United for the Future: Tocqueville. Tomorrow. Together.

New York City, New York


November 6-8, 2019

 
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SPEAKERS

The inaugural United for the Future: Tocqueville. Tomorrow. Together. event will feature speakers and issue experts that are innovative and create an atmosphere for further learning on how to build strong and vibrant communities. Check back often for updates to the speaker line-up.

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Brian Gallagher [More Info]
President & CEO
United Way Worldwide
Brian Gallagher joined United Way in 1981 as a management trainee. As someone with deep faith in the power of communities, he has made driving community change a focus for United Way throughout his career. Community change brings people together to create more opportunities for all, and it has been adopted in more than 40 countries and territories worldwide. Brian has also elevated brand stewardship to the highest priority. In 2008, United Way launched the LIVE UNITED campaign to engage communities in a more inclusive strategic effort. Working with United Way staff, volunteers, partners, and stakeholders, Gallagher managed the merger of United Way of America and United Way International to create United Way Worldwide in 2009. He also spearheaded the shift to an impact organization, facilitated the implementation of an enterprise-wide strategy and developed numerous working groups designed to innovate and align across United Way’s network.
 
Dr. John Izzo [More Info]
Author
The Purpose Revolution
Dr. John Izzo has been a pioneer on creating successful businesses and emerging work trends for over twenty-five years. Izzo was a pioneer on employee engagement and social responsibility with his book Awakening Corporate Soul (1994), a trail blazer on shifting generational values when he wrote Values Shift-The New Work Ethic (2000), showed how individuals shape the future with Stepping Up (2014) and now is blazing a new trail showing business why a rising class of people worldwide will shape the economy of the future with his forthcoming book The Purpose Revolution. This rising class is not one of nationality, income, race or gender but one that aspires to have a good life while doing good.
 
Cary McClelland [More Info]
Writer, Filmmaker, Lawyer, and Human Rights Advocate
Cary McClelland is an award-winning writer, filmmaker, lawyer, and human rights advocate whose work has taken him around the world to document and bring to life stories of people persisting in turbulent times. In his newly released book, Silicon City: San Francisco in the Long Shadow of the Valley, Cary turns his lens home to create a portrait of a city transformed by the tech industry. The book explores the challenges posed by the new american economy, serves as a clarion call for action on behalf of those underserved and displaced, and is perhaps a story of hope that so many are working to address their common challenges. Cary holds a B.A. from Harvard University, a Masters in International Affairs from Columbia University, and a J.D. from Stanford Law School.
 
Jes Averhart [More Info]
Executive Director
Leadership Triangle
Jes Averhart is the CoFounder and CEO of CulTrue, a company created to revolutionize organizational cultures across the globe. CulTrue aims to help companies optimize talent by using analytics and cultural insights that measure employee fulfillment and their impact on business performance. Jes also leads Leadership Triangle with the express purpose of building leadership capacity within the public and private sector. Prior to her work with CulTrue, she served as the Executive Director of Leadership Triangle and Director of Corporate Partnerships for Capitol Broadcasting, managing the partnership relationships for Google for Startups, Google Fiber, Wells Fargo, Fidelity Labs, Lincoln Financial, Audi, Lenovo, Duke I&E, CFCU, RTP, BCBSNC and others.
Early in her career, Jes founded a boutique event production company specializing in providing professional event management services for organizations such as the Cincinnati Bengals & Cleveland Browns (NFL), Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA), The Procter & Gamble Company, Pepsi Cola North America, as well as the growing number of companies based in RTP
She serves as a William Peace University Board Trustee and is active on the Boards of Prevent Child Abuse NC (Immediate Past Chair), United Way of the Triangle (Vice Chair), NCCU Board of Visitors, Downtown Durham Inc., and the Carolina Theatre.
Originally from Evansport, Ohio, Jes worked on her grandparent’s farm while learning the ropes in the family's real estate and appraisal business. She was the first to accept a corporate role after college as a financial analyst with General Electric; but it didn't take long before she started her own company, making her a 4th generation entrepreneur.
Jes moved to North Carolina 14 years ago and devotes much of her spare time to the community, cheering for The Ohio State Buckeyes and globe-trotting. Without question, her greatest gift is her seventeen year-old son Tre' who brings her joy & keeps all things in perspective!
 
