Named in honor of Alvah H. Chapman Jr., former chairman of Knight-Ridder media and one of South Florida’s most influential philanthropic and civic leaders, The Chapman Leadership Honors provides recognition to individuals who throughout their lifetimes have made significant contributions in business leadership and community building.? The honoree is a distinguished, transcendent leader who is making a difference within their organization and in the communities they serve.

Each year at this event, the Center for Leadership presents The Transcendent Leader Award to an individual who has championed a cause that benefits our community and society at large. The awardee is also asked to give the keynote address at the event.

The Chapman Honors is proudly presented by the Center for Leadership at Florida International University with support from its Board of Advisors and community partners.

Recognizing The 2014 Transcendent Leader,
Ambassador Steven J. Green


steven-greenAfter more than three decades of business leadership, Steven Jay Green was sworn in as the twelfth United States Ambassador to the Republic of Singapore on November 18, 1997. He concluded his service on March 1, 2001.

During Ambassador Green’s term, he spearheaded a number of strategic programs that greatly enhanced U.S.-Singapore alliances in economic development, intellectual property, immigration and national security. Many of his accomplishments greatly expanded American business opportunities in Singapore and other ASEAN markets.

From 1988-1996, Ambassador Green served as Chairman and CEO of Samsonite Corporation. As Chairman and CEO from 1990-1995 he directed the strategic management and operations of Samsonite and its affiliates, American Tourister and Culligan Water. Samsonite and Culligan became separate public companies in 1995.

In 1995, President Clinton appointed Ambassador Green to the President’s Export Council where he served on the Executive Committee and chaired the Strategic Communications Committee.

Ambassador Green has been active in national civic affairs through the Green Family Foundation an organization dedicated to supporting social programs.

Ambassador Green is Chairman & Founder of Greenstreet Capital Management and serves as Director of Knowledge Universe Learning Group, In addition; Ambassador Green is Chairman and CEO of K1 Ventures Limited, serves as Honorary Consul General of Singapore in Miami, Florida, formally served on the International Advisory Board of the Government Investment Corporation of Singapore, is Chairman of Guggenheim International and is on the Executive Committee of Guggenheim International and is a former Board member of Scripps Research Institute, one of the world’s largest independent non-profit biomedical research organizations.

In June of 2009, Ambassador Green received an Honorary Doctorate degree from the School of Law of Florida International University and serves as a Trustee of the University of Miami. In 2013 he was awarded the Distinguished Civilian Service Award from the United States Navy and is a former member of the United States Secretary of the Navy Advisory Panel. ?In February of 2014, Ambassador was recognized for his outstanding contribution to Singapore and received the Public Service Star Award.

Ambassador Green is married to Dorothea Langhans Green and has two daughters, Andrea and Kimberly. They are the proud grandparents of Steven Wesley and Olivia Tyler.

Emerging Leader Award

In 2013 the Center for Leadership instituted the Emerging Leader Award to recognize a new generation of leaders who are providing innovative solutions to social and business challenges, and improving the quality of life in our community. This award is presented through the generous support of the Alvah H. and Wyline P. Chapman Foundation.

We welcome all nominations from the public for this award for Emerging Leaders under the age of 40. All nominations will be considered by a committee comprised of the Center’s Executive Director, a member of the Chapman family and members of the Center’s advisory boards.

Click here to submit your 2014 Emerging Leader nomination.

About Alvah H. Chapman Jr.

Alvah H. Chapman, Jr. was one of South Florida’s most influential business leaders for thirty years?responsible in many ways for Miami’s emergence as an international business center. A third-generation newspaperman, he came to Miami in 1960 to work for Knight Newspaper. He helped take the company public in 1969 and was the leading architect of the 1974 merger that created Knight Ridder in Miami. Chapman became chief executive officer of the company in 1976 and chairman in 1982. He retired as chairman in 1989 yet continued to serve on their board until 2000. During his tenure, corporate revenue tripled and The Miami Herald won 33 Pulitzer Prizes.

His leadership was also evident in a wide range of civic and community projects. He co-founded the Non-Group, an influential alliance of Miami-Dade business leaders, and was a champion of this community’s nationally-recognized homeless program as founding chairman of Community Partnership for Homeless, Inc. Following Hurricane Andrew’s devastation of Miami-Dade County in 1992, former President George Bush tapped him to lead the massive “We Will Rebuild” effort. He was also Founding Chairman of the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of American and served as Director of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation for 31 years.

A native of Columbus, Georgia, he graduated from The Citadel, Military College of South Carolina, in 1942. After graduation, he served as a B-17 bomber pilot and squadron commander in World War II completing 37 combat missions with the 8th Air Force.

Mr. Chapman passed away on December 25, 2008.

In the News

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2013 Transcendent Leader

Alberto Ibargen

President of Knight Foundation

Alberto Ibarg?en is president of Knight Foundation which promotes informed and engaged communities by funding quality journalism, media innovation, community engagement and the arts.

2012 Transcendent Leader

David Lawrence Jr.

President, The Early Childhood Initiative Foundation Chair, The Children's Movement

David Lawrence Jr. retired in 1999 as publisher of The Miami Herald to work in the area of early childhood development and readiness. He chairs The Children’s Movement of Florida. Twice he led successful campaigns for The Children’s Trust, which each year means more than $100 million for early intervention and prevention funding for children […]

2013 Emerging Leader

Dr. Susan Amat

Serial Entrepreneur

Dr. Susan Amat is a serial entrepreneur, starting her first business at age 15. She ran a record label and a national television show before returning to complete her Bachelor’s degree, earning an MBA and a Ph.D. in Strategic Entrepreneurship (studying industrial engineering, management, and education). Dr. Amat co-founded The Launch Pad at the University […]