Academy of Achievement

The Academy of Achievement, officially known as the American Academy of Achievement, was founded in 1961 by Sports Illustrated and LIFE magazine photographer Brian Reynolds to bring together accomplished people from diverse fields in order to network and to encourage the next generation of young leaders.[1][2]

The first event hosted by the Academy was a "Banquet of the Golden Plate" on September 9, 1961, in Monterey, California,[3] which was named after the hotel's "gold plate service" that was only used for special occasions. The Golden Plate is awarded for an individual's contributions to science, the arts, public service, sports and industry.[3][2] The first honorees were chosen by a national board of governors.[3][2]

In 1985, Reynold's son, Wayne, and his son's wife, Catherine B. Reynolds took over the leadership.[1][4][5] In the 1990s, Reynolds moved the organization from Malibu, California, to Washington, D.C.[6]

In 2007 the Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation donated $9 million.[6][4][7][8]

On October 27, 2012, the Banquet of the Golden Plate celebrated its 50th anniversary in Washington D.C.[9]

The Academy also hosts the International Achievement Summit each year, attended by graduate students from the U.S. and overseas. The summits were originally attended by high school students chosen based on their academic achievement and extracurricular activities.[10][11] With time the event evolving into a gathering of speakers and panelists which the Wall Street Journal called "perhaps the glitziest gathering of intellect and celebrity that no one has ever heard of."[12]

Academy of Achievement
Logo of the Academy of Achievement
TypeNon-profit organization
HeadquartersWashington, D.C., USA
Chairman & CEO
Wayne R. Reynolds
Vice Chairman
Catherine B. Reynolds


  1. ^ a b O'Connor, Anahad (June 7, 2005). "Obituary: Hy Peskin, 89, Photographer; Sharp Pictures, Sharp Angles". New York Times. Retrieved August 6, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c "Banquet Will Honor 50 for Achievements". The Milwaukee Sentinel. September 7, 1961. Retrieved December 14, 2011.
  3. ^ a b c "Dazzling Decorations, Fine Food: Golden Plate Planned for 1962: First Annual Event Wins High Praise". Monterey Peninsula Herald. September 11, 1961.
  4. ^ a b Schudel, Matt (June 5, 2005). "Brian Blaine Reynolds, Also Known as Hy Peskin, Dies; Accomplished Sports Photographer Founded Academy of Achievement". Washington Post. Retrieved August 6, 2015.
  5. ^ "Record Gift for Kennedy Center; Businesswoman Gives $100 Million To Building Fund". 2002-12-07. Archived from the original on 2015-09-24.
  6. ^ a b Montgomery, David (April 4, 2009). "D.C. philanthropists Catherine and Wayne Reynolds pledge millions". Washington Post. Retrieved August 6, 2015.
  7. ^ Boyle, Katherine (March 29, 2013). "Wayne Reynolds makes a lavish push for a bold plan for the Corcoran". The Washington Post.
  8. ^ Paley, Amit R.; Strauss, Valerie (July 16, 2007). "Student Loan Nonprofit a Boon for CEO". The Washington Post. Retrieved November 20, 2011.
  9. ^ "'Achievement summit' brings intellectual rebels together in D.C."
  10. ^ Burget Bailey, Annette (May 31, 1999). "LEADERS GETS `SALUTE' FOR EXCELLENCE". LA Daily News.
  11. ^ "You Have a Dream; Achievement Summiteers Bask in The Past and Presence of Greatness". 2003-05-04. Archived from the original on 2015-09-24.
  12. ^ Journal, Rachel Emma Silverman Staff Reporter of The Wall Street. "The Glitziest Gathering Nobody Knows: Academy Honors Students and Celebrities". WSJ. Retrieved 2017-10-02.

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