Our 15th annual meeting, which will take place in Charleston, South Carolina, from Thursday, November 9, to Saturday, November 11, will be one of our best ever. Here are just some of the extraordinary speakers at this gathering:
Dr. Julie Gerberding, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will speak Thursday afternoon about pandemics, bioterrorist attacks, and how philanthropists can help communities prepare for and respond to such public health emergencies.
Micheal Flaherty, president of Walden Media, turns great stories from literature and history, such as The Chronicles of Narnia, into blockbuster movies. He will speak Thursday evening about philanthropy and popular culture, and show a pre-release edition of Amazing Grace—about William Wilberforce, the great British crusader against the slave trade.
Tom Tierney was the CEO who built Bain and Company into the one of the world’s pre-eminent business-strategy consulting firms. He also chairs the Bridgespan Group, Bain’s nonprofit-consulting arm, and is one of the world’s leading authorities on nonprofit management. He will speak Friday morning about “The Leadership Deficit in Nonprofits—And What Philanthropists Can Do About It.”
Paul Gigot, editorial page editor of the Wall Street Journal, is one of the world’s most thoughtful political commentators. Speaking Friday evening, three days after Election Day, he will analyze how politics, economics, and culture have been transformed in the 15 years since The Philanthropy Roundtable was founded in 1991, and suggest what the 2006 vote means for the future.
Norman Francis, the long-time president of Xavier University in New Orleans, will speak on Friday about “Raising Minority Achievement on Campus.” Under his leadership, this small Catholic college has become a giant in science education for African Americans. More black doctors have received their undergraduate degrees at Xavier than at any other college. And Xavier grants more bachelors degrees in the physical and biological sciences to African Americans than any other college.
Bart Peterson, the Democratic mayor of Indianapolis, is a national leader in authorizing high-quality charter schools, and then holding them accountable for results. He is speaking on Friday about “The Emerging Left-Right Consensus in Education Reform.”
William H. “Chip” Mellor is president of the Institute for Justice, a nonprofit law firm which litigates on behalf of individuals whose rights are violated by government. After the Supreme Court ruled in Kelo v. New London that public authorities can take private property to benefit private interests, IJ built a bipartisan, multiracial coalition that has secured enactment in 30 states of protections against this kind of eminent domain abuse. Mellor will speak on Friday about “How Property Rights Open Opportunity for Low-Income Families.”
Erik Prince is CEO of Blackwater USA, a highly innovative for-profit company providing military, law enforcement, and peacekeeping services. He will speak at Friday’s lunch about the role of private enterprise in humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.
E.D. Hirsch Jr. is founder of the Core Knowledge Foundation, a professor at the University of Virginia, and the acclaimed author of Cultural Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know. Roundtable board member Chester E. Finn Jr. will interview Hirsch on Friday about his new book The Knowledge Deficit, a vigorous critique of theories of progressive education that de-emphasize content knowledge.
R. Glenn Hubbard, first chairman of President George W. Bush’s Council of Economic Advisers, is dean of the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. He will speak on Friday about “The Future of the Business School,” along with two sharp critics of MBA programs: Carl Schramm, president of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation (see Philanthropy’s interview with Schramm on page 16), and Texas oilman Jeff Sandefer, founder of the Acton Business School.
Ernest A. Blackwelder is senior vice president of Business Executives for National Security and runs BENS’ Business Force operations for disaster preparedness, with a focus on surge capacity and supply chain management, mass vaccination and treatment, and business-government “fusion centers” to coordinate communications in a crisis. He will speak Saturday about “Improving Disaster Preparedness in Your Community.”
Arthur Brooks of Syracuse University will speak on Saturday about America’s charity divide—who gives and who doesn’t. In his new book, Who Really Cares, he argues that charitable giving is associated with strong families, frequent religious attendance, earned (rather than state-subsidized) income, and the belief that individuals, not government, offer the best solution to social ills.
For more information, see our website, or the ad in this magazine on pages 19-22. My colleagues at The Philanthropy Roundtable hope you will join us, and we look forward to seeing you.
Adam Meyerson is president of The Philanthropy Roundtable.