2019 Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal Recipients

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Chelsea Clinton

Vice Chair, Clinton Foundation
Educator & Author

Global Health Advocate | Women’s Rights & Civic Engagement Educator

As vice chair of the Clinton Foundation, Chelsea Clinton works alongside the Foundation’s leadership and partners to help create economic opportunity, improve public health, and inspire civic engagement and service across the United States and around the world.  She also teaches at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health and has written several books (including two New York Times bestsellers) promoting civic engagement for youth as well as a book on global health governance. Chelsea’s newest book The Book of Gutsy Women, co-authored with Hillary Clinton is set to launch on October 1, 2019.

John W. Golden Jr. and Gloria Kidd Golden

Service Philanthropists | Community Builders

John and Gloria Golden have dedicated themselves to serving  the Hyde Park community through land donation and funding for landmark restoration projects; professional roles at local National Park Service sites and the FDR Presidential Library; and  board membership and advocacy work on behalf of numerous civic and historical organizations and nonprofits, including: Northern Dutchess Hospital, Hudson River Housing, Winnakee Land Trust, FDR Educational Foundation, and the Roosevelt/Vanderbilt Historic Association. Mrs. Golden, whose father became a friend of Eleanor Roosevelt’s and presided over her funeral, also had the honor of spending a good deal of time in Mrs. Roosevelt’s company.

Lisa Lutoff-Perlo

President & CEO,  Celebrity Cruises

Gender Barriers Disruptor | Equity and Diversity Promoter

The first and only woman to lead one of Royal Caribbean’s cruise line brands, Lisa Lutoff-Perlo is also responsible for hiring the industry’s first American female captain of a cruise ship. A “smart disruptor,” she has received numerous awards for her contributions to promoting gender equality, diversity and inclusion—both in the workplace and through her work with the numerous regional, philanthropic and women’s organizations to which she lends her leadership.

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Zainab Salbi 

Television Host & Media Commentator / Author 

Founder, Women for Women International

Champion for Women War Survivors | Inspirational Global Journalist

Founder of  Women for Women International, a grassroots humanitarian and development organization is dedicated to serving women survivors of wars, Zainab Salbi is the author of several books, including a national bestseller about escaping Saddam Hussain’s regime. Consistently identified as one of the leading women impacting the world, she has hosted television programs on contemporary issues from the female perspective on Yahoo! News and PBS and appears regularly as a commentator on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

Eleanor Roosevelt: Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Article 20 (1) Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.
(2) No one may be compelled to belong to an association.