The 2021 Jesse H. Jones Award
The 2021 Jesse H. Jones Award will be held on October 14.
The World Affairs Council is looking forward to your participation and celebrating with you. Stay tuned for more details.
The 2020 Jesse H. Jones Award
The World Affairs Council of Greater Houston was pleased to honor an individual who, in the spirit of Jesse H. and Mary Gibbs Jones, had contributed to the international spirit of our city. In celebration of the 22nd Annual Jesse H. Jones Award, the World Affairs Council was proud to honor David Stover, Chairman and CEO of Noble Energy as its 2020 International Citizen of the Year.
For the first time in Jones Award history, we honored 12 Global Leaders of Influence who had demonstrated exceptional leadership, made a significant contribution to the international spirit of Houston, and built a lasting impact on the community.
Watch our entire program here.
Past Honorees and Speakers
Honoree: David Stover, Noble Energy
Keynote: Dan Brouillette, United States Secretary of Energy and Yuval Steinitz, Minister of Energy of Israel
A CONVERSATION WITH AMBASSADOR THOMAS PICKERING
Honoree: Jeff Shellebarger, Chevron
Speaker: Ambassador Thomas Pickering, Former U.S. Ambassador and Representative to the United Nations in New York
A CONVERSATION WITH JIM CRANE
Honoree: Jeff Miller, Halliburton
Speaker: Jim Crane, Crane Capital Operations and Owner of the Houston Astros
A CONVERSATION ON GLOBALIZATION & BUSINESS
Honoree & Speaker: Jeffrey R. Immelt, GE
TECHNICAL COLLABORATION IN MEDICINE
Honoree: Dr. Robert C. Robbins, Texas Medical Center
Speaker: Dr. Ellen Ochoa, Johnson Space Center
A CONVERSATION ON ENERGY & NATIONAL SECURITY
Honoree: Ryan M. Lance, ConocoPhillips
Speaker: Richard L. Armitage, Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State
ENERGY AND OUR NATIONAL SECURITY
Honoree: John B. Walker, EnerVest Ltd.
Co-Honoree: Phil DeLozier, EnerVest Ltd.
Speaker: Mary Landrieu, U.S. Senator, Louisiana
AMERICAN DIPLOMACY AND THE CHALLENGES AHEAD
Honoree: James A. Baker III, 61st Secretary of State
Speaker: Christopher Hill, Former Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs and U.S. Ambassador
Honoree: Chad C. Deaton, Baker Hughes Incorporated
Speaker: Dr. Condoleezza Rice
TROUBLES AHEAD: THE MIDDLE EAST AND SOUTH ASIA
Honoree: Mark Papa, EOG Resources, Inc.
Speaker: Frank G. Wisner, Former Ambassador of the United States to Zambia, India, Egypt, and the Philippines
THE FUTURE OF ENERGY
Honoree & Speaker: Rex W. Tillerson, Exxon Mobil Corporation
AMERICAN POWER-SOFT, SMART, EFFECTIVE
Honoree: Doug Foshee, El Paso Corporation
Speaker: Richard Armitage
MY LIFE IN GOVERNMENT
Honoree: Forrest Hoglund, EOG Resources
Speaker: Robert Dole, Former United States Senator
AMERICA’S INTERNATIONAL LEADERSHIP ROLE
Honoree: James C. Day, Noble Corporation
Speaker: David Boren, University of Oklahoma President
LESSONS FROM AMERICA’S PRESIDENTS
Honoree: Joe B. Foster, Newfield Exploration Company
Speaker: Robert Gates, Former Director, Central Intelligence Agency
AMERICAN LEADERSHIP IN AN INTERDEPENDENT WORLD
Honoree: Clarence Cazalot, Jr., Marathon Oil Corporation
Speaker: Mack McLarty, Former White House Chief of Staff
FOREIGN POLICY CHALLENGES IN AN AGE OF TERRORISM
Honoree: Ambassador Roy Huffington
Speaker: William Cohen, Former Secretary of Defence
ENERGY, THE ECONOMY, AND THE GLOBAL TRADING SYSTEM
Honoree & Speaker: Don Evans, Secretary of Commerce
NAVIGATING THROUGH TURBULENCE-THE PROCESS TOWARD PEACE
Honoree: Bill White, former Mayor of Houston, former Deputy Secretary of Energy
Speaker: Former Senator George Mitchell
DEFENSE CHALLENGES OF THE NEXT CENTURY
Honoree: Archie Dunham, Conoco
Speaker: William Cohen, Former Secretary of Defense
THE NEW GEOPOLITICS OF ENERGY
Honoree: Kenneth Lay, Enron
Speaker: Daniel Yergin, Cambridge Energy Research Associates
FOREIGN POLICY IN THE NEW MILLENIUM
Honoree: Don Jordan, Houston Lighting and Power
Speaker: James A. Baker III, 61st Secretary of State
Honoree: Alan Crain, Baker Hughes
Each year, at the Jones Awards’ Benefit, the World Affairs Council of Greater Houston honors an individual who – in the spirit of Jesse H. and Mary Gibbs Jones – has contributed to the international life of our city.
The late Jesse H. Jones (1874-1956) and his wife, Mary Gibbs Jones (1872-1962), two of the most prominent philanthropists in Houston’s history, had a pivotal influence on the Greater Houston community. Among their numerous accomplishments, in 1937, they established Houston Endowment Inc., which eventually became the largest private foundation in Texas.
Jesse Jones was a visionary in his recognition that the city’s future depended on our international engagement. He was also largely responsible for securing the funding for the Houston Ship Channel. He practically built Houston—including hotels, newspapers, banks, and office buildings—and accomplished a great deal in public service. In addition to being personally invited by President Woodrow Wilson to serve as director general of the American Red Cross in World War I, Mr. Jones served as chairman of the Reconstruction Finance Corporation in 1932 and as Secretary of Commerce in 1940. His astounding service at that time ensured that no banks failed in Houston during the Great Depression.
After Mr. Jones’s death, his wife, Mary Jones, carried on their joint efforts to invest in Houston’s education. By 1956, the scholarships they established helped more than 4,000 students attend some 57 colleges and universities. Mary Jones was also a great supporter of the performing arts; in her desire to enrich the cultural life of the city, she brought opera to Houston’s radio for the public to enjoy. Among Mrs. Jones’s other accomplishments are her efforts towards helping First Lady Mamie Eisenhower support military widows and her contributions as a member of the Houston Endowment Board. Those contributions led to the establishment of the Mary Gibbs Jones College at Rice University, which allowed women to live on campus for the first time.
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