Christine Benero [More Info]
President & CEO
Mile High United Way
Christine Benero is President and Chief Executive Officer of Mile High United Way, the first United Way in the country. For over 130 years, Mile High United Way has worked to advance the common good and believes all children, individuals and families should have the opportunity for success. Last year, Mile High United Way proudly invested over $30 million in the Denver metro area.

Christine is the former Chief Executive Officer of the American Red Cross Mile High Chapter, in Denver, Colorado. Prior to joining the American Red Cross, Christine was the Director of the Office of Public Liaison for the Corporation for National and Community Service in Washington, DC. She served in two Presidential administrations working for both Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. Christine has served as Vice President of the National Civic League, and as a Community Affairs Corporate Program Officer for Target Stores in Minneapolis, MN.

Christine serves on the Boards of HealthONE, National Domestic Violence Hotline, Denver Public Schools Foundation and Executives Partnering to Invest in Children. In 2017, she was appointed by Denver Mayor Michael Hancock to the Denver Education Compact Board. Christine was named the 9News Leader of the Year in 2007 and in 2009 was named by both the Rocky Mountain News and the Denver Post as one of “Nine to Watch in 2009.” In 2010 she was named a “Woman of Distinction” by the Girl Scouts of Colorado and in 2011 received the “Las Madrinas” award from Centro San Juan Diego. In 2012, Christine was honored nationally by Girl Scouts of America as one of “One Hundred Distinguished Alumni” in honor of Girl Scouts 100th birthday. In 2013, she was named one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Denver by the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce and presented with the Urban League’s “McKinley Harris Distinguished Warrior” award. In 2016 Christine was named one of the Denver Business Journal’s Outstanding Women in Business and in 2017 received the Colorado Governors’ Citizenship Medal for Public and Community Service by Governor John Hickenlooper. The Colorado Governors’ Citizenship Medal is one of the highest honors bestowed upon citizens and organizations of Colorado for their meritorious contributions to the strength and vitality of the state. Most recently, was named a 2019 Most Admired CEO by the Denver Business Journal.

Christine is a past President of the Association of Junior Leagues International, a past chairman of the Women’s Foundation of Colorado, Coalition for America’s Children and the Kiwanis International’s Young Children: Priority One Advisory Board. She was a delegate both to the Presidents’ Summit for America’s Future in 1997 and to the NGO Forum at the UN Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995.

Christine holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education from Boston University, a Masters in Education from Harvard University, Graduate School of Education and was selected as a 2007 Gates Fellow for the Senior Executive Program at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.
 
Christina Brown [More Info]
President
Owsley Brown II Family Foundation
Christina (Christy) Brown, proud mother of three and grandmother of nine, has lived in Louisville, Kentucky since 1968. A passionate believer in the potential of diverse faith communities to effect positive change by working together, she co-founded the Center for Interfaith Relations in 1985 and then launched the first US Festival of Faiths in 1994, now in its 24th year. She is also a long-term International Trustee of Religions for Peace, the global interfaith organization. In 2012, Christy founded The Institute for Healthy Air, Water and Soil to promote an interconnected vision of health incorporating citizen science and advocacy. That vision expanded broadly in 2018 through a partnership with the University of Louisville to form the Envirome Institute. The Institute researches the effects of the environment on health, promotes holistic scholarship, and bridges academic research with community engagement, transforming the city of Louisville into an urban laboratory. Guided by the Circle of Harmony and Health, a tool she developed, Brown’s philanthropy promotes responsible decision making “through the Lens of Health.” The circle reveals interrelationships among environmental and human health, and the need to bring all forms of social and individual health into balance. She currently serves on the boards of the Sustainable Food Trust in England, The Berry Center, The Center for Interfaith Relations, The Louisville Orchestra and The National Trust for Historic Preservation.
 
