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Leonard Schaeffer, the founding chairman and CEO of WellPoint (now Anthem), is a longstanding RAND trustee and member of the RAND Health Advisory Board. He made a generous gift to endow RAND's employee recognition awards. The top two awards are now known as “Leonard Schaeffer Medals” in his honor. Watch this video to learn more about Leonard's passion for honoring excellence at RAND »
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Newt Minow is an attorney and former Chair of the FCC known for his speech referring to television as a “vast wasteland.” He came to RAND in the early 1960s looking for help with what would become one of his signature accomplishments, the development of communications satellites.
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