The 6th Annual Globy Awards

Five Philadelphia Stars with Globally Significant Achievements to be honored Dec. 14 by Global Philadelphia Association

PHILADELPHIA (November 9, 2020) - The internationally significant achievements of five innovative Philadelphia-area leaders in medicine and business entrepreneurship will be celebrated Dec. 14 during Global Philadelphia Association’s 6th Annual Globy Awards.  

The five points of light who will be honored at this year’s first-ever virtual Globy Awards include Lifetime Achievement Honoree Ed Satell of The Satell Institute; Educational Leadership Honoree Antonia Villarruel, PhD, RN, FAAN, of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing); Heritage and Preservation Leadership Honoree Hazami Sayed of Al Bustan Seeds of Culture; Community Leadership Honoree Dr. Ala Stanford of Black Doctors Consortium; and Corporate Leadership Honoree Dr. Charles J. Yeo of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health.   

“Our 2020 innovative honorees represent the best of Philadelphia in terms of social responsibility, welcoming world heritages and the spirit of Philadelphia,” said Zabeth Teelucksingh, executive director of the Global Philadelphia Association. “They also are aligned with our efforts to support sustainable goals in America’s first World Heritage City.”

Global Philadelphia Association members support The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, which are a call for action by all countries to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. Regionally, the goals set standards for working to improve the quality of life in the Philadelphia area by providing environmental, equity, economic, and health benefits for all.

Ever since the Association succeeded in obtaining a World Heritage City designation for the City of Philadelphia, its members have recognized the importance of  conferring annual awards on Philadelphians who have made globally significant contributions.

“The Greater Philadelphia Region is brimming with globally-minded individuals who have made immeasurable contributions to our international reputation,” said Robert McNeill, chair of the GPA Board of Directors and Deloitte Greater Philadelphia managing partner. “It is the Global Philadelphia Association’s privilege to honor these local leaders who have raised the profile of our city not just in the eyes of fellow Americans but in the eyes of the world.”

Three of this year’s honorees have made strides worthy of recognition in the field of health and all have embraced inclusivity. To receive a Globy is a mark of high achievement, a recognition of having made a globally significant difference in the life of Philadelphia and the world. 

  • Satell, this year’s Lifetime Achievement award recipient, is being honored as an innovative business entrepreneur recognized for his strong values for more than 50 years. He is Founder and CEO of Progressive Business Publications (PBP), in Malvern, PA and employs more than 500 people in three states. His company is well-known for a strong, supportive culture of accountability and dedication to corporate social responsibility. He believes, models, and teaches “Think we, not just me.” Info:
  • Sayed of Al Bustan Seeds of Culture is an Arab-American, grew up in the Arab region and came to the U.S. to pursue higher education. She began Al-Bustan in July 2002 with the launch of a language and cultural day camp, which grew out of a desire to develop a creative and supportive environment where her young boys could learn the Arabic language and be immersed in the richness of Arab arts and culture while navigating their place in American society. Info:
  • Dr. Stanford is a pediatric surgeon who launched an independent testing effort, the Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium (BDCC), in mid-April, after she learned African Americans are contracting and dying from coronavirus at rates higher than any other group in the United States. The consortium educates, provides advocacy and barrier-free coronavirus testing to decrease the morbidity and mortality associated with the disease. Dr. Stanford also serves as a medical correspondent. Info:
  • Villarruel is the Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing at Penn Nursing and an internationally renowned leader in research, policy and practice. She is the school’s sixth dean, only the second alumna to serve in this position, and the first dean to serve who has prior and current NIH funding. Info:
  • Dr. Yeo of Thomas Jefferson University is the Samuel D. Gross Professor and Chair of Surgery; Senior Vice President and Chair, Enterprise Surgery; and Jefferson Health Co-Director, Pancreas, Biliary and Related Cancer Center.  He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals, Inc. Info:

In previous years, the Globy Awards have recognized and honored educators, tourism professionals, historians, community advocates, best-selling authors, filmmakers, award-winning journalists, business leaders, preservationists, and others whose accomplishments added to Philadelphia’s global stature.  Among the past recipients are Vernon Odom, retired journalist, WPVI-TV/6abc; Meryl Levitz, founding president and CEO, Visit Philadelphia; Sam Katz, founder, History Making Productions; and Chellie Cameron, CEO, Philadelphia International Airport and Northeast Philadelphia Airport. 

This special event is at Noon EST on Monday, December 14 and is free to attend, click here to register. For more information about the Globy Awards, go here

About the Global Philadelphia Association 

The Global Philadelphia Association consists of more than 200 internationally involved organizations, businesses, and individuals in Greater Philadelphia. It was created to assist – and to encourage greater  interaction among – the many organizations and people who are engaged in international activity in the  Greater Philadelphia Region, to promote the development of an international consciousness within the area,  and to enhance Philadelphia’s global profile. For more information, visit our website:

Honorees may be interviewed in advance of this event. Photos, B roll video and bios of the recipients are available. 

Deirdre C. Hopkins, [email protected], 609-980-2295
Nina Rodebaugh, [email protected], 973-713-8123