John W. Daniels [More Info]
Chairman Emeritus
Quarles & Brady LLP

John W. Daniels Jr. is not only a national real estate and business expert with an enviable client list of national corporate household names, he is chairman emeritus of Quarles & Brady, a strategic business advisor to many of the firm’s largest clients, a recurrently honored champion of diversity and inclusion, a much sought-after thought leader on multiple topics, a widely recognized pillar of the community, an active agent of organizational and civic change, and a crusader for high-quality education and access to it. He grew the firm impressively during the worst economy since the Great Depression, expanding its ranks of attorneys and adding new locations and national practice specialties in spite of the downturn, fundamentally transforming Quarles from its traditional legal industry structure to a model of a 21st-century professional services business.

Formerly the national president of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, John has established a remarkable career in the practice of real estate law, representing national, regional, local, and governmental owners and investors, and playing a significant role in some of the most complex real estate redevelopment projects in the United States. For his legal accomplishments, he has been called one of “the 50 most influential diverse attorneys in America” by the National Bar Association and one of “100 Managing Partners You Need to Know” by Lawdragon, among myriad other acknowledgements of his leadership and influence. He has been honored not only for his legal leadership but for his entrepreneurialism, his spirit of excellence in the pursuit of racial justice, and his devotion to education.

John’s personal motto, which has become a core firm value, is, “Everybody counts, every day,” and that philosophy invigorates everything with which he is involved. He is driven by a powerful sense of fairness, and he believes there are few problems that cannot be solved through objective, reasoned persistence, pursued in good faith. He’s an imaginative problem solver, a uniquely critical thinker, a voice of wisdom and long experience, a connector of power players, and a fully tested leader. Depend on him to make big things happen.

 
Shawn Dove [More Info]
Chief Executive Officer
Campaign for Black Male Achievement
Shawn Dove is the Chief Executive Officer of the Campaign for Black Male Achievement (CBMA), a national membership organization committed to improving the life outcomes for Black men and boys. Under Dove’s leadership, CBMA has leveraged more than $212 million in national and local funds for Black Male Achievement, and has grown to include nearly 6,000 individual and 3,000 organizational members across the U.S. Since 2008, Dove’s stellar leadership has propelled CBMA from being an initiative of the Open Society Foundations (OSF) into an independent entity that has established an emerging field of Black Male Achievement. Among Dove’s key accomplishments are helping seed the launch of President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Initiative; brokering a partnership between OSF, Bloomberg Philanthropies and the City of New York to launch the Young Men’s Initiative; and serving as a lead organizer of the Executives’ Alliance to Expand Opportunities for Boys & Young Men of Color.

Prior to CBMA, Dove held more than two decades’ experience as a youth development professional, community-builder and advocate for children and families. For 10 years, Dove served as Program Director of the Harlem Children Zone-operated Countee Cullen Community Center, where he helped spearhead the launch of HCZ’s Fitness & Nutrition Center. His additional leadership roles include Executive Director of The DOME Project; Director of Youth Ministries for First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset, NJ; Creative Communities Director for the National Guild for Community Schools of the Arts; and New York Vice President of MENTOR/National Mentoring Partnership.

As evidenced by CBMA’s commitment to narrative change, Dove has continuously created platforms to amplify voices and stories by marginalized people and communities. While at HCZ, he became the founding Editor-In-Chief of Harlem Overheard, an award-winning youth-produced newspaper.

For his catalytic leadership, Dove has been recognized with numerous awards. In 2018 he was awarded the key to the City of Louisville by Mayor Greg Fischer, and was named Black Enterprise’s 2017 “BE Modern Man of the Year.” Dove is also a recipient of the Charles H. Revson Fellowship at Columbia University, and was named one of Ebony Magazine’s Power 100 in 2016. Dove earned a BA in English from Wesleyan University and is a graduate of Columbia University Business School's Institute for Not-for-Profit Management. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wonderful wife and four amazing children.
 
