The 2019 Summit will feature a dynamic list of speakers, including:
Indian American Council for Food Banks
Anna has built up significant experience giving time and resources in the nonprofit sector, including leading a nonprofit focused on children’s literacy in India, organizing donor and volunteer groups around humanitarian causes, and mobilizing an entire community around the issue of food insecurity across the U.S.
With a rallying cry of “Hunger Mitao!” (meaning “Wipe Out Hunger”), Anna and her husband Raj launched the Indian American Council in 2017 with a goal to raise one million meals. Within their first year of operation, working initially with the North Texas and Houston Food Banks, the IAC has now raised over 3.5 million meals.
Indian American Council for Food Banks
Raj and his wife Aradhana (Anna) together launched the Indian American Council (IAC), a 100% volunteer group formed to raise awareness, improve engagement, and channel resources and contributions of the Indian American community through U.S.-based food banks. With a rallying cry of “Hunger Mitao!” (meaning “Wipe Out Hunger”) the IAC launched with an ambitious “Million Meal March” campaign. Within their first year of operation, working initially with the North Texas and Houston Food Banks, the IAC has now raised over 3.5 million meals.
A Plano, Texas resident, Raj now channels his time and resources in a focused manner to causes related to food insecurity, children’s advocacy, education, and mentoring the next generation.
Betsy is a prolific writer and speaker; she has authored pieces for Financial Advisor Magazine, STEP Journal, and Private Wealth among others. Recently, she contributed to Cross-Border Giving: a Legal and Practical Guide, published by CAF America. In addition to her MBA from Thunderbird School of Management, Betsy has a certificate in Non-Profit Management from Roosevelt University and is a registered Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP) through the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).
Director of Philanthropic Strategies, Private Donor Group,
Katie’s career path has spanned the nonprofit and for-profit landscape, from several roles in fundraising at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, to work in corporate philanthropy at Cone Inc., where she helped clients put values and ideals into action through grantmaking, fundraising campaigns, and philanthropic programs.
Katie received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of the Holy Cross. In her spare time, Katie volunteers and has served on the boards of nonprofit organizations within her community that support vulnerable children and women.
Chief Millennial Officer,
As current Family Council Chair, Paige also draws on her family’s collective 90 years of experience in successfully transferring wisdom down through the generations.
Arts, Equity, & Education Fund
Chris currently serves as the Development Committee Chair for the Carnegie Museum of Art. His full-time position is as President of CalWest Educators Placement, a recruiting firm for K–12 independent schools which he co-owns with Dawn. One of his biggest passions is to inspire others to give to causes they care about.
Arts, Equity, & Education Fund
Dawn also currently serves as Chair of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, trustee of a small arts non-profit, and an advisor to various groups and committees. Past affiliations include Social Venture Partners, Pittsburgh and Angelics’ Auxiliary, Los Angeles. Dawn describes her marriage and her philanthropy: “Chris and I are a team, engaged with each other’s passions. Giving feels personal to us. We possess a desire to propel change and focus our philanthropy on the arts, education, diversity, and inclusion.”
New Generation of African American Philanthropists
In 2006, with her sister and others, Valaida co-founded New Generation of African American Philanthropists giving circle. Her mother followed suit by founding a women’s giving circle. Valaida is currently managing the national tour of “The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited,” an innovative museum exhibit that is a reimagining of her book.
Liebe and her husband Seth have two daughters, who have grown up in this circle of advocacy beginning in early childhood when they volunteered on campaigns for LGBT equality. Liebe formerly held leadership roles at their daughters’ independent school where she convinced the school to apply all gala proceeds to the scholarship fund.
Liebe and Seth devote the majority of their philanthropy to social justice organizations, most notably The National LGBTQ Task Force, whose board she co-chairs, the Anti-Defamation League, and many local and national organizations serving the LGBTQ and marginalized communities.
He and wife Liebe set up a family fund at The Miami Foundation, with the understanding that it could continue to meet the emerging needs of the broader community into perpetuity.
Seth is the owner of Gadinsky Real Estate, a full service commercial development and brokerage company specializing in retail and hospitality.
Vice President and Chief Engagement Officer,
National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
Jeanné’s earlier positions have drawn on her expertise in building unlikely alliances that promote justice and support marginalized groups. Before joining NCRP, she was the Director of U.S. Programs at Search for Common Ground; her major initiatives included advancing bipartisan conversations among national leaders about the impact of racism on policy. She has also worked to build a network of support organizations for military families impacted by the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, and served as a faith-based community organizer in Ohio and Florida.
Jeanné received her undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis and her M.A. in Conflict Resolution from Antioch University Midwest.
F. Martin and Dorothy A. Johnson Family Fund
Dottie was the first woman board chair of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, one of the largest private international foundations in the world, and served for 32 years as a Trustee. Dottie currently serves on the Leadership Council for the academic center named in her honor, the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University.
