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Globy Awards

What is a Globy? The Globy Award is a way to recognize outstanding individuals making a difference in Greater Philadelphia and beyond. It is an annual award recognizing Philadelphians who make significant contributions to education, journalism, heritage, culture, commerce, and other areas.  It’s called a Globy for two reasons. One, it’s from the Global Philadelphia Association, and two, it recognizes the kind of accomplishments that attract people from across the globe to our city.

Recognizing and celebrating our influential citizens builds Philadelphia’s status as a global leader. Since their introduction in 2015, Globy Awards now grace the mantles of leaders in local politics, business, education, arts, nonprofits, heritage, and journalism.

The annual Globy Awards is a night to celebrate, get inspired, and forge new bonds across communities. Proceeds from the event help support the work of the Global Philadelphia Association to raise the international profile of Greater Philadelphia.

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Event Details

The 2023 Globy Awards were held

Monday, December 11, 2023.


If you were unable to attend, watch the full highlight video below, or visit the GPA Youtube


Our 2023 MC - Alicia Vitarelli

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Alicia Vitarelli joined the Action News team in October 2010. She is the co-anchor of Action News at 5 and 5:30 P.M. and Action News at 10 A.M. Just a few of the highlights of her vast and varied work here include traveling to cover the Royal Wedding, the beatification of Pope John Paul II at the Vatican, the Oscars, the CMA Awards and Dancing with the Stars. She has also interviewed many Hollywood A-listers for her daily segments on Action News. 

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To watch media coverage from the awards, click below.

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Our 2023 Globy Awardees

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Michael Gary - Educational Leadership

Head of Friends Select School

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Michael Norris - Historical and Preservation Leadership

Executive Director, The Carpentersʼ Hall

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Rt. Rev. Daniel G. P. Gutiérrez - Community Leadership

Bishop, Diocese of Pennsylvania

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Rev. Dr. Lorina Marshall-Blake, Corporate Leadership

President, Independence Blue Cross Foundation

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Kathryn Ott Lovell - Sustainable Development

President & CEO, Philadelphia Visitor Center Corporation

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Oliver St. Clair Franklin - Lifetime Achievement

Honorary British Consul for Greater Philadelphia

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How does someone win a Globy?

GPA has organized a Globy Selection Committee of Philadelphia leaders and professionals who carefully evaluate each year’s nominees and select the recipients. While most winners are Philadelphians, accomplished outsiders with deep local roots are also eligible, like Andrea Mitchell, who began her distinguished journalism career in Philadelphia.

The Globy itself is a significant statuette designed especially for GPA. Each little Globy is quite hefty, representing the heavyweight accomplishments of winners like MSNBC’s Ali Velshi, Drexel University President John Fry, and Dr. Ala Stanford, Founder of The Black Doctors COVID-19 Consortium.

Gold Sponsors

gold sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Table Sponsors


  • Bank of America
  • International House Philadelphia
  • British and Commonwealth of Nations 
    Organizations of Greater Philadelphia
  • John and Susan Smith
  • Carpenters’ Hall
  • Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Consular Corps Association
  • Pennsylvania Humanities Council 
  • Community College of Philadelphia
  • Philadelphia’s Visitor Center Corporation
  • Deloitte
  • Washington Memorial Chapel
  • Drexel Solutions Institute
  • WSFS

Media Partners

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Globy Award Selection Committee

  • Tiffany Chang Lawson, Deloitte Consulting LLP
  • Christopher Chaplin, Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia
  • Kosh Daphtary, Chemtech 
  • Osagie Imasogie, Pheonix IP Ventures
  • Amid Ismail, Temple University 
  • Rob McNeill, Deloitte
  • Dianne Semingson, DLS International
  • John Smith, Global Philadelphia Association
  • Bill Sasso, Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young
  • Blane Stoddard, BFW Group
  • Zabeth Teelucksingh, Global Philadelphia Association
  • Omar Woodard, HRS Management
  • Harold Yaffe, Global Philadelphia Association
  • Svetlana Yazovskikh, Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau 


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This year's charitable partner for the 2023 Globy Awards was Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC).

RMHC received all small toy figures & figurines, given by attendees, as donations and will be used to support families on their children’s medical journeys.

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