Chris Gardner [More Info]
CEO
Happyness

Chris Gardner is an entrepreneur, international best-selling author and award winning film producer. Gardner’s autobiography, The Pursuit of HappYness became a New York Times #1 best seller, has been translated into over forty languages, including six dialects of Chinese and is currently being translated into Arabic. Gardner is also the inspiration for the critically acclaimed film “The Pursuit of HappYness” for which Will Smith received the Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild and Academy Award nominations for his performance.

Gardner’s second book, “Start Where You Are” also a best seller was published in 2009. Chris is currently finishing his newest book “Permission to Dream: The Blueprint” which could be available this year.

Gardner has recently won a Peabody Award for producing “And Still I Rise,” a documentary about the life of his dear friend and mentor Dr. Maya Angelou.

Gardner has, as he says, re-enlisted in the United States Navy. Last year, he was honored to receive The Lone Sailor Award from the United States Navy Memorial Foundation. Some of the previous winners of this award include: Arnold Palmer, Senator and Astronaut John Glenn and President John F. Kennedy.

Chris Gardner’s sole goal of his media projects and speaking engagements is to help others achieve their fullest potential.

 
Atrayus O. Goode [More Info]
President & CEO
MENTOR North Carolina

Atrayus O. Goode founded Movement of Youth (MOY) in 2006 as a junior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. MOY is an award-winning mentoring and youth leadership development agency based on a program that Atrayus completed in high school sponsored by the 100 Black Men of America. He has been featured on various media platforms for his work, including TED. Atrayus is currently President & CEO of MENTOR North Carolina, a statewide Affiliate of MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership. MOY serves as the host organization of MENTOR North Carolina.

Atrayus is Co-Chair of My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Orange County, an American Express NGen Fellow, and Chair of the National Board of Directors of Witness for Peace. He holds a Master of Science in Organization Development from the American University School of Public Affairs in Washington, DC and a B.A. in Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He resides in Durham, North Carolina and is the proud father of Everette Rose, 7.

 

 
Joe Greenberg [More Info]
Creator and Instructor
The Love Kitchen
This fall, in partnership with United Way Central Maryland, Joe Greenberg will begin piloting an instructional food tour “The Love Kitchen.” Believing that every good thing begins with community, Joe will lead workshops centered on creating community around food, with instruction based around delicious preparations of high-quality, low-cost proteins. The basic chemistry of staple cooking processes will be explained to help novice cooks feel more confident in their exploration of cooking. The Love Kitchen seeks to create the conditions whereby dignity arises for all who participate.
  
Joe moved to New York’s Hudson Valley in the fall of 2017 along with his partner. They met three years prior in Los Angeles, where Joe worked for the better part of a decade as a production manager on shows including American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance, the AMAs and the Golden Globes. Having been burned out by the nonstop demand of television production, Joe came to the Hudson Valley with the intention of spreading love and building community. In his time there he has assisted in developing the ethos of the kitchen at SPACE on Ryder Farm, as well as the Teaching Kitchen at Bard College. He owns specialty bakery Pies, Pies, Pies! and is developing a show about food in the Hudson Valley for Radio Kingston. He also leads cooking workshops for teenagers at the Kingston YMCA Farm Project and for individuals from his home in Saugerties, New York.
 
Mariel Harding [More Info]
Director of Health and Food Security
United Way of the Midlands

Mariel Harding is the Director of Health and Food Security at United Way of the Midlands in Omaha, Nebraska. Mariel leads UWM’s investments and partnerships in health and food security for the Omaha metro. Driven to create healthy communities and support health for all, Mariel works to unite partners around common causes and solutions. Mariel spearheaded the creation of a comprehensive community food security plan for the Omaha metro, overcoming historical barriers to collaboration and uniting multiple paradigms under one cause. Mariel earned an MPH from Johns Hopkins University, BSN from University of Nebraska Medical Center, and undergraduate degree from McGill University.

