The Ridgefield Library is pleased to announce its 2020 Hope H. Swenson Visionary Award honorees, Eileen and Jay Walker. The Walkers have been chosen as recipients of the 7th annual Swenson Visionary Award for their embodiment of the Library’s vision and mission in their lives as well as their work and philanthropy benefiting Ridgefield and the larger national and global communities.
The award will be presented to the Walkers at the Library’s annual Great Expectations Gala to be held on the Library premises on Saturday, May 30, 2020. Both Walkers have impressive career résumés. Eileen was a long time executive with IBM in Human Resources, retiring after nearly twenty years to pursue her philanthropic passions while Jay is renowned as one of the most influential inventors and entrepreneurs who have helped fuel the revolution of internet commerce. Jay Walker is a U.S. inventor, entrepreneur and curator of one of the world’s great private libraries. He is probably best known as the founder of Priceline.com and holder of more than 950 issued and pending US and International patents. Jay is the Chairman of ApiJect Systems Corp., the developer of an innovative new compact, prefilled, single-use syringe. He is also the Chairman of Upside, a travel start-up and Chairman of WDTS which utilizes RFID technology in gaming in Asia.