The Forum was pleased to bestow its first-ever Cornerstone Award during its 17th Annual Conference, March 1-5, 2021, to two deserving colleagues. In celebration of its 20th anniversary, this award was established to recognize outstanding leadership, vision, and service to the organization. Presented to honor individuals who have served as leaders of The Forum, the Cornerstone Award recognizes the highest level of dedication to the organization.
Congratulations to Mary Dwyer and Mary Anne Grant, and thank you for your dedicated service to The Forum!
Mary Dwyer made her mark on The Forum on Education Abroad from its very beginning. As a founding a member, she played a key role in all of the early meetings and launch of The Forum, served as the first vice-president/vice-chair of the Board from 2001-2006, and chaired The Forum’s Board of Directors from 2006-2012. Gretchen Cook-Anderson, Assistant Vice President for Diversity, Recruiting & Advising at IES Abroad, congratulated Mary and says that she has “felt grateful for amazingly sage advice, warm encouragement, genuine concern and care, the example of true organizational stewardship, and the pricelessness of innovative and inclusive leadership at its best, all embodied in a wonderful role model… [Mary is] the personification of a cornerstone from which this field, countless careers, and the education of tens of thousands of young people abroad have been built.”
Mary Anne Grant
Mary Anne Grant forged a 40-year career in education abroad, and served 13 of those years volunteering as a member of The Forum’s Board of Directors. She served as Board Chair from 2015-2018. Commenting on Mary Ann’s tenure on the Board, John Lucas, President and CEO of ISEP Study Abroad, says “Mary Anne was selfless, never searching for the limelight, she always listened really well, she taught us as Board members to listen to the Council, [and] to reach out to the membership…” She led a strategic planning process that has an enormous impact on The Forum’s growth and paved the way for today’s leaders of the organization to continue that growth. John described Mary Anne as embodying “the hallmark of an excellent leader, someone who can effect lasting change but also pave the way for others.”