 
Maggie Kane [More Info]
Founder & Executive Director
A Place at the Table

Maggie Kane is the Founder and Executive Director of A Place at the Table, the first pay-what-you-can cafe in downtown Raleigh. She graduated from North Carolina State University in 2013 and began working for a nonprofit with people experiencing homelessness. By befriending many people living on the margins, she knew something needed to be done. Maggie has a heart to serve, a desire to always be inclusive, and a passion for loving people. Through her work with people on the streets, she realized the power of community, the importance of dignity, and the beauty in bringing people together over incredible food. February 2015, A Place at the Table was birthed and Maggie never looked back.

A Place at the Table finally opened in January of 2018 serving thousands of people in Raleigh with a dignified, healthy, and affordable meal. However, more importantly, a meal that feeds more than just the stomach-- it feeds your hearts, souls, and minds. Outside of the cafe, you will catch her running marathons and eating peanut butter! But...you will mainly find her at the cafe right now loving on people all day!

maggie@tableraleigh.org; http://www.tableraleigh.org

 
Suzanne McCormick [More Info]
U.S. President
United Way Worldwide

Suzanne McCormick was named U.S. President of United Way Worldwide (UWW) in June 2019. She is responsible for helping the 1,100 local United Ways across the U.S. trailblaze in the philanthropic space to build more resilient, inclusive and sustainable communities. That includes leading in equity, tackling community problems with innovative and systemic solutions, and driving the ongoing digital transformation.

McCormick came to UWW from Tampa, Florida, where she spent five years as President and Chief Executive Officer for United Way Suncoast, one of Florida’s largest United Ways. In that time, she cultivated growth, increased community impact and led a strategic plan to break the cycle of generational poverty. Having previously served as the former chair of the United Way Network Partnership Group and National Professional Council, she will continue to enable the teams to develop and leverage powerful philanthropy initiatives, such as Salesforce Philanthropy Cloud. She brings invaluable insights as immediate past chair of the United Ways of Florida that will lend to the ongoing collaboration with United Way State Associations.

McCormick began her nonprofit leadership career at the International Center of New York and then as CEO for both the American Red Cross of Southern Maine and People’s Regional Opportunity. She joined the United Way of Greater Portland in Maine, where she provided 13 years of leadership, including four as President and CEO.

McCormick holds a B.A. in Political Science from Duke University and is an alumna of the Peace Corps, where she taught English in Thailand. She is the proud mother of two children: Jack, who serves in the U.S Army, and Fiona. Her husband of 25 years, Bill, is a physical therapist. McCormick enjoys running, being a “soccer mom” and spending time with her family and two Boston terriers, Finnegan and Olive.

 
Nicholé Morgan [More Info]
Co-Founder and CEO
TheGifted Arts

Nicholé Morgan is the Co-Founder and CEO of TheGifted Arts, a minority founded and led organization with a mission to strengthen the character, confidence and leadership skills of youth through the arts. As a woman of color, foster alum and beneficiary of supplemental education and community recreational programs, during her youth, Nicholé has a sincere connection to education reform, social services and the performing arts. For just over half of her life, she has been dedicated to being an advocate and catalyst for change and opportunity for all young people.

Before devoting her full attention to TheGifted Arts, Nicholé served in many education and youth development capacities and organizations; including as an AmeriCorps member serving in Charlotte-Mecklenburg and Durham Public Schools, the YMCA’s youth programs, and Citizen Schools’ national leadership Talent team.

A proud first generation college student, Nicholé holds a Bachelors degree in Sociology, with a concentration in Criminology from Hampton University, a Masters of Education and Leadership from Lesley University and is an International Event and Wedding Planning Professional certified by QC Event School.

She is honored to be named one of the Triangle’s inaugural “10 to Watch,” by the United Way of the Greater Triangle, a 2018 Goodmon Fellow and recently recommended for the Women Who Lead Campaign, by Carolina’s Emerging Women NC.

