Speakers

The 2019 Summit will feature a dynamic list of speakers, including:


Anna Asava

Co-founder,
Indian American Council for Food Banks

Aradhana (Anna) Asava is a results-oriented professional with an eye for creative problem solving, a proven track record of leading organization-wide transformational programs, and over 20 years of experience in the Global IT Industry. In 2009, Anna left corporate America to engage in impactful philanthropy.

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.


Raj Asava

Co-founder,
Indian American Council for Food Banks

Born and raised in India, Raj Asava has worked in senior/executive ranks for several large companies and held the position of President at two start-up organizations. Raj retired as Chief Strategy Officer at Perot Systems in 2010.

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 Brill

President,
Strategic Philanthropy

Betsy Brill is an internationally recognized expert in philanthropy. In 2000, she co-founded Strategic Philanthropy, Ltd., and serves as the firm’s President. Strategic Philanthropy, Ltd., is a Multi-Family Philanthropic Office® working with ultra-high net worth individuals, families, family-owned businesses and their advisors, providing strategy and implementation support to ensure measurable value and impact in both lifetime and legacy giving.

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).


Katie Collins

Director of Philanthropic Strategies, Private Donor Group,
Fidelity Charitable

Katie Collins joined Fidelity Charitable in 2013 as a member of the Private Donor Group. In her current role as a Philanthropic Strategist, she works closely with individual donors and families to ensure that their giving aligns with their philanthropic goals and aspirations. Katie also forges connections among donors within the Private Donor Group community who may share similar experiences or inspirations.

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.


Paige Cornetet

Chief Millennial Officer,
Millennial Guru

Paige Cornetet is a fourth-generation business owner (Greenhouse Fabrics) and entrepreneur (Millennial Guru). Growing up around fabrics, chocolate, and family who helped transfer human and intellectual capital to the next generation, she saw a big need for family education. She founded Millennial Guru with the intention of helping bridge the gap between generations and helping to teach families how to protect and preserve their financial, human, and intellectual capital. Millennial Guru focuses on family business, family money, and family philanthropy, starting with the individual person and extending to the entire family working to make an impact.

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.


Chris Fleischner

President,
Arts, Equity, & Education Fund

Chris Fleischner’s first philanthropic role models were his parents. Seeking to be stewards of a family legacy that goes back 85 years, Chris and his wife, Dawn, now chart a course that includes their two teenage children. In addition to individual giving, they give together through the Fleischner Family Fund at the Pittsburgh Foundation, and the Arts, Equity, and Education Fund, a private family foundation of which Chris is President.

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.


Dawn Fleischner

Chair,
Arts, Equity, & Education Fund

Dawn Fleischner is the co-owner (alongside her husband, Chris) of CalWest Educators Placement, a K–12 recruiting firm. They are the proud parents of two children, ages 17 and 14. Dawn and Chris also partner in their family giving, through the Fleischner Family Fund at the Pittsburgh Foundation, and the Arts, Equity, and Education Fund, a private family foundation of which Dawn is Chair.

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.”


Valaida Fullwood

Founder,
New Generation of African American Philanthropists

Described as an “idea whisperer,” Valaida Fullwood brings unbridled imagination to her work as a writer, public speaker, and consultant on an array of projects. Valaida is the award-winning author of Giving Back: A Tribute to Generations of African American Philanthropists, a 400-page hardcover book profiling stories of philanthropy among African Americans that was developed with photographer Charles Thomas. Giving Back received the prestigious 2012 McAdam Book Award, which recognizes “the most inspirational and useful new book for the nonprofit sector.” Inspiration for the book is attributed to her 98-year-old great aunt Dora.

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 Gadinsky

Fund Holder,
Miami Foundation

Liebe Gadinsky has been committed to LGBTQ advocacy for over 25 years. On the board of The Miami Foundation, she served as vice chair, treasurer, and programs chair, as well as vice chair of the LGBT Community Projects Fund Advisory Board. Her engagement covers the full circle of philanthropy locally and nationally, from raising funds to distributing them through grantmaking.

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.


Seth Gadinsky

Fund Holder,
Miami Foundation

Seth Gadinsky was inspired by his mother’s commitment to civil rights at an early age when she fought for women’s rights both as a private citizen and then as a long-serving member of the Florida Legislature. As an adult, Seth channeled this passion through work with the Anti-Defamation League where he eventually became board chair for the State of Florida and now sits on the National Executive Committee. “I was drawn to their commitment to secure rights and protections not only for Jews but for all marginalized and discriminated populations.”

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.


Jeanné Isler

Vice President and Chief Engagement Officer,
National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy

Jeanné L. L. Isler is Vice President and Chief Engagement Officer at the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP). Jeanné’s team designs and implements strategies for engaging progressive social justice nonprofits and more than 120 foundation supporters in NCRP’s major initiatives and signature programs.

