Announces 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

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WASHINGTON, DC (July 25, 2019) – has chosen Clifton Taulbert to receive the 2019 Sanford N. McDonnell Award for Lifetime Achievement in Character Education, sponsored by Learning for Life.

As a member of’s Education Advisory Council and a sought-after speaker for large stages domestically and internationally, Taulbert is well regarded in both the character education and business worlds for his ongoing work to build caring and productive communities.

Noted speaker, author, and educator Hal Urban wrote in his nomination letter: “Clifton Taulbert is a man of genuine humility with a heart for service to others. He represents all the primary virtues that we hope to instill in our young people. He is a life-enhancer – one who devotes himself to bringing out the best in others.”

Clifton Taulbert is a Pulitzer-nominated author, speaker, and entrepreneur. He has authored several nationally-recognized picture books for children, the widely-acclaimed Eight Habits of the Heart for Educators that serves as a resource text for K-12 educators, and his most recent book, The Invitation, which masterfully proves the importance of community in a child’s development and throughout life. Taulbert has spoken on large stages and in intimate rooms, but wherever he is, his caring warmth emanates to everyone. CEO Doug Karr noted: “Clifton is a role model for all of us navigating our character development journey. His passion for character development in schools and communities as a whole is contagious, and I’m grateful to have him as an advisor.”

Taulbert will receive his award at’s National Character Awards Gala as the kickoff to the 2019 National Forum before an audience that will include leaders and thinkers in education, sports, businesses and families. The 2019 National Forum and Gala will take place in Washington, DC this October.

About the Sandy Award: This annual lifetime achievement award is named in honor of Sanford N. McDonnell, Chairman Emeritus of the McDonnell Douglas Corporation and Founding Chairman and Chairman Emeritus of, formerly called the Character Education Partnership. It is the nonprofit’s highest honor, and the award goes to one individual each year who, over a significant period of time, has been an outstanding role model of good character and has also met one or more of the following criteria:
Strong and widely influential advocacy of quality character education.
Outstanding contributions that have broad impact on any or all of the domains in which character development takes place (school, family, community, and sports)
Being a friend and supporter of character education by mentoring character education leaders or supporting the field philanthropically.

About,, is an international, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization based in Washington, DC. It is a member-based organization led by business and educational leaders who are dedicated to providing voice, visibility, and resources to people committed to the advancement of quality character development in all walks of life.
About Learning for Life:  Learning for Life,, programs help youth develop social and life skills, assist in character development and help youth formulate positive personal values. It prepares youth to make ethical decisions that will help them achieve their full potential. There are two program methods. They have six school-based programs and one worksite based program.