 

 
Carrie Morgridge [More Info]
Vice President & Chief Disruptor
The Morgridge Family Foundation
Carrie Morgridge serves as the Vice President and Chief Disruptor of The Morgridge Family Foundation. The mission of the Foundation is to invest in leaders and organizations that are reimagining solutions to some of today’s greatest challenges. Carrie is also the award-winning author of Every Gift Matters – How Your Passion Can Change the World. Her second book, The Spirit of the Trail, was released in May 2018.

Carrie and her husband John created Student Support Foundation, a national organization that inspires youth philanthropy. For the past decade they have celebrated and advanced the educator profession by creating mindSpark Learning. mindSpark Learning is focused on empowering educators to tackle the most challenging conditions in their schools through Design Thinking and other strategies.

Carrie speaks internationally to education advocacy forums, at poverty alleviation conferences, and many convenings that are philanthropically focused. She divides her time between Montana, Colorado and Florida. She and John have two adult children who reside in Denver, Colorado.

Carrie and John are avid athletes. In fact, they mountain biked across the country on the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route covering 2,774 miles from Canada to Mexico in 46 days. Carrie has completed nine Ironman competitions.
 
Nupur Parekh Flynn [More Info]
Community Volunteer & U.S. Council Member
Nupur Parekh Flynn was managing director, marketing and public relations, at Brown Capital Management from 2004-2019. Prior to this, Nupur served as a political appointee at the U.S. Agency for International Development, working in the Bureau of Legislative and Public Affairs, and a marketing executive at the global law firm DLA Piper. Nupur earned an MA in European Studies with a specialization in policy from l’Institut d’Etudes Européennes de l’Université Libre de Bruxelles and a BA in international studies from McDaniel College. She is a trustee of LifeBridge Health, where she is a member of the health system’s governance subcommittee; a trustee of the Baltimore Museum of Art, where she is a member of the museum’s executive, governance, and public engagement committees; and a trustee of the Open Society Institute - Baltimore, where she is a member of the grants committee. Nupur is actively involved with the United Way of Central Maryland and is a member of the United Way Worldwide US Council on Tocqueville and Million Dollar Roundtable. She is a former member of the national steering committee of the Ron Brown Scholar Program; the Dean’s Advisory Council, Arts Division of the University of California, Santa Cruz; and the Baltimore Community Foundation development committee. Nupur is also a former trustee of McDaniel College, HopeWell Cancer Support, and the Sinai Hospital of Baltimore.
 
John Potter [More Info]
Partner, PwC; U.S. Council Member
John Potter, is Partner at Pricewaterhouse Coopers focused on Mergers & Acquisitions with the tenacity and potent ability to get to the heart of the matter in the complex world of deal making, known as an innovative and strategic leader in the field. Whether advising corporate or private equity clients through acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures or navigating the flow and tension that each deal presents, my clients highly value the clarity and focus I bring to the inherent uncertainty of M&A.
I thrive on the complexity a deal presents and tackle it with unwavering curiosity and perseverance. Just as I excel as a chef in the kitchen, I incorporate my experiences to create optimal outcomes for clients. From deal strategy, to due diligence, deal terms and negotiation, to integration, valuation, and the accounting and financial reporting, I work with my clients to minimize their risks, progress with the right deals, and capture value both at the deal table and after the deal closes.
Empowering others and giving back is an integral part of my life – I channel my leadership talents to forward economic empowerment in my community. Currently, I am a Director and Treasurer of Jeremiah Program whose mission transforms families from poverty to prosperity though education, employment and mentoring, uniquely addressing this cycle two generations at a time.
 
Barbara Siemer [More Info]
Chairperson
The Siemer Family Foundation
Barbara Siemer is an enlightened and strategic community investor who has been dedicated to multiple issues, chief among which is advancing the education and development of children. Barbara has championed homelessness prevention as a critical approach to supporting disadvantaged children because she recognizes the impact of housing instability on children’s education achievement and life success. Her efforts in this area extend far beyond their own home communities of Columbus, Ohio and Sarasota, Florida.

Barbara grew up in a hardworking family where she started working for her father’s small business at the age of twelve. She was taught often and early by her family to, “Always give more. Never give less.”