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.


Dottie Johnson

Trustee,
F. Martin and Dorothy A. Johnson Family Fund

As CEO of the Council of Michigan Foundations for 25 years, Dorothy “Dottie” Ahlburg Johnson created a national model for regional grantmaking. Her work helped galvanize millions in charitable assets for Michigan communities. At the invitation of Presidents Clinton and Bush, Johnson has advised the White House on volunteering and giving. She has also created a national initiative to engage children in philanthropy.

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

Lee Ippolito Jurewitz is Trustee and Chief Administrative Officer for the Ippolito Charitable Foundation of Galveston based in Galveston, Texas. She began working in these roles upon the death of the founder, Carlos Ippolito, in 2012. In her role as CAO, Lee works closely with other family foundations in Galveston and is a member of the Galveston Roundtable of Foundations (a group of family foundations) and serves on the Executive Committee of VISION GALVESTON, currently planning for the future of this vibrant coast city.

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.


Kim Kaupe

Board Member,
Andrus Family Fund

Kim Kaupe is the co-founder of The Superfan Company, a marketing agency that creates fan packages for entertainers and brands. She has been featured on Shark Tank, Inc.’s 35 Under 35, and Forbes 30 Under 30. In 2011 she joined the Andrus Family Fund (AFF) and was Board Chair from 2014–2016. AFF is her second program involvement with the Surdna Foundation as she was also part of their pilot next-gen BETS program from 2006–2008.

Kim has found a worthwhile mission in growing and shaping a next-gen social justice lens within the Andrus Family.


Colleen Durbin Mitchell

Principal,
Venture3Philanthropy

Colleen Durbin Mitchell is the founder and principal of VENTURE3Philanthropy, LLC, a leading global philanthropic advisory firm committed to developing new giving strategies for the greatest social impact. Her advising service utilizes a comprehensive lens spanning the public, private, and social sectors, encouraging clients to explore their intersections in ways that uniquely inspire personal generosity and drive the greatest impact, all while deepening the giver’s own journey. Colleen also serves donors who desire to align their faith journey with their giving strategies.

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.


Juan Olivarez

Distinguished Scholar in Residence for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the Dorothy. A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy

Juan R. Olivarez was named the first Distinguished Scholar in Residence for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy in 2018. Dr. Olivarez was the first Hispanic president of any college or university in the state of Michigan, serving as the eighth president of Grand Rapids Community College, 1999-2008. He later became president of Aquinas College, his alma mater, from 2011–2017. Between these two presidencies, he served as president and CEO of the Kalamazoo Community Foundation.

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.


Lisa Parker

President and
Executive Director,
Lawrence Welk
Family Foundation

Lisa Parker has been President and Executive Director of the Lawrence Welk Family Foundation since 1997, leading the Foundation’s poverty initiatives, seeding the youth giving movement, and creating youth philanthropy programs for the family’s 4th generation.

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 Roswell

Board Member,
Roswell Foundation

Based in Durham, N.C., David Roswell is a trustee of the Roswell Foundation, a small private foundation based in Baltimore, MD. He also serves as a member of the investment committee of the Blaustein Foundation. In his role at the Roswell Foundation, David was instrumental in starting a fund controlled by the next-generation members of the Foundation, focused on funding climate justice in Philadelphia and the Gulf South. David was a chapter leader of the North Carolina chapter of Resource Generation until recently, and continues to be a member organizer. He sits on the board of Durham for All, where he leads up major donor development.

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.


A. Sparks

Chief Executive Officer,
Masto Foundation

Sparks values and is deeply committed to promoting equity based on her experience as a queer, multi-racial, next generation woman in the field of philanthropy. She is currently Executive Director of the Masto Foundation, a U.S.-based family foundation rooted in the Japanese-American community.

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

Trustee,
R.E. Olds Foundation
and
Author, Deep Dark Blue

Polo Reo Tate was born in Lansing, Michigan, where her family has deep ties to the community. Her great-great-grandfather was Ransom Eli Olds (R.E. Olds), an automotive pioneer and prolific inventor.

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.


Heidi Yewman

Board Member,
Women Donors Network
and

Author/Filmmaker,
Beyond the Bullet

Heidi Yewman’s passion for gun violence prevention began in 1999 when her former basketball coach and teacher, Dave Sanders, was killed in the Columbine High School massacre along with 12 students. Heidi is a graduate of Columbine.

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

Vice Chair,
Frey Foundation
and
President,
Successful Generations

Ellie Frey Zagel is 3rd Generation, Vice Chair, and Trustee of her family’s foundation, the Frey Foundation based in Grand Rapids, Mich. For nearly a decade, she has been deeply involved in working with the next generation of family business, family philanthropy, and family wealth, first as Director of the Family Business Alliance and now as President of Successful Generations, a company she recently founded.

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.