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Request for Speaker Suggestions

Publication date: 
November, 2011

We’ve been going though our lists of speakers to find just the right person to give the keynote presentation at our 2012 annual luncheon – but have not landed on anyone. So I’d like to ask if you can give us some direction.

We’re hoping to find someone who can speak to the current and emerging trends, would appeal to a broad audience and is inspirational – all rolled into one person. If you’ve heard a great speaker recently, would you forward his/her name to me?

~Deborah Werner, Connecticut Council for Philanthropy


Washington Grantmakers

Dan Pallotta is an expert in nonprofit sector innovation and a pioneering social entrepreneur. He is the founder of Pallotta TeamWorks, which invented the multiday AIDSRides and Breast Cancer 3-Days. He is the president of Advertising for Humanity and the author of Uncharitable: How Restraints on Nonprofits Undermine Their Potential. He fit the bill for us.

He was our speaker in 2009.

Philanthropy New York

Doug Bauer, The Clark Foundation

The Clark Foundation focuses on helping individuals lead independent and productive lives and supports nonprofits and programs in New York City and Cooperstown, NY. Doug Bauer manages not only the Clark Foundation but is also executive director of the Scriven and Fernleigh Foundations. Prior to Clark, Doug was a Senior Vice President with Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (RPA) from 2002 to 2009 and led the organization’s Strategic Initiatives Team. Prior to joining RPA, he was a Vice President at Goldman Sachs and President of the Goldman Sachs Philanthropy Fund, the firm’s charitable gift fund. From 1997 to 2000, Doug was Director of Community Partnership at SmithKline Beecham (now GlaxoSmithKline) and Executive Director of the SmithKline Beecham Foundation, where he focused on community-based health care around the world. From 1992 to 1996, Doug was a Program Officer for Culture at the Pew Charitable Trusts. And from 1988 to 1992, he managed the Scott Paper Company Foundation.

Doug’s opinions and ideas on philanthropy have been featured in the Associated Press, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Contribute, the Financial Times, the Los Angeles Times, The New York Post, The Wall Street Journal and on NPR and CNBC. Doug co-authored, with Steven Godeke, Philanthropy’s New Passing Gear: Mission Related Investing, A Policy and Implementation Guide for Foundation Trustees. Doug serves on boards or committees for Children’s Health Fund, The Melalucca Foundation and Philanthropy New York (formerly NYRAG).

He is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania and The Business School of Columbia University where he teaches courses on philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. Doug is a graduate from Michigan State University. He also holds a M.S. from Penn and a M.J. from Temple University.

Council of New Jersey Grantmakers

In a program led by Dr. Jeffrey Brenner, the Camden Coalition is now hyper-targeting those ER super-users with an all-encompassing care management program by having physicians and public health workers promote preventative care and healthier lifestyles among these patients. Furthermore, the Coalition has a broader goal to reach out to all Camden residents to increase access to preventative care through open access scheduling (see our previous post about open access scheduling). 

Brenner was profiled in the New Yorker and on Frontline. He is a doctor working in Camden and used deep data to transform health delivery in Camden. His strategy can be transferred to any field. He talks about the “possibilities for change”.

Delaware Valley Grantmakers

Dr. Paul C. Light is NYU Wagner's Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service and founding principal investigator of the Global Center for Public Service, Before joining NYU, Dr. Light served as the Douglas Dillon Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, founding director of its Center for Public Service, and vice president and director of the Governmental Studies Program. He has served previously as director of the Public Policy Program at the Pew Charitable Trusts and associate dean and professor of public affairs at the University of Minnesota's Hubert Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. He is the author of 25 books, including works on social entrepreneurship, the nonprofit sector, federal government reform, public service, and the baby boom.

His books include the award-winning Thickening Government and The Tides of Reform. He received the 2010 Herbert Simon award from the American Political Science Association for A Government Ill Executed: The Decline of the Federal Service and How to Reverse It. The award was for the most important book on public administration in the preceding three-to-five years. He is also a co-author of a best-selling American government textbook, Government by the People. His research interests include: bureaucracy, civil service, Congress, entitlement programs, executive branch, government reform, nonprofit effectiveness, organizational change, and the political appointment process.

He was fabulous. All those qualities and more.