In 1984, Barbara became major a supporter of United Way of Central Ohio. Over the years she has demonstrated commitment and drive to provide solutions for her community; funding and participating in after school tutoring programs, college access programs to address disparity, and serving on boards and committees focused on education.

When Sarasota became her second home, she immediately became involved with United Way of Sarasota County (now United Way Suncoast) an active Tocqueville Society member.

Barbara pioneered work helping families in financial crisis stay in their homes and keep their children in their schools. She has been involved in this work since 2003, and in 2011 launched the Siemer Institute which funds family stability programs at United Way organizations across the country.

The Siemer Institute has been remarkably successful and has grown from programs in 10 cities at its launch to more than 50 cities today. Last year, the Siemer Institute’s network of funded partners served nearly 10,000 families and more than 22,000 children.

The Siemer Institute is one of the leading examples in the nation of collective impact which creates broad social change by uniting people and organizations to work toward common goals, while learning from each other through open and active communications. One of the keys to the success of the Institute is the fact that each community can tailor their programs to meet local needs and select partners that are most capable of delivering results. It has become an acknowledged model for the United Way network.
 
Greg Silverman [More Info]
Executive Director
West Side Campaign Against Hunger
West Side Campaign Against Hunger’s Executive Director, Chef Greg Silverman, is a dynamic chef, restaurateur and longtime leader in the anti-hunger movement. West Side Campaign Against Hunger (WSCAH)—one of the largest and most successful food pantries in New York City—is at the forefront of alleviating hunger by ensuring all New Yorkers have access, with dignity, to a choice of healthy food and supportive services. Chef Greg has worked in the food and hunger space for over 20 years. 

Greg previously served as the National Director of Program Partnerships for Share Our Strength and its No Kid Hungry Campaign where amongst much food access work he led the national growth of the Cooking Matters nutrition education platform across all 50 states. Greg has also worked in London as a nutrition education specialist for the city government, a food consultant for public sector organizations, and as a successful chef and owner of multiple restaurants in Ithaca, NY for over a dozen years. He spent time as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Mali. Greg has an MSc in Food and Nutrition Policy from the City University of London. He loves spending his waking hours cycling the streets of NYC, cooking food with family and friends, volunteering as a Board Member of Farm Africa and #Givehealthy, and cooking up change with communities across the globe.
 
Ted Smith [More Info]
Deputy Director
Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute

Ted Smith is an associate professor of environmental medicine and deputy director of the Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. His research program is focused on the how human health, broadly defined, depends upon components of the built and natural environment. Ted also served as the first Chief Innovation Officer for the City of Louisville Kentucky where, with bold philanthropic partners, he created the largest real time asthma surveillance research program: AIRLouisville. Ted received his B.S. in Biology and Psychology from Allegheny College, his M.S. and PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience from Miami University and completed his post-doctoral studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

 
Wendy Steele [More Info]
Chief Executive
Impact 100 Council
Wendy Steele understands the impact of generosity and has been encouraging philanthropy for most of her adult life. In 2001, she launched and led an innovative pass-through foundation called Impact100 which empowers women to fund transformational grants to the communities it serves across five broad focus areas: Arts & Culture, Education, Environment, Family and Health & Wellness.

She continues to support, mentor and advise Impact 100 Chapters around the globe as her Impact100 Model has been replicated in many cities around the globe. By the end of 2018, Impact 100 organizations had given away more than $67 million to worthy non-profits and it continues to expand at an accelerated pace.

Her work in philanthropy is also noted in several books including, The Transformative Power of Women’s Philanthropy; Women, Wealth and Giving; Women’s Giving Circles; and The Right Sisters – Modern Women Inventors. PBS Television created an hour-long documentary entitled, Impact 100: Changing Lives, Strengthening Communities, which highlights the work of Impact100 Pensacola Bay Area, the world’s largest Impact100 organization.

