Ryann recently defended her dissertation, "Organizing for Resilience: Mobilization by Sierra Leonean Diaspora Communities in Response to the 2014-2015 Ebola Crisis." One of Ryann's nominators described her as “a leader, scholar, and person of courage who is deeply committed to improving the lives of the least fortunate among us.”
Established in 1997, this annual award celebrates the extraordinary achievements of a graduating student or students who have made a positive impact on Harvard University, Harvard Business School, and/or broader communities. True to the School’s mission of educating leaders who make a difference in the world, each recipient has also contributed to the well-being of society through exceptional acts of leadership. Nominations come from the entire HBS community. A selection committee comprising faculty members, administrators, and students then makes recommendations to the Dean, who makes the final decision.