Highest Honor Awarded in Recognition of Immigrant Experience and Lifetime Achievement

May 8, 2010- Dr. Ichak Adizes, the world’s leading management guru, was among the distinguished group of Americans honored by the National Coalition of Ethnic Organizations (NECO) for his achievements and contributions to American society.  As a recipient of the prestigious Ellis Island Medal of Honor, Dr. Adizes joined the ranks of American Presidents, Senators, Nobel Laureates, leaders of industry, famous athletes, artists and others who have greatly contributed to the American National Identity while preserving the values and culture of their heritage.

Dr. Adizes is the first Macedonian-Israeli to be recognized by NECO.  Receiving the award with Dr. Adizes were the President of the Four Seasons Hotels, the Managing Director of Morgan Stanley, and the President of Brown University, among others.

Established in 1986, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor pays tribute to the diverse ancestry groups that comprise America’s unique cultural mosaic.  The honorees were celebrated on Ellis Island in New York.  All branches of the United States Armed Forces were in attendance, and each performed a patriotic display in regimented unison.  Dancers sang and twirled in their native costumes, adding to the international flavor of the celebration.  A gala dinner in the historic Great Hall on Ellis Island followed the moving ceremony.  As a grand finale, an impressive fireworks display illuminated the sky in colorful bursts, enveloping America’s enduring symbol of freedom, the Statue of Liberty.  It was truly a majestic event.

Dr. Adizes joined a long list of other notable past recipients, including President Bill Clinton, President George H.W. Bush, President Gerald Ford, Mohammad Ali, Frank Sinatra, Sen. John McCain, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Donald Trump, General Norman Schwarzkopf, Martin Scorsese, Lee Iacocca, US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Bob Hope, Quincy Jones, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, General Colin Powell, and numerous others.

Dr. Adizes is the President and Professional Director of the Adizes Institute, which is focused on creating an integrated network of professionals who practice structural, systemic and participative change in everything from micro systems (individuals and families) to macro systems (organizations and societies). The Institute is a world leader in developing a unifying theory and practice of leading change without destructive conflict.

For more information on Dr. Adizes, please contact the Adizes Institute at 1212 Mark Avenue, Carpinteria, California, or visit http://www.adizes.com.