • Diana Wahle, Windham SE Supervisory Union