Dare to Overcome

Global Business and Peace Symposium & Awards

Dare to Overcome is an annual global business and peace symposium at which the marque event is the presentation of the prestigious Global Business & Interfaith Peace Awards. (This is a professional business event, NOT a religious event.)

It will be held from 24-26 September 2023 at the Taj Palace Hotel in New Delhi.


The purpose of the Global Awards is to shine a light on the good work of top business leaders from around the world who are building peace and prosperity and overcoming differences that artificially divide by fostering allyship among diverse communities in their workplaces, marketplaces and societies. 

The Dare to Overcome global business and peace symposium provides a venue for these champions and major corporations to inspire and share best practices.

Example of Award Winners

Previous Award winners include CEOs from corporations in more than 30 countries and includes leaders of Fortune 100 companies such as the Intel Corporation, Tyson Foods, American Airlines (the world’s largest carrier), in addition to CEOs of regional enterprises such as the CEO of the Future Group, the largest oil, gas and water pipe manufacturer in the Middle East.

To give an example of the Awards, Intel Corporation’s CEO Pat Gelsinger and EVP Sandra Rivera received the 2021 Global Business & Interfaith Peace Gold Medal for their work in making Intel’s workplaces worldwide inclusive and welcoming for people of all faiths and beliefs.

Due to covid, they were not able to receive their gold medals in person, but only in a virtual ceremony broadcasted on 24 August 2021 from Tokyo, Japan, and Washington, DC. Then on 21 March 2022, two vice presidents from Intel India received the medals on their behalf: Anita Vijaykrishnan, VP / GM Enterprise Operations, and Sumedha Limaye, Vice President of Engineering, Xeon & Networking. See Pat’s and Sandra’s acceptance speeches and more information here.

History (see history section for more)

The Awards began as an outgrowth  of former United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s Business for Peace platform within the UN Global Compact (UNGC). The UNGC collaborated with renowned scholar Dr. Brian Grim, Global Chair of Dare to Overcome, to set up the Awards which were presented in tandem with the Paralympic Games at Dare to Overcome in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 (supported by former Brazilian President Michel Temer), Seoul in 2018 (supported by Ban Ki-moon), Tokyo in 2021 (supported by former Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama), and Washington DC in 2022 because the next Paralympic host, Beijing, was not only closed off due to the pandemic but also not open to such a celebration.

The Future

Therefore, Dare to Overcome 2023 will be held India, a country that epitomizes the ideals of the Awards. India not only has CEOs who manage diverse workforces successfully, but India also has the world’s most diverse and youthful workforce, making India the future of free markets and enterprise in a diverse and globalized world. In fact, the hope is that India will become the permanent location for this annual event, which will honor six local CEOs and six international CEOs each year in different categories (core business, philanthropy and advocacy). 

The Chair

The Global Chairman of Dare to Overcome is Brian Grim, Ph.D., the world’s leading expert on the intersection of spirituality and business. Dr. Grim has lived and worked globally since 1982, including in India, China, the former Soviet Union, the Middle East, and Europe. Dr. Brian Grim was previously chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Council on the Role of Faith, a Davos speaker, and is Founding President of the highly respected Religious Freedom & Business Foundation, a secular (not religious) non-profit organization that works with the Fortune 500 to include faith and belief as part of the diversity initiatives.

Dare to Overcome Anthem (Tokyo 2021)