Congratulations! Community Shares of Wisconsin (CSW) recognized Mark Richardson, President at Unfinished Business, CEO at GigBlender, and Sustain Dane board member, with the 2020 Liesel Blockstein Community Leadership Award. Joie Zhang, Architectural Associate at Flad Architects and Sustain Dane intern, received a CSW Backyard Hero Award.

In accepting his award, Mark thanked the people who impacted his career thus far and left the audience with a call to action to support and inspire others in their careers. “These are all the people who gave me a chance to lead, gave me an opportunity to impact a company or a community or an organization. Without those people I wouldn’t be in front of you tonight. And I wonder if somebody else were to list the names of who impacted their career, if your name would be on that list,” said Mark. Joie was recognized for her passion to bring together the Sustain Dane network for group volunteer programs that give back to the community. 

Dee Sweet from Wisconsin Conservation Voices, Marcia Caton Campbell from Rooted, and all of the 24 Backyard Heroes also received awards for their impactful work. Watch the full ceremony here.