Brett A. August, Co-Chair of the Paris Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International (CSCI), was awarded the Third Annual Chicago Sister Cities International Volunteer of the Year Award. Brett was selected by CSCI for his work over the past year, including leading the ten-day 20th anniversary celebration of the Chicago-Paris sister city relationship in October 2016. He has shown leadership, talent, passion, enthusiasm and tenacity in promoting the work of CSCI locally and abroad.
The award recognizes a CSCI volunteer committee member who has played an important role in furthering CSCI’s mission to promote Chicago as a global city, developing international partnerships and networks, and sharing best practices through citizen-to-citizen connections.
“As Co-Chair of the Paris Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International, Brett August has worked tirelessly to promote the sister city relationship between Chicago and Paris,” said Samuel C. Scott III, Chairman of Chicago Sister Cities International. “In 2016, Brett led the Paris Committee through 16 events in 10 days to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Chicago-Paris sister city relationship. We are proud to present him with the 2016 Chicago Sister Cities International Volunteer of the Year Award.”
The CSCI Volunteer of the Year Award was presented at the 2016 Chicago Consular Corps Gala: A Tribute to Our Global Partners on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at the Hilton Chicago (720 S. Michigan Avenue).
In addition to honoring Brett August, three other awards were presented at the gala: the Global Citizen Award to Patricia A. Woertz; the Corporate Ambassador Award to GE; and the ChicagoNEXT Award to Microsoft.
The gala’s international guest list included members of the 86 foreign and honorary consulates in Chicago and leaders in Chicago’s business, civic and cultural communities. The proceeds from the event support the work of Chicago Sister Cities International and World Business Chicago, and fund Chicago Consular Corps scholarships to the University of Illinois at Chicago.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Ms. Amy Rule, and Consul General Patricia Maza-Pittsford and Mr. Philip Pittsford served as Honorary Chairs of the Gala.
Co-hosts of the gala were Greg Brown, Motorola Solutions; Oscar Munoz, United Airlines; Pin Ni, Wanxiang America Corp; Patrick and Shirley Ryan; Michael J. Sacks, GCM Grosvenor; and Samuel C. Scott III, Chicago Sister Cities International.
Brett A. August has been a member of the Paris Committee of CSCI since 1996 and was appointed Chair in 2005. He has worked tirelessly to grow and strengthen the sister city relationship between Chicago and Paris by enabling the committee to create innovative and impactful programming.
During his tenure in the chair position, the committee has produced numerous business, cultural, education, sports and humanitarian programs for the betterment of the people of both Chicago and Paris. The committee has hosted high-level governmental delegations from Paris and has reciprocated with delegations from Chicago. In 2016, Brett led the committee in programming celebratory activities for the 20th anniversary of the sister city relationship between Chicago and Paris from October 7–16.
The President of France made Brett a French Knight (Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur) in recognition of his tireless volunteer activities as a grass-roots ambassador between Chicago and France. Brett has also been involved in a number of other non-profit organizations, including as a founder and former president of the French-American Chamber of Commerce in Chicago.
Brett is a partner in the law firm of Pattishall McAuliffe, specializing in advising and litigating intellectual property matters. He is a graduate of Yale Law School, the University of Rouen, France and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.