Con Hogan’s Legacy

This will be the ninth annual award, a tribute to Con’s life’s work and commitment to public service. The goal of the award is to encourage and reward leaders who share his vision of a better Vermont—one that places the highest value on the public good—who seize the responsibility for making that vision real, and who mentor emerging leaders.

Con was one of the rare individuals who changed the world by changing systems and structures within government.   He improved our work in human services through persistent use of evidence and data.   His career started in corrections as an officer and culminated in the position of Deputy and then Commissioner of Corrections in Vermont.

Con served as Secretary of Human Services for the state of Vermont for 9 years until he retired. After retiring he focused on improving the lives and outcomes for children often traveling the world to inspire other individuals, organizations, governments and countries to do the same

The Con Hogan Award winners are individuals selected by the Award Committee, whose members represent a broad range of interests and experience, including health care and human services, the arts, government service, early care and education, and the economy. The individual will have demonstrated the following characteristics: focusing on results, using data and measurement to mobilize action, working with people across diverse perspectives, taking risks in pursuit of the vision, and persisting through setbacks.

The awardee must be a Vermont resident who has not yet received the prize and must be nominated by another individual. Nominations will be accepted through the Vermont Community Foundation’s website until 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 29, 2023. The award will be presented at a public event in Montpelier, at 4:30 pm on October 11.

Past Con Hogan Award winners include Jan Demers who won the award in 2019 for her work at CVOEO.   At the time, Demers was the Executive Director at the Champlain Office of Economic Opportunity.   “This was an amazing opportunity to recognize the work that is being done at CVOEO.  I am so grateful to have been a part of that work and those people.”  The $15,000 award Demers received was used to enhance and promote CVOEO’s New American Community Ambassador program.

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