“Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, these ripples build a current that can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”
– Robert F. Kennedy, 1966


We are excited to honor the following awardees who truly embrace the legacy of Senator Robert F. Kennedy and work tirelessly to better the lives of children and their families.

Each honoree is dedicated to making positive impacts on the lives of some of the most vulnerable members of the population by raising awareness, fighting against social injustices, and advocating for those who don’t have a voice.

Please join us in congratulating the 2017 Embracing the Legacy honorees:


Bill Lyttle

President, Key Program, Inc.

For the last 45 years, William Lyttle has devoted his career to seeking social justice for adolescents involved with the Massachusetts and Rhode Island child welfare, juvenile justice and mental health systems.  Bill began his career in 1972 as a residential counselor and ultimately advanced to the President/CEO of the Key Program, Inc. (Key) in 1979, a leadership position he continues to hold today.  Under Bill’s leadership, Key has grown into a multi-state organization serving over 700 youth and families each day.  Its services include in-home, placement and behavioral health services.

Bill has long believed that his responsibility to social justice goes well beyond Key.  He has served in many roles such as Chairperson and board member of various organizations such as the Massachusetts Providers Council, Massachusetts Citizens For Juvenile Justice, the Children’s League of Massachusetts, and the Rhode Island Coalition for Children and Families.  Bill’s leadership in these organizations has helped to lead to significant changes to public policy positively impacting youth and families.


Susan L. Taylor

Founder and CEO, National CARES Mentoring Movement

Editor-In-Chief Emeritus, Essence Magazine

Susan L. Taylor, best-selling author of four books, and editor of eight others, is a fourth-generation entrepreneur, who grew up in Harlem working in her father’s clothing store. At 24, she founded her own cosmetics company, which led to the beauty editor’s position at Essence, the publication she would go on to shape into a world-renown brand with more than 8 million readers. It was that enterprising spirit wedded to a deep love for her community that led to the founding of the National CARES Mentoring Movement in 2005 as Essence CARES. With local affiliates in 58 cities, National CARES has recruited, trained and deployed more than 140,000 mentors to schools and youth-support and mentoring organizations like Big Brothers, Big Sisters, as well as in its own culturally rooted, academic and social transformational initiatives. A community-mobilization movement, National CARES is the only organization dedicated to providing mentoring, healing and wellness services on a national scale for Black children.

A lifelong activist who has worked to ensure people across the globe, from South Africa to those who struggled in the wake of Katrina, Susan says, securing our children is her highest calling and the big business of Black America today.


Donato Tramuto

Chief Executive Officer, Tivity Health, Inc.

President and Founder, Health eVillages

Donato J. Tramuto is the CEO of Tivity Health, Inc. (formerly Healthways, NASDAQ: TVTY), a leading provider of fitness and health improvement programs, with strong capabilities in developing and managing network solutions.  He is the founder and former CEO of Physicians Interactive Holdings (now Aptus Health).

Donato’s philanthropic work includes Health eVillages, which he founded in 2011 to improve healthcare in challenging clinical environments, and the Tramuto Foundation, which helps individuals and organizations achieve their education and healthcare goals.  He has been recognized nationally for his commitment to social change.

Donato is the author of Life’s Bulldozer Moments:  How Adversity Leads to Success in Life and Business, a Hamilton Press publication.