What does it mean to radically innovate on the leading edge of elevating humans in the workplace?

Step into The Shoe

Those who were close to Tony will remember that he pretty much wore the same shoes all the time. Black Asics. Funny for a man who was running a large retail site that got its start with shoes.

So we think it only appropriate that the trophy for the Tony Hsieh Award is molded out of those shoes.


Beyond the trophy, we’ve been working with all of the places that Tony really loved being so that people never stop celebrating Tony and all of the places he loved to be.

Possible activations for winners and applicants include:

Zappos and Downtown Project

Empowering ideas that can changethe organizational world

We are looking for people who are breaking the 4 minute mile in business and organizational design. Submit your application for The Tony Hsieh Award and gain access to upcoming opportunities.

"The best businesses are really ones that can combine passion, profits, and purpose."

-Tony Hsieh

We will support these in person events with opportunities for on-line community engagement. The digital content will provide a powerful source of inspiration and data for anyone who is a student of this space. 


We believe that a “winner” will be selected for their significant advancement and bold innovation which those of us reading and witnessing can be inspired by and implement within their own organization.  While we will acknowledge winners, the real winners will be those of us who will read the submissions and be inspired and able to continually learn something from the entire pool of applicants.  In a small way, it will be like we are able to sit down again with Tony over a glass of Fernet (his favorite drink) and learn from his curiosity, heart, genius and audacity. 

We are looking for people who are breaking the 4 minute mile in business and organizational design.

"Our philosophy is about delivering happiness to our customers and employees."

-Tony Hsieh



Is the nominee pushing the status quo? Adapting to change in ways that others haven’t?


Is the nominee running the proverbial 4 minute mile in a way that others can learn, improve upon, and replicate?

Did the nominee create a solution allowing for teams to understand their responsibilities & make changes where deemed necessary?  Is there freedom in how responsibilities will be met?

Proof of Better Outcomes

Tony was a proponent of learning by doing, has the nominee been “doing” instead of theorizing? Is there evidence of proven outcomes?

Deliver WOW!

Is the nominee marching to their own drum and surprising people on a regular basis? Are they delivering their own form of Wow!?!



Alfred Lin
Greenlight Giving Foundation & Keith Ferrazzi
Fred Mossler
World 50 Organization & David Wilkie
David Stephenson
Jonathan Mildenhal


World 50
Delivering Happiness
Near Future


Keith Ferrazzi
Michelle van Ruyven - (Executive Director)
Patrick Natili


Michelle D’Attilio - Sōsh, LLC
Jenn Lim - Delivering Happiness
Amanda Slavin - CatalystCreativ
Kedar Deshpande - Zappos
Tyler Williams - Zappos
People's TV
Emily Jillette
More contributors to be announced.