Nourish International, an international nonprofit organization founded by students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2003, honored leaders in the fields of higher education, international development and social entrepreneurship at its Biannual Hunger Luncheon on Friday, Feb. 27. Interim Vice Chancellor of Commercialization and Economic Development Judith Cone received a Nourish International Impact Award, along with IntraHealth’s Pape Gaye and Appia’s Jud Bowman at the luncheon.
The event was held from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Magnolia Room at the Rizzo Conference Center. Guests included past Nourish Board Members and staff, community and university leaders, students and donors.
The luncheon was held to recognize outstanding leaders of change in the Triangle, celebrate the success of Nourish and to discuss the future of Nourish’s student movement. Attendees heard about the organization’s accomplishments, values and mission. Guests also enjoyed the meal that started it all, Hunger Lunch. The menu includes cuisine consisting of rice, beans and cornbread—a typical meal in many regions of the world.
As the special assistant to the chancellor for innovation and entrepreneurship, Cone has helped to cultivate an entrepreneurial environment at UNC. Prior to this role, Cone spent 15 years at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where she served as the vice president of emerging strategies and entrepreneurship. Cone led several of the foundation’s key initiatives including a business start-up training program, Kauffman Campuses Initiative, which helps to make education in entrepreneurship accessible across college campuses, and an award-winning online resource for entrepreneurs. Cone also serves as the interim director of the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise.