Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Announces First Kabiller Humanitarian Prize Winner

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Shirley Ryan AbilityLab Announces First Kabiller Humanitarian Prize Winner

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Elissa Larkin Conlon, speech-language pathologist and research clinician, is the first recipient of Shirley Ryan AbilityLab’s Kabiller Humanitarian Prize.

Watch the video below, which debuted at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab’s May 30, 2019, Spark! signature event, and see why Elissa was selected for this honor.

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Elissa was nominated by two colleagues — Julie Carpenter, clinical practice leader, speech-language pathologist; and Leora Cherney, PhD, scientific chair, Think + Speak Lab.

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“Elissa is a one-of-a-kind clinician and a one-of-a-kind human,” wrote Julie. “Her approach to others is to connect deeply and explore common ground.”

“Elissa truly believes in the mission of the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, all the while showing her empathy and compassion, and going the extra mile,” wrote Dr. Cherney.

About the Kabiller Humanitarian Prize

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The Kabiller Humanitarian Prize — created in honor of David G. Kabiller, co-founder of AQR Capital Management, a leading global investment management firm — is conferred upon exceptional Shirley Ryan AbilityLab employees who personify the organization’s uniquely compassionate culture, a critical aspect of providing exceptional patient care.

The award encourages mentorship between veteran and new employees, highlighting the central importance of human connection to the quality of recovery.

As the first winner of the Kabiller Humanitarian Award, Elissa has received a cash prize and funding and protected time for a humanitarian project. Additionally, as Shirley Ryan AbilityLab’s very first Kabiller Fellow, she will be inducted into the Kabiller Humanitarian Society. Over time, as new Kabiller award winners are announced, this society will grow into a special cohort of employees empowered to set and execute humanitarian goals that help advance the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab mission.

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