Evelyn H. Lauder
Evelyn H. Lauder was Senior Corporate Vice President and Head of Fragrance Development Worldwide for The Estee Lauder Companies. She was an astute businesswoman, a talented photographer, an ardent philanthropist and a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.
John F. Nash, Jr.
Dr. John F. Nash, Jr., winner of the 1994 Nobel Prize in Economics for his work on game theory, is a public advocate and role model for people with mental illness. He is the subject of the film A Beautiful Mind, which is loosely based on his life as a rising mathematical genius who overcomes years of struggle with paranoid schizophrenia. Dr. Nash has used his influence as a public role model to become an active advocate for mental health issues – lobbying Congress and government officials to protect the community mental health programs that allow people who struggle with mental illness to live outside of hospitals and help them lead more independent and productive lives.
Mary-Claire King, PhD, is American Cancer Society Professor in the Department of Medicine and the Department of Genome Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle. She was the first to prove that breast cancer is inherited in some families, as the result of mutations in the gene that she named BRCA1. In addition to the inherited breast and ovarian cancer, her research interests include genetics of hearing loss, the genetic bases of schizophrenia, genetics of systemic lupus erythematosus, and human genetic diversity and evolution. She also pioneered the use of DNA sequencing for human rights investigations, developing the approach of sequencing mitochondrial DNA preserved in human remains, then applying this method to the identification of kidnapped children in Argentina and subsequently to cases of human rights violations on six continents.