In 2014, Wendy was awarded the Jefferson Award for Public Service for her work with Impact100. Considered the Nobel Prize for community service, this prestigious honor was founded in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Senator Robert Taft, Jr. and Samuel Beard to recognize individuals across the nation who improve communities through their service. In 2016, Wendy was named by Philanthropy Media as one of America’s Top 25 Philanthropy Speakers. She appeared on this list as Number 2, behind U2’s Bono, who holds the Number 1 spot.
 
Michael Tanner [More Info]
Senior Fellow
Cato Institute

Cato Institute Senior Fellow Michael Tanner heads research into a variety of domestic policies, with an emphasis on poverty and social welfare policy, health care, and Social Security and entitlement reform.

His most recent book, The Inclusive Economy: How to Bring Wealth to America's Poor, looks at the ways government contributes to poverty in the United States and suggests reforms that will enable the poor to more fully participate in a growing economy. Tanner is the author of numerous other books on public policy, including Going for Broke: Deficits, Debt, and the Entitlement Crisis, Leviathan on the Right: How Big-Government Conservatism Brought Down the Republican Revolution, Healthy Competition: What's Holding Back Health Care and How to Free It, The Poverty of Welfare: Helping Others in Civil Society, and A New Deal for Social Security.

Tanner's writings have appeared in nearly every major American newspaper, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today. He writes a weekly column for National Review Online, and is a contributing columnist with the New York Post. A prolific writer and frequent guest lecturer, Tanner appears regularly on network and cable news programs.

The New York Times refers to him as "a lucid writer and skilled polemicist." And Congressional Quarterly named him one of the nation's five most influential experts on Social Security. Time magazine calls Tanner, "one of the architects of the private accounts movement."

More recently Tanner has undertaken a major project to develop innovative solutions to poverty and inequality.

 
Brigitte Truong [More Info]
Multimedia Host and Producer; United Way Brand Ambassador
Brigitte Truong has solidified herself as a go-to source in Toronto for the latest trends in lifestyle and entertainment as a Multimedia Host, Producer, Host of the podcast This Truly Is, and the Founder of B.Tru Media. In the past three years, she’s worked with some of the biggest brands in lifestyle, entertainment and charities like United Way, Marriott Traveler, Netflix, Sport Chek, Staples, and Pantene to create elevated digital content that engages audiences through creative and organic story telling. Through her work, Brigitte hopes to inspire people of all ages to eradicate #FOMO from their lexicon, tap into their inner potential and live life by their own design.
 
Patrick S. Weston, M.D. [More Info]
Physician, Business Owner, and Investor

Dr. Weston is a physician, business owner and investor. He is co-founder, President and Medical Director of Synergy Healthcare, and founding member of The Westrock Companies.

His philanthropic interests include healthcare disparities, leadership & mentorship.

 
Sheena Wright [More Info]
President & CEO
United Way of New York City
Sheena Wright is the first woman to lead United Way of New York City (UWNYC) in its nearly 80-year history. Part of the United Way worldwide network, UWNYC is a trusted partner to more than 300 community-based organizations, foundations, corporations, and city and state government agencies and aligns and activates them around a shared agenda to tackle the complex challenges of low-income New Yorkers.

Recently named one of Crain’s New York Business’ 50 Most Powerful Women, Sheena took the reins at UWNYC the day that Hurricane Sandy hit in 2012, Sheena took the reins at UWNYC the day that Hurricane Sandy hit in 2012. She met that challenge, raising $11 million in disaster relief. In her tenure as President and CEO, Sheena has lead a transformation of the organization—actualizing a Collective Impact strategy, and refocusing UWNYC’s support of low-income New Yorkers towards self-sufficiency. In 2013, Wright spearheaded ReadNYC, the flagship initiative of UWNYC to strengthen families and improve grade-level reading by third grade in our City’s most-challenged communities.

Prior to joining UWNYC, she served as President and CEO of the Abyssinian Development Corporation. Sheena is a graduate of Columbia University, received her law degree from Columbia Law School. She was born and raised in the South Bronx and now lives in Harlem, New York with her 3 sons and daughter.
 
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