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The Giving Pledge – ELI AND EDYTHE BROAD

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“Those who have been blessed with extraordinary wealth have an opportunity, some would say a responsibility – we consider it a privilege – to give back to their communities, be they local, national or global.”

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Bill and Melinda Gates: Why giving away our wealth has been the most satisfying thing we’ve done

Bill and Melinda Gates: Why giving away our wealth has been the most satisfying thing we’ve done

 

In 1993, Bill and Melinda Gates—then engaged—took a walk on a beach in Zanzibar, and made a bold decision on how they would make sure that their wealth from Microsoft went back into society. In a conversation with Chris Anderson, the couple talks about their work at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as about their marriage, their children, their failures and the satisfaction of giving most of their wealth away. 

The Art of Leadership | Bill Strickland, CEO, Manchester Bidwell

The Art of Leadership | Bill Strickland, CEO, Manchester Bidwell

 

Bill Strickland, President and CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporation, spoke at the Harvard School of Public Health as part of the Decision-making: Voices from the Field webcast leadership series on March 4, 2014. Watch the entire series at hsph.me/voices.

Topics discussed include how to effectively communicate with diverse groups, the necessity of a leader to provide vision, and the impact of creating a positive physical environment.

 

The Decision-making: Voices from the Field webcast leadership discussion series at Harvard School of Public Health invites leaders to speak about their experiences making decisions that affect global health. Highly interactive and candid, the series is produced in The Leadership Studio for a student audience. The high-definition webcast is streamed live and posted for future viewing. Students learn from experienced leaders about decisions that were effective, decisions that failed, and which decisions, if any, could have been made differently.

 

Bill Strickland, President and CEO of Manchester Bidwell Corporations, Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild, and the Bidwell Training Center in Pittsburgh, is nationally recognized as a visionary community leader with marked success in community adaptation and revitalization. Manchester Bidwell Corporation — developed by Mr. Strickland over several decades — is a nonprofit organization in Pittsburgh that provides job training for adults, and arts education and mentoring to young people. Under his leadership, Manchester Bidwell has become a successful business model for social change, whose organizational culture fosters innovation, creativity, responsibility and integrity. President Obama selected Mr. Strickland to be one of the founding members of the White House Council for Community Solutions. 

MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG on the Giving Pledge

MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG on the Giving Pledge

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“If you want to do something for your children and show how much you love them, the single best thing – by far – is to support organizations that will create a better world for them and their children. And by giving, we inspire others to give of themselves, whether their money or their time.”

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Can business make the world a better place?: YADIN KAUFMANN

Can business make the world a better place?: YADIN KAUFMANN

 

Venture capitalist, co-founded Sadara Ventures, the first fund targeting investments in Palestinian technology companies, and Tmura, The Israeli Public Service Venture Fund, which is a leading non-profit organization in the Israel high-tech sector. Business creates wealth. But – it can also produce social change and help make our world a better place. Just as ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’, it will take time to build a Palestinian knowledge-based economy. Palestine can become the next ‘start-up nation’ — and the high-tech engine of the Arab world. And just as technology entrepreneurs transformed Israel, maybe they will transform the region. 

ARTHUR M. BLANK on The Giving Pledge

ARTHUR M. BLANK on The Giving Pledge

 

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“Now, as I approach my 70th birthday, I am more committed than ever to making a difference through philanthropy. The needs in our society are more profound than at any point in my lifetime. The gap between rich and poor in America is growing. Philanthropy alone cannot repair all of the social injustice in our country or the world. It can, however, inspire good will, spark innovation and provide thought leadership.”

 

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SARA BLAKELY on the Giving Pledge

SARA BLAKELY on the Giving Pledge

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“I pledge to invest in women because I believe it offers one of the greatest returns on investment. I am committed to the belief that we would all be in a much better place if half the human race (women) were empowered to prosper, invent, be educated, start their own businesses, run for office – essentially be given the chance to soar!”

 

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Philanthropy – A Conversation with Dr. Maya Angelou

Philanthropy – A Conversation with Dr. Maya Angelou

 

Northern Trust’s Director of Philanthropic Services Marguerite Griffin talks to Dr. Maya Angelou at the National Museum for Women in the Arts on the importance of philanthropy. 

Fatherhood As An Anti-Poverty Strategy: Joseph T. Jones Jr

Fatherhood As An Anti-Poverty Strategy: Joseph T. Jones Jr

 

Joseph T. Jones, Jr. is founder of the Center For Urban Families (CFUF), a Baltimore, Maryland nonprofit service organization established to empower low-income families by enhancing both the ability of women and men to contribute to their families as wage earners and of men to fulfill their roles as fathers. 

Bill Nye, Science Guy, Dispels Poverty Myths

Bill Nye, Science Guy, Dispels Poverty Myths

 

Bill Nye dispels myths about poverty, health, and foreign aid.