Dare to Overcome

Global Business and Peace Awards & Symposium

Dare to Overcome’s overarching objective is to build allyship among diverse communities in the workplace and marketplace. Why? It’s good for business, the economy and society!

American Airlines is the global partner and official airline of Dare to Overcome (DTO), with the shared mission of caring for people along life’s journey.

Many other top corporations have been involved, including Google, Intel, Salesforce, Walmart, American Express, EY, Hyundai Group, Accenture, SAP, and CVS Health.

In addition to American Airlines, other corporate partners through the years include Ford, Tyson Foods, Dell, Texas Instruments, PayPal, Equinix, and Kathy Ireland Worldwide.

DTO’s mission is to shine a light on business successes in promoting mutual respect and allyship among diverse communities. Awards are given each year to CEOs and companies building peace through interfaith and intercultural understanding in their workplaces and communities.

DTO 2022 will be in Washington, DC, where the 2022 Global Corporate Champion of Interfaith Understanding and Peace Award will be given along with recognition of the 2021 Global Business & Interfaith Peace Award winners who could not gather in 2021 due to covid.

DTO 2023 will be in India, held in tandem with the G20 Meeting, which India will host.

India’s rich cultural and religious diversity is a tremendous business asset to the country, making it an ideal location not only for DTO 2023, but also for DTO’s future meetings in 2024 and beyond!

For example, see below how India’s Cobra Legal represents just the tip of the iceberg of the depth of India’s companies’ commitment to building bridges of trust and community in workplaces across the country!


Dare to Overcome (DTO) Virtual Choir premiered in Tokyo on August 24, 2021, featuring American Airlines and multiple Fortune 500 companies, and included 200 participants, 11 soloists, 16 groups, dozens of countries ranging from India and France, to the US and Japan!

Kyoji Ohno, President of Hybridmusic, composed the anthem for Dare to Overcome – Lyrics by Kyoji Ohno & Brian Grim.


American Airlines is the global partner and official airline of Dare to Overcome, with the shared mission of caring about people along life’s journey.

Previous Dare to Overcome (DTO) symposia and awards were held in Rio (2016), Seoul (2018), and Tokyo (2021). Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger was among those accepting the awards in 2021.

2021 Program

DTO 2022 will be held in Washington DC in partnership with the Busch School of Business, May 23-25, 2022. DTO moves onwards to India in 2023 and will be held on the margins of the G20.

The Awards began after H.E. Ban Ki-moon established the Business for Peace platform in 2013 within the UN Global Compact, the world’s largest corporate member organization committed to the Sustainable Development Goals, which notably include SGD 16 (Peace) “Promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, providing access to justice for all and building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.”

The Rio 2016 Awards were held in partnership with the City of Rio and with the support numerous United Nations agencies, business associations and civil society organizations. In 2016, H.E. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations, helped us launch the Global Awards in Rio at the Paralympics.

The 2018 Awards were held in Seoul and PyeongChang, South Korea, in partnership with the United Nations Global Compact, at the start of the Winter Paralympic Games with the collaboration of the United Nations, the Seoul City Government, the Korean Parliament, numerous businesses and civil society organizations. H.E. Ban Ki-moon, former UN Secretary General, gave the keynote at the 2018 event.

The Tokyo awards were held in person for those in Japan and virtually for most of the participants due to pandemic travel limitations.

DTO Global Chair

Dr. Brian Grim, Ph.D., is the Global Chair of Dare to Overcome. Below you can meet Dr. Grim and hear about the work he does to shine a light on the positive social impact of the world’s best and most innovative companies.

Dr. Grim shares his passion for shining a light on the social good the corporations do.
On October 4, 2021, Dr. Brian Grim addressed an estimated 17,000 participants at the virtual 7th World Parliament of Science, Religion and Philosophy, in Pune, India, on the connection of these three realms in some for the world’s biggest and best technology companies.