Golden Gavel Award
Toastmasters’ most prestigious award, the Golden Gavel, has been presented annually since 1959 to an individual distinguished in the fields of communication and leadership. The illustrious list of Golden Gavel honorees includes Dr. Joyce Brothers, Walter Cronkite, Stephen Covey, Anthony (Tony) Robbins, Debbi Fields Rose, Muhammad Yunus, and Zig Ziglar.
Past Golden Gavel Award RecipientsBack to Top
Year Recipient Industry 2022 Shirley Davis, PhD Global workforce expert, leadership coach, executive, author 2021 Liza Pavlakos Communication expert 2020 Julian Treasure Entrepreneur, philanthropist, speaker 2019 Jia Jiang Owner of Rejection Therapy, CEO of Wuju Learning 2018 Keith Ferrazzi Speaker, consultant, entrepreneur, author 2017 Erin Gruwell Teacher 2016 Tony Buzan Author 2015 Muhammad Yunus Nobel Laureate, economics professor, humanitarian 2014 Rohana Rozhan Business leader 2013 Susan Cain Leadership expert, author 2012 John C. Maxwell Leadership expert, author 2011 Robin Sharma Leadership expert, author 2010 Carolyn Kepcher Author, media personality, business leader 2009 Bruce Tulgan Author; founder and chairman, RainmakerThinking 2008 Pamela Wallin Canadian journalist, media personality 2007 Barbara De Angelis Radio personality, author 2006 Jim Kouzes Leadership expert, author, speaker 2005 Marcus Buckingham Leadership expert, author, speaker 2004 Dr. Stephen Covey Author; co-founder, Franklin Covey Company 2003 Debbie Fields Rose Author; founder, Mrs. Fields Cookies 2002 Dr. Richard Lederer Author, communication and leadership expert 2001 Jim Cathcart Author, speaker, human-development expert 2000 Nido Qubein Speaker, consultant, entrepreneur 1999 Zig Ziglar Speaker, author 1998 Jeanne Robertson Speaker, humorist 1997 Dr. Deepak Chopra Author, speaker 1996 Dr. LeRoy Walker President, U.S. Olympic Committee 1995 Tony Robbins Author, seminar leader 1994 Les Brown Motivational speaker 1993 Peter Legge Speaker, publisher 1992 Dr. Kenneth H. Blanchard Author, management expert 1991 Bill Gove Professional speaker, seminar leader 1990 Tom Peters Author, management expert 1989 Joel H. Weldon Professional speaker, seminar leader 1988 Grace M. Hopper Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy Reserve (retired); computer pioneer 1987 Dr. Wayne Dyer Psychologist, author, speaker 1986 Art Linkletter Author, speaker, TV personality 1985 Marva Collins Educator 1984 Dr. Charles W. Jarvis Humorist, lecturer 1983 Mark Russell Humorist, writer, lecturer 1982 Dr. Joyce Brothers Psychologist, author, speaker 1981 James L. Hayes Management expert, speaker 1980 Dr. Kenneth McFarland Philanthropist, lecturer, author 1979 Bob Richards Motivational speaker, Olympic champion 1978 Dr. Robert H. Schuller Theologian, author, lecturer 1977 Gordon Sinclair Newsman, broadcaster, author 1976 Earl Nightingale Broadcaster, author 1975 John W. Warner Administrator, American Revolution Bicentennial Administration 1974 Bobby Richardson Speaker, athletic coach 1973 Dr. S.I. Hayakawa Author, lecturer 1972 Cavett Robert Author, lecturer 1971 Wallace Jamie Director of International Public Relations, Carnation Company 1969 Walter Cronkite Newsman, journalist 1968 Greer Garson Stage, screen and television personality 1967 John W. Fisher Commissioner and Chairman of the Board, Canadian Centennial Commission 1966 Eugene J. McNeeley Former President, AT&T 1965 Robert Moses City planner and president, New York World's Fair 1964-65 1964 Lowell Thomas Writer, commentator, lecturer 1963 Dr. Ralph C. Smedley Founder, Toastmasters International 1962 Reed Harris Executive Assistant to the Director, U.S. Information Agency 1961 Eric Johnston President, Motion Picture Association of America 1960 Joseph N. Welch Boston attorney 1959 Dr. Frank C. Baxter Professor Emeritus, USC; television personality