Collaborate America Awards Debuts at The Roof Terrace at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

New daytime venue hosts awards program for the art of collaboration

Washington, DC—September 20, 2016—Collaborate America is thrilled to introduce the nation’s first recognition program to acknowledge and honor event strategists and organizations committed to the power of effective partnerships.

The Roof Terrace at The Kennedy Center will host the inaugural Collaborate America Awards on Tuesday, September 27, from 8:00am to 11:00am on the roof terrace level of the Kennedy Center. The event will launch Roof Terrace’s daytime conference center: a focal point of power with sweeping panoramic views of our nation’s capital.

David Adler, Co-chair of Collaborate America and CEO of BizBash, initiated the awards as a powerful way to recognize a generation of unsung heroes who are masters at collaboration – one of the most important elements for progress, discovery and innovation.  “What better place to honor excellence in our various vertical market industries – especially in the arts – than atop one of DC’s most iconic venues? These honorees understand the art and science of bringing people together to solve problems and move forward,” mentioned Adler.

The Collaborate America inaugural honorees are role models and risk takers who impact the lives of millions:
  • American Society of Association Executives/ASAE for developing a culture of learning, unlearning and relearning that inspires thousands of additional communities and organizations. Accepting: John Graham, CAE, President & CEO and Rhonda Payne, CAE, Chief Learning Officer
  • The James Beard Foundation for raising the level of the culinary industry by giving it a voice, a community and recognition. Accepting: Susan Ungaro, President
  • The United Nations Foundation for using social media and the convening power of face-to-face events to promote understanding and action. Accepting: Patricia Padilla, Executive Director of Global Events
  • The kyu Collective, for harnessing the power of the creative community to solve problems using breakthrough thinking. Accepting: Michael Birkin, CEO
  • Atlantic Media for using the power of reputation and authority to bring together great minds to spark creative ways to look at issues and innovation. Accepting: Steve Clemons, Washington Editor at Large
  • Association for Women in Events for providing an inclusive community that is dedicated to the professional advancements of women in all facets of the events industry.  Accepting: Mas Tadesse, Co-Founder & Secretary
Attendees of the inaugural Collaborate America Awards will consist of an intimate group of like-minded negotiators, facilitators, conveners, and consensus builders who will band together following the awards to co-create the program moving forward.

About Collaborate America
Collaborate America is a forming non-profit dedicated to celebrating the art of working together effectively as a movement that can solve world problems by creating role models. Its mission:  to change the world. For more information, visit

About The Roof Terrace at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
The Roof Terrace is the premiere daytime location for special events in DC, with panoramic views of the nation’s capital. It is located at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20566.

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