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Annual Award Program

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The NASBA Center for the Public Trust (CPT) supports and promotes ethical behavior, actions and activities within the business and professional communities. Each year, the CPT honors individuals who positively impact business with strong, ethical leadership.

Through the Being a Difference Award, the CPT recognizes individuals practicing high standards of ethical, business leadership. Being a Difference Award recipients do not simply aspire to make a difference – they are Being a Difference in their careers and other endeavors by embodying the very best in principled behavior and integrity.

The CPT is seeking nominations from a wide array of business and industries across the nation for the next class of Being a Difference Award honorees. CPT supporters and the business community at-large are encouraged to nominate individuals who are Being a Difference in their environment (industry, profession or community).

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Established in 2006, the Being a Difference Award program honors individuals for their exceptional contributions to ethical leadership in business. Past recipients have spanned the spectrum of Fortune 500 executives to individuals who have worked courageously, but quietly, in support of the public trust. See all of the honorees since the inception of the award.

View Past Recipients