IOA Announces 2024 Trailblazer Award and President Award Recipients

The International Ombuds Association (IOA) is proud to announce the recipients of the 2024 Trailblazer Award and President’s Awards.

The IOA Board of Directors established the Trailblazer Award in 2022 for individuals who have devoted significant contributions to the organizational ombuds field over an extended period of time. Award recipients may have served as an organizational ombuds, but is not required to have served as an organizational ombuds to receive this Award.

The 2024 recipient is: 

Tom Kosakowski, JD 

The President’s Award recognizes distinguished individuals for their commitment to serving the ombuds field and/or the International Ombuds Association. All award recipients were recognized at the IOA's Annual Conference 18-20 March in Indianapolis, Indiana. 

The 2024 award recipients are:

Chuck Doran, CO-OP®
Wayne Blair 
Katie Manderson 
Lisa Yamagata-Lynch, PhD, CO-OP®
Diana Vermuel 
Jutta Reitmeier 
Kirsi Aulin, CO-OP®
Jennifer Moumneh, CO-OP® 
Thomas Griffin, JD 
Suzanne Diviney, JD, CO-OP® 
Ronnie Thomson

About the International Ombuds Association 
The International Ombuds Association (IOA) is a professional association committed to supporting organizational ombuds worldwide. The association’s members help others safely navigate conflict and change in corporations, educational institutions, non-profit organizations, government entities, and nongovernmental organizations across the globe. IOA provides professional development, networking, mentoring, and other resources, and advocates for issues impacting ombuds. Learn more at www.ombuds

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Ronnie Thomson - Friday, March 22, 2024

Long overdue Tom! Don't know where we'd be without The Ombuds Blog. I wonder how many of us you have helped specifically with securing ombuds roles in organizations. Grateful to Dr. Alicia Booker for recognizing all of us in addition to her contributions to IOA. Honored to be recognized with such an exceptional group of colleagues. As some of us decrease in volunteering, please consider how some of you might increase. Grow with us!

Dr. Mary P. Rowe - Thursday, March 21, 2024

I am so glad to see each of these colleagues recognized for their innovations and hard work and generosity. Tom Kosakowski's Blog in particular is an incredible, world wide resource for those trying to understand the unique work of OOs, as well as supporting each one of us in the nascent organizational ombuds profession.

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