Philanthropy Northwest

Susan Raymond has extensive experience in research, analysis and planning, most recently with the prestigious New York Academy of Sciences. At the Academy, she created the first technology and public policy program, and then became Director of Strategic Planning and Special Projects. Prior to this, Susan was a project officer at the World Bank and a senior consultant to the U.S. Agency for International Development and to various private organizations including the Carnegie Corporation, specializing in healthcare and international economic research. She has led the formation of private foundations in Poland, Croatia, and Hungary and written business plans for foundations in India and Thailand. Under her leadership and during the political transition, Friends of Litewska Hospital became one of the first and most successful private philanthropies in Warsaw, Poland.

During 2005 through 2007, Susan was the Foreign Policy and Research Advisor to the bipartisan Congressional Commission studying the effectiveness of public and private foreign assistance, the Helping to Enhance the Livelihood of People Commission. Susan is a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Global Prosperity in Washington, D.C., and a Faculty Lecturer at the Institute of Human Nutrition at Columbia University.

Her original research papers, Nonprofit Hospitals in America: Lives, Jobs and Philanthropy and Enabling the Progress of the Mind: Trends in Higher Education Philanthropy, and Funding the Changing Face of Private Education are available from Changing Our World.

Her most recent book on philanthropy is Finance for Hard Times: Nonprofit Revenue Strategies in Economic Crisis, published by Wiley and Sons in December 2009. She is also the auothor of Mapping the New World of American Philanthropy: Causes and Consequences of the Transfer of Wealth, published by Wiley and Sons in April of 2007. She is also the author of The Future of Philanthropy: Economics, Ethics, and Management, published by Wiley and Sons in March 2004. She has published extensively in the areas of philanthropy, economics, health care and corporate responsibility in such journals as Foreign Affairs, Development, Economic Reform Today, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, Journal of Healthcare Administration Education, and Technological Forecasting and Social Change. Susan is also a Project Team member of the Macroeconomics of Cardiovascular Disease project of the Center for Macroeconomics and Health of the Earth Institute at Columbia University under Jeffrey Sachs. She is co-author of the recently released A Race Against Time: The Challenge of Cardiovascular Disease in Developing Economies. The report was covered in, among others, the Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine Asia, New England Journal of Medicine, and British Medical Journal.

She is a regular international conference speaker on the future role of philanthropy in economic growth and civil society.

Susan earned her BA Phi Beta Kappa from Macalester College and her MA and Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. Her substantive focus was in the field of health and medical economics and in international public health. She has worked on philanthropy and economic development projects throughout Africa, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe, as well as in Russia and Asia.

She is a fabulous speaker. We’ve used her twice. She talks about demographics and trends in a digestible way. She gets rave reviews.

Florida Philanthropy Network

Gara LaMarche (born August 26, 1954) was the President and CEO of The Atlantic Philanthropies from April 2007 to June 2011. Prior to joining The Atlantic Philanthropies he served as Vice-President and Director of U.S. Programs for The Open Society Institute from 1996-2007. In his tenure at The Atlantic Philanthropies, LaMarche led the foundation’s shift to a social justice approach to grant-making.

West Virginia Grantmakers

Jeff Clarke, interim president of the Council on Foundations, serves as a senior fellow at the Rasmuson Foundation, in Anchorage. He previously worked for nine years as the Alaska foundation’s vice president. “Jeff Clarke is a well-known and widely respected philanthropic leader with strong management expertise and a proven track record in the field,” Carol Larson, who chairs the council’s board, said in a statement. “His experience and vision will be tremendous assets to the council.”

Diana Bucco is the President of The Forbes Funds, a Pittsburgh-based foundation that supports nonprofit capacity-building, research and leadership development.

Previously she was the founding director of the Coro Center for Civic Leadership and The Mentoring Partnership of Southwestern Pennsylvania. She is on numerous boards and advisory committees, including YouthPlaces, the YWCA, Pittsburgh Council for International Visitors and Advancing Academics, and is a member of the Women’s Funders Roundtable. Nationally, she serves on the Independent Sector Public Policy Advisory Board, National Council of Nonprofit Board of Directors and the Grantmakers for Effective Organizations 2010 planning committee.

Diana has been recognized by Pittsburgh Magazine’s “40 Under 40,” a list of rising young leaders in the Pittsburgh region, and was recently awarded a German Marshall Fellowship. She was also recognized by the state as one of the top ten of the GenX generation. Diana holds bachelors degrees in communications and political science from the University of Pittsburgh.

Both did outstanding jobs and received high marks on our evaluations.