Productive Lives Awards

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The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation proudly recognizes remarkable human beings who have devoted their energy and formidable talents within their respective professions to help those living with mental illness realize their potential and live full, productive lives.


Rodolpho Cardenuto, President of SAP Americas, the largest sales region of the world’s leading enterprise applications software company, is being honored in recognition of the company’s forward-thinking program to hire people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who “think differently and spark innovation.” SAP has launched a campaign to recruit and train people with ASD as programmers and product testers, drawing on skills that are often well developed such as close attention to detail and an ability to solve complex problems. The goal is to fill 1 per cent of the company’s 64,000 positions with such recruits by the year 2020, matching the percentage of people with ASD in the general population. Read an article from The Wall Street Journal about SAP and this innovative program.

Bruce Cohen, a film, television and theater producer, is being honored with a Productive Lives Award for his role in producing the 2012 film “Silver Linings Playbook,” nominated for eight Oscars, that directly addresses the challenges of living with mental illness. Mr. Cohen’s career has been distinguished by commercially successful productions that often address serious, even controversial social issues. In 1999 he won the Best Picture Oscar for producing “American Beauty” and he more recently produced the film “Milk,” nominated for Best Picture Oscar in 2008 that told the story of Harvey Milk, the first openly gay person to be elected to public office, who was assassinated in 1978.

View our 2013 Annual Awards Dinner Journal.


Past recipients of the Productive Lives Awards include:

The Honorable Judge Steven Leifman - Video - Acceptance Speech
Alice Medalia, Ph.D. - Video - Acceptance Speech

View our 2012 Annual Awards Dinner Journal

Fountain House

View our 2011 Annual Awards Dinner Journal

Kay Redfield Jamison, Ph.D. - Acceptance Speech - Read More
Elyn R. Saks, Esq., Ph.D. - Acceptance Speech - Read More
Andrew Solomon - Acceptance Speech - Read More

View our 2010 Annual Awards Dinner Journal

J. Randolph Lewis, Senior Vice President, Walgreen Co.