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.