Wednesday, May 1 — 9-10 a.m.
This is your opportunity to engage in candid conversations with experienced leaders in philanthropy about the trials, triumphs, and lessons learned from their years of practice in the sector. Hear inspirational stories and get honest answers the questions you have been reluctant to ask.
Please note that space is limited and seating is first-come; first-serve.
Brennan Gould is the president and CEO of the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation – a grantmaker whose mission it is to drive positive, sustainable change in Charlottesville and surrounding communities. Prior to becoming president, Brennan served as director of the foundation’s grant-funded programs, gaining national recognition for her work, for which she received the Robert W. Scrivner Award for Creative Grantmaking for an innovative grantmaking initiative created in response to the deadly racial riots that rocked Charlottesville and the nation in 2017. As a passionate public and human service leader, Brennan also worked as a district liaison to former U.S. Congressman Tom Perriello of Virginia. This session will explore the challenges, triumphs, and differences in exercising leadership after a tragedy strikes your community.
Jean Case, the chairman of the National Geographic Society and CEO of the Case Foundation, is a philanthropist, investor and internet and impact investing pioneer who advocates for the importance of embracing a more fearless approach to innovation and bringing about transformational breakthroughs. Her career in the private sector, including as a senior executive at AOL, spanned nearly two decades before she co-founded the Case Foundation in 1997. Inspired by the stories of those who have truly embodied what it means to be fearless and the learnings that come with over five years of work on the “Be Fearless” project, Jean has written a book to bring the principles to life! Be Fearless: Five Principles for a Life of Breakthroughs and Purpose is a call to action that encourages aspiring changemakers to overcome fear, take bold risks, and live lives of urgency.
Sharon Alpert became the fourth president and first female leader of The Nathan Cummings Foundation in November 2015. A seasoned philanthropic leader, Sharon has more than 20 years of experience working at the intersection of inequality and environmental issues. Sharon served as the vice president of programs and strategic initiatives at the Surdna Foundation and began her career in philanthropy at the Ford Foundation, where she implemented a cross-portfolio initiative to address inequality in housing, employment and environmental opportunities in Camden, New Jersey. In this session, Sharon will discuss the Nathan Cummings Foundation’s approach to impact investing and their decision to go all-in, aligning 100 percent of their nearly half-billion-dollar endowment with the foundation’s mission to reduce social inequality and building an inclusive clean economy.