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William Corley

North Hills School District graduates William Corley and Debra Lam were the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients. Corley is a member of the North Hills High School Class of 1960, and Lam is a member of the North Hills High School Class of 1999.

Corley has made a difference in the lives of thousands through his dedication to excellence in the varied fields of education, business, medicine and public service. He recently retired from the Indianapolis Community Health Network where he served as president and chief executive officer for more than 25 years. During that time, he took a single hospital that had been languishing for decades and built the Indianapolis Community Hospital Network, which includes five hospitals, 70 healthcare facilities and 10,000 employees. He was the driving force behind the establishment of Indiana’s first heart hospital, and under his leadership, the hospital network was named one of the Top 10 integrated hospital networks in the nation. He now works with the Institute of Healthcare Improvement, influencing the quality of healthcare around the globe.

Throughout his career, he was honored with the “Sagamore by the Wabash,” award, the highest civilian award in Indiana. Outside of healthcare, he is co-chairman and creator of G.R.A.D.E.S., which seeks to develop partnerships between Indianapolis’ urban schools and the city’s Chamber of Commerce to raise graduation rates and reduce the dropout rate for high school students. Corley holds degrees from the College of William & Mary and Duke University.

Debra Lam

Lam is on the forefront of Pittsburgh’s exciting transformation in sustainability, technology, performance and innovation. In the newly created position of Chief Innovation and Performance Officer under Mayor Bill Peduto, she has created an innovation road map that details problems, solutions, successes and strategies designed to advance our region’s position as a national player. Lam has worked on public policy and urban-planning projects in China, the Philippines, Vietnam, London and New York City. As one of the youngest senior managers at Arup, a global consulting and design firm, she introduced a climate resilience and cities initiative to areas under direct threats from climate change to enhance traditional engineering offerings and thinking.

She also advised companies such as Siemens and Phillips, local governments in Manila and Ho Chi Minh City and international organizations including the United Nations and the World Bank on urban sustainable development. Additionally, she was involved with Arup’s partnership work with C40, a group of 40 of the world’s largest cities committed to tackling climate change. Lam is trilingual speaking both Cantonese and Mandarin. She holds degrees from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and the University of California at Berkeley and has studied climate change and public policy at the University of Cambridge in England.

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