2020 Global Citizen of the Year Application

2020 Global Citizen of the Year Application

The Global Citizen Award series will recognize one EO Member, whose innovative and effective approach transcends borders, changes lives, and sets an example for us all. EO is supporting the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the Global Citizen of the Year Award is a powerful example of this commitment. The goals are "a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity," and the EO Global Citizen of the Year shares this vision. Read more about the UN SDGs here: https://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/sustainable-development-goals/

The winner will be recognized with a paid trip to visit the EO chapter of his or her choice.

1. The nominee will be an EO Member in good standing. Members of the EO Global Board, Regional Chairs and Committee Chairs are not eligible during their tenure.
2. The awards will be based on outstanding actions during the previous calendar year and will be awarded at the 2020 Global Leadership Conference (GLC).
3. The Member will have demonstrated outstanding Global Citizenship in one or more of the following areas:

a. Adopting a responsibility to reduce international inequality (social and/or economic)
b. Service-centered leadership that leverages EO members, resources or networks to serve a wider community
c. Supporting ethical business practices or leading SDG-related initiatives in their communities

All entries and supporting material must be received by midnight US Eastern time on 17 March, 2020.

Self-applications or nominations of other EO members may be submitted. The signature form must be completed for the application to be considered.

The completed nomination should contain a description of why the member deserves this recognition. Attached documents and photographs/video will be part of the selection process. Only one application per member will be considered.

All information and material that you wish to be considered for this application must be from the calendar period starting January 1st and ending December 31st, 2019. Any material from a time period prior to this will not be considered for the award, although the basis for the applicant’s consideration may be in a program that was started prior to the 2019 calendar year.

The winner will be selected through a review process by members of the External Engagement Committee.


The EO Global Citizen of the Year will be recognized for his or her contributions with a paid trip to visit the EO chapter of his or her choice.

The trip is to be used as a goodwill visit/tour only and may not be leveraged for paid speaking engagements or other business. The recipient may add additional travel at his or her own expense, but may not solicit EO chapters for paid engagements as the award recipient.

Flight, hotel and other transportation/meal costs may be submitted back to EO to cover up to $3,500 USD for the recipient only.

The recipient must use the trip for making contact with an EO chapter outside of his or her own country and preferably outside of his or her own geographic region. The External Engagement Committee Chair has final approval on the recipient's selected destination. The recipient will be asked to record their journey with photographs, notes, etc.

Travel must take place within nine months of winning the award. A planning call will be made available to the recipient with the Chair of the External Engagement Committee and staff. EO Global will assist with introductions to the chapter being visited.

Rules and Regulations:

1. Final Entry: All entries and supporting material are final at the time of submission. No revisions will be accepted.

2. Travel Award: Each entrant, nominee and winner understands and agrees that winning the award is not a guarantee of travel funding. Travel plans must be approved by the Chair of the External Engagement Committee prior to booking to ensure reimbursement.

3. Taxes: All taxes required to be paid related to winnings under the Global Citizen Award series are solely the responsibility of the winner under the laws of the jurisdiction where the winner resides or is required to pay taxes.

4. Winner Selection: EO does not discriminate on the basis of race, caste, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation or national origin in conducting its programs and activities. The winner will be selected by members of the External Engagement Committee based on the criteria described herein, and any other merit-based criteria developed by EO in its sole discretion. Decisions by the judges are final and binding in all matters related to this Section 4.

5. Disqualification: EO, in its sole discretion, reserves the immediate and unrestricted right to disqualify any nominee or winner if he/she commits or has committed any act or has been involved or becomes involved in any situation or occurrence which EO deems likely to reflect unfavorably upon EO in any way. If such information is discovered, EO may rescind the award at any time. Decisions of EO are final and binding in all matters related to this Section 5.

6. Waiver: Entrant, nominee, or winner, and his or her respective estates, legal successors, or assigns, releases and forever discharges and holds harmless and agrees not to sue EO, its affiliates, subsidiaries, chapters, directors, officers, employees and agents (“Released Parties”), and their successors and assigns, from any and all liability, claims and demands of whatever kind or nature, either in law or in equity, which arise or may hereafter arise from illness, infection, personal injury, loss of reputation, detainment, death, or damage to or theft of property or any other occurrence in connection with participation and travel related to the Global Citizen Award series hereof.

7. Indemnification: By entering an application or accepting the award, each entrant, nominee or winner, and his or her respective estates, legal successors, or assigns, agrees to hold Released Parties harmless for liability, damages, or claims for injury or loss to any person or property, relating to, in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, participation in this Global Citizen Award series and the acceptance and subsequent use or misuse of the award.

8. Proprietary Information: Each entrant or nominee agrees not to submit any entry that infringes any third party proprietary rights, intellectual property rights, industrial property rights, personal or moral rights or any other rights, including without limitation, copyright, trademark, patent, trade secret or confidentiality obligations, or otherwise violates applicable U.S. law.

9. Technology: EO is not responsible for lost, late or misdirected mail; printing errors; server unavailability; or computer or any other electronic or telecommunications malfunction. All material must be physically inserted into the application itself; judges will not be able to use linked content or attachments as consideration.

10. No Assignment: No assignment or transfer by entrant, nominee or winner of such party’s rights and obligations hereunder shall be made except with the prior written consent of EO.

11. Governing Law: These rules and regulations shall be governed and construed in accordance with the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia, without regard to conflicts of law principles. Any legal suit, action or proceeding arising out of or related to these rules and regulations or the matters contemplated hereunder shall be instituted exclusively in the federal courts of the United States or the courts of the Commonwealth of Virginia in each case located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Entrant, nominee, or winner irrevocably and unconditionally (a) consent to submit to the jurisdiction of the courts of the Commonwealth of Virginia and of the United States of America located in the Commonwealth of Virginia for any action, suit or proceeding arising out of or relating to this agreement (and hereby irrevocably and unconditionally agree not to commence any such action, suit, or proceeding except in such courts), (b) waive any objection to the laying of venue of any such action, suit or proceeding in any such courts and (c) waive and agree not to plead or claim that any such action, suit or proceeding brought in any such court has been brought in an inconvenient forum.

12. Severability: If any portion or provision of these rules and regulations is to any extent declared illegal or unenforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction, then the remainder of these rules and regulations, or the application of such portion or provision in circumstances other than those as to which it is so declared illegal or unenforceable, will not be affected thereby, and each portion and provision of these rules and regulations shall be valid and enforceable to the fullest extent permitted by law. Any provision of these rules and regulations which is prohibited or unenforceable in any jurisdiction shall, as to such jurisdiction, be ineffective to the extent of such prohibition or unenforceability without invalidating the remaining provisions hereof, and any such prohibition or unenforceability in any jurisdiction shall not invalidate or render unenforceable such provision in any other jurisdiction.

13. Headings: The headings contained in these rules and regulations are included for purposes of convenience only, and do not affect the meaning or interpretation of the same.

14. Binding Agreement: Submission of an entry in the Global Citizen Award series constitutes agreement to the rules and regulations described herein. These official rules and regulations form a binding legal agreement between entrant, nominee, and EO. In order to be considered, each entrant and nominee must submit an executed copy of this application to EO.