OCTOBER 23, 2020

10 a.m. ET | 4 p.m. CET


About the Ceremony

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize — the world’s largest annual humanitarian award presented to a nonprofit organization judged to have made exemplary and extraordinary contributions toward alleviating human suffering.

Humanitarian crises are growing in number and severity around the world. These crises are at home and abroad and beg the question, “What is the future of humanitarian action?” During the 2020 Hilton Humanitarian Prize Ceremony, leaders including Soledad O’Brien, Bryan Stevenson, and this year’s recipient of the $2.5 million award, Homeboy Industries, addressed that question.

OCTOBER 23, 2020 - 10 a.m. ET | 4 p.m. CET


10:00 a.m. ET

Welcome & introduction by Soledad O’Brien

10:05 a.m. ET

Opening remarks by Steven M. Hilton

10:10 a.m. ET

Reflecting on 25 years of the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize

10:20 a.m. ET

Presentation by Bryan Stevenson (livestream only)

10:45 a.m. ET

Homeboy Industries award video

10:50 a.m. ET

Hilton Prize presentation by Peter Laugharn

10:55 a.m. ET

Acceptance remarks by Father Gregory Boyle, S.J.

11:05 a.m. ET

A discussion with Homeboy Industries

11:30 a.m. ET

Closing remarks by Soledad O’Brien


Jose Arellano

Jose Arellano

Co-Director of Case Management & Navigators, Homeboy Industries

After successfully completing Homeboy’s 18-month program, Arellano worked his way into the employment services department, and then became a navigator. Now he is an active member of the organization's management team. Arellano strives to cultivate a culture of community and kinship within the organization.

Father Greg Boyle

Father Greg

Founder, Homeboy Industries

Greg Boyle is a Jesuit priest and founder of Homeboy Industries, the world's largest gang intervention and rehabilitation program on the planet. Author of the NYT bestselling book Tattoos on the Heart, Boyle travels the world spreading the message of Homeboy Industries and its resolve to stand on the margins with the most vulnerable among us.

Steven M. Hilton

Steven M. Hilton

Chair of the board, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

Steve Hilton oversees the Foundation’s worldwide humanitarian work. He previously served on the board of the Conrad N. Hilton Fund for Sisters. He also served on the boards of the Archdiocesan Finance Council, the BEST Foundation, Loyola Marymount University, Southern California Grantmakers, and St. Joseph Center.

Raj Kumar

Raj Kumar

President & Editor-in-Chief, Devex

Raj Kumar is a media leader and former humanitarian council chair for the World Economic Forum and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is the author of the book "The Business of Changing the World," a go-to primer on the ideas, people, and technology disrupting the aid industry.

Peter Laugharn

Peter Laugharn

President & CEO, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

Peter Laugharn is a passionate leader with 25 years of foundation and nonprofit experience internationally, with a focus on improving the well-being of vulnerable children. Laugharn serves on the boards of the Council on Foundations and the Pacific Council for International Policy.

Maggie Miller

Maggie Miller

Senior Director, Hilton Humanitarian Prize

Maggie Miller oversees all aspects of the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, from the nomination and evaluation process to the final selection of recipients by an independent international panel of jurors. Miller also leads the annual humanitarian symposium and ceremony honoring the prize recipient.

Soledad O’Brien

Soledad O’Brien


Soledad O’Brien is an award-winning documentarian, journalist, speaker, author, and philanthropist. She is the CEO of Soledad O’Brien Productions, a multiplatform media production company dedicated to telling empowering and authentic stories on a range of social issues.

Bryan Stevenson

Bryan Stevenson

Executive Director, Equal Justice Initiative

Bryan Stevenson has argued and won multiple cases at the U.S. Supreme Court, including a 2019 ruling protecting condemned prisoners who suffer from dementia and a landmark 2012 ruling that banned mandatory life imprisonment without parole sentences for all children 17 or younger.

Marshall Stowell

Marshall Stowell

Vice President of Communications, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

Marshall Stowell develops strategic communications and advocacy initiatives that advance the mission of the Hilton Foundation, amplifies the organization’s programmatic goals, engages stakeholders, and helps elevate the voices of people living in the affected communities it serves.

Shirley Torres

Shirley Torres

Chief Program Officer, Homeboy Industries

Shirley Torres leads Homeboy Industries in strategies to receive, engage, and retain citizens returning from California state and federal prisons, county jail, and juvenile detention facilities. Torres is committed to building communities of support for those least likely to succeed.

Tom Vozzo

Tom Vozzo

Chief Executive Officer, Homeboy Industries

Since 2012, Vozzo has served as the first-ever CEO of Homeboy Industries. Vozzo has led the nonprofit organization forward, bringing his business expertise and vision to implement a strategic and mission-driven development plan for the organization that has resulted in growth all around.

The Future of Humanitarian Action: Writing the next chapter

The Future of Humanitarian Action: Writing the next chapter

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Inaugurated in 1996, as a tribute to Conrad N. Hilton’s lifetime of international humanitarian efforts, the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize is the world’s largest annual humanitarian award and is presented to a nonprofit organization judged to have made exemplary and extraordinary contributions toward alleviating human suffering.

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