This week I had the honor of being on hand in New York when restaurateur and Share Our Strength board member Danny Meyer became only the third person after Wynton Marsalis and Billy Jean King to win the Preston Robert Tisch Award in Civic Leadership. It comes with a $25,000 honorarium which Danny donated to Share Our Strength to use on behalf of recovery efforts related to Hurricane Sandy.
The evening included an interview on stage at the Museum of Modern Art with Aspen Institute President Walter Isaacson who wrote the Steve Jobs biography. Danny was witty and wise as always, and he used the occasion to share a number of learning’s he’s taken from his work with Share Our Strength. He spoke about a tenet of his hospitality philosophy: aspiring to ensure that his employees and by extension those they served – never felt that things were happening to them, but rather for them.
It was an extraordinary evening, and especially moving to see how many people Danny has inspired with his unique brand of hospitality, leadership and humanity.