In an era when it’s easy to be cynical about ethics, corporate leadership, and politics, we believe Dee Hock’s words have special significance.

We established this award in 2005 to honor and celebrate the memory of the late Jo Kittner of Capital One, a dedicated and contributing member of our organization who during her tenure consistently inspired and impressed upon her colleagues the values of excellence, leadership, and the highest ethical standards.

Our past recipients include:

  • Kathy McTighe (Morgan Stanley)
  • James Walter (Bank of America)
  • Kymberly Messersmith (KM Strategies)
  • Dan Felton (KM Strategies)
  • Sue Nicosia (Discover)
  • Joseph Testa (American Express)

We are pleased to honor and remember Jo.

"An organization, no matter how well designed, is only as good as the people who live and work in it."


Dee Hock, Founding CEO, Visa