Lee Ippolito Jurewitz
Chief Administrative Officer and Trustee,
Ippolito Charitable Foundation of Galveston
Since August 2017, Lee has served as a funder and voting member of the Galveston County Recovery Fund. The fund was specifically established after Hurricanes Ike and Harvey to provide assistance to residents of Galveston County by providing funding for case management, as well as financial assistance to organizations providing on-the-ground clean up and rebuilding efforts.
Lee is a principal attorney at Jurewitz Law Group in San Diego, California.
Andrus Family Fund
Kim has found a worthwhile mission in growing and shaping a next-gen social justice lens within the Andrus Family.
Colleen Durbin Mitchell
Colleen has led several private and operating foundations, including Whirlpool Foundation, IMCERA Group Foundation, and NorthShore Foundation, and led donor services at her hometown community foundation, The Columbus Foundation. Her extensive multi-sector experience includes public sector work on Capitol Hill in a bi-partisan caucus, and global P & L responsibilities in the private sector in brand, marketing, and sales leadership for KitchenAid Appliances, Bose Corporation, and Jabra Bluetooth Headsets. Colleen has also served as a founding committee member and mentor for the premier Midwest business accelerator, The Impact Engine.
Distinguished Scholar in Residence for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the Dorothy. A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy
Juan has served on many national, regional, and local boards, including the National Institute for Literacy (appointed by President George W. Bush), Council for Independent Colleges, Educational Testing Services, and many others. He has also served on several foundation boards including the Grand Rapids Community Foundation, Public Education Fund, Student Advancement Foundation, FabriKal Foundation, and Richard Upjohn Light Foundation, and has served as an advisor to several others.
In 2009, Lisa founded Family Circle Advisors where she and her team help families increase the impact of their giving and navigate complex family relationships. Family Circle Advisors also facilitates family retreats and is a leader in providing experiential team building events for family foundations and family businesses.
Lisa is an advisor and board member to numerous organizations, including the USC Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy and the National Center for Family Philanthropy. Lisa writes and speaks nationally on family dynamics and governance, youth philanthropy, new models of giving, and the evolution of family philanthropy “From Lawrence Welk to Lady Gaga.”
Lisa graduated from UCLA in 1991 with a degree in social psychology.
David and his partner Maggie also engage in redistributing his wealth, primarily to organizing for self determination by communities most impacted by capitalism, colonialism, and racism. By day, David is a potter, exhibiting at craft shows and galleries.
Chief Executive Officer,
Prior to taking on the leadership of her family’s foundation, Sparks worked in philanthropy for 12 years and founded Queer Leaders in Philanthropy, a national network of philanthropic professionals focused on changing the culture of philanthropy to be more empowering of LGBTQ communities. Sparks has a Bachelor’s degree from Vassar College, an M.S.W. from UC Berkeley, and just completed her M.B.A. at the University of Washington. She currently lives in San Francisco and travels up to Washington State regularly for work with the Foundation.
Polo Reo Tate
R.E. Olds Foundation
Author, Deep Dark Blue
Growing up, Polo used her academic aptitude and athletic prowess to attend and play NCAA volleyball for the U.S Air Force Academy. Her harrowing journey at one of our nation’s most challenging institutions, can now be found in her gritty, honest, and dynamic debut memoir, Deep Dark Blue.
Since leaving USAFA, and finally graduating from the University of Notre Dame, Polo has become a Trustee for her family’s R.E. Olds Foundation — the oldest in Michigan. Polo is also a passionate public speaker, with a mission for all to see, feel, and understand their own self worth, empowerment, and value. Polo is an actor, author, and artist who performs all over the country. She lives in New York City.
Women Donors Network
Beyond the Bullet
In 2009 she wrote the book, Beyond the Bullet: Personal Stories of Gun Violence Aftermath, profiling 19 people forever altered by the impact of gun violence. She combines her philanthropy and advocacy sitting on the boards of The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Women Donors Network, Stop our Shootings, and Trauma Intervention Program of Portland, Ore.
Heidi has been published in USA Today, Ms. Magazine, The Seattle Times, and The Oregonian. Her four-part series, My Month With a Gun was published in The Denver Post, Ms. Magazine, and The Daily Beast. Heidi’s feature documentary, Behind the Bullet, will premiere at Slamdance Film festival in January 2019.
Ellie Frey Zagel
Ellie personally supports worthy causes domestically and internationally. She holds a Bachelor’s in international relations and economics from Boston University, and certificates in Family Business and Family Wealth Advising from the Family Firm Institute. She has spoken around the country on next-generation issues in family business and family philanthropy.
Ellie serves on several boards, including the National Center for Family Philanthropy, Council of Michigan Foundations, and Learning to Give. She lives in East Grand Rapids, Mich. with her husband Chad and their toddler, Steven Monroe.