Biography of Dr. Sharma
Narendra P. Sharma, PhD
Chair, Board of Directors
Hilton Head, SC – Encore.org today announced that Narendra P. Sharma, from Hilton Head Island, SC, is a 2013 Purpose Prize fellow. The Purpose Prize is the country’s only large-scale investment in social entrepreneurs and other creative problem solvers in the second half of life.
Sharma was named a fellow because of his “out of the box” approach to tackling poverty locally. His bottom-up approach of connecting with and empowering people in low-income neighborhoods through education and health care is generating results, especially among children who are making strides academically.
“Purpose Prize fellows are using their passion and experience to help solve some of society’s toughest problems,” said Marc Freedman, founder and CEO of Encore.org and author of The Big Shift. “They represent a growing wave of people in their 60s and beyond who are using their know-how to change the world, while shifting perceptions of what is possible in this stage of life.”
The Purpose Prize program is funded by the John Templeton Foundation, The Atlantic Philanthropies, and Symetra. The Prize is awarded by Encore.org, a nonprofit that promotes encore careers – work that is both personally meaningful and serves the greater good.
Sharma says, “This is an honor for the Neighborhood Outreach Connection (NOC) and the individuals who are involved in making a difference in the lives of many people who have previously lacked opportunities to move ahead.”
A panel of 21 judges – leaders in business, politics, journalism, and the nonprofit sector – chose the seven winners from a pool of more than 1,000 nominees. This year’s 43 fellows are finalists for The Prize. An awards ceremony will be held in December in San Francisco.
For more information about The Purpose Prize, visit: www.encore.org/prize.
About Encore.org (www.encore.org)
Encore.org is a nonprofit organization building a movement to make it easier for m millions of people to pursue “encore careers” – second acts for the greater good. The Purpose Prize, funded by the John Templeton Foundation, The Atlantic Philanthropies, and Symetra, is a program of Encore.org.
About Neighborhood Outreach Connection (www.neighborhoodoc.wpengine.com)
The mission of the Neighborhood Outreach Connection (NOC) is to help people who are vulnerable and in need. NOC brings assistance directly to people where they live and empowers them through education and health care programs within their neighborhoods.