Dr. Pratt is a distinguished educator who served for ten years as Head of the prestigious Brentwood School in Los Angeles. In his very first semester at the school he came face to face with one of the most pressing issues affecting education today – adolescent alcohol and drug use.
Kirsten Komoroske, Executive Director of the Walt Disney Family Museum located in San Francisco, discusses the museum’s unique mission to give visitors an inside look at Walt Disney as a human – and not simply a brand, through his unwavering enthusiasm for his vision of an animated world, his perseverance through financial hardship, and his incredible story-telling skills, brought to life.
President & CEO John Gressman discusses maximizing access to health policy resources by pooling collective administrative and experiential resources of the Consortium, which enables more funding to focus on direct services.
Interim Program Officer for Arts and Culture Moy Eng discusses fundraising and funding for the arts from her perspective as a development professional for diverse organizations (inc. for the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater Foundation), and as an art funder (inc. for the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation).
Thinking differently can pay off, particularly for nonprofits faced with the challenges of operating today. Mark shares some of the experiences of nonprofits that are thinking beyond conventional solutions to strengthen their organizations. Event: California Council of Land Trusts 2009 Conference
Melissa Smith, Conservatory Director and Head of Acting of the American Conservatory Theater (A.C.T.), discusses the importance for actors in training to interact with communities to develop empathy and a greater capacity to appreciate humanity.
Elizabeth Babcock, Chief Public Engagement Officer of the California Academy of Sciences, discusses the unique elements of one of the largest cultural attractions on the West Coast, including initiatives to improve access to STEM education, unique conservation efforts of endangered species, and its fascinating exhibits that are key to inspiring learning through discovery.
Minister of Liberation Cecil William discusses the founding and future of Glide as an organization that celebrates unconditional love and advances social justice.Cecil Williams was born in San Angelo, Texas, and in 1955 he became one of the first five African American graduates of the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. He became pastor at Glide in 1963, focusing not just on ministering to Methodists in the community, but also on the never ending struggle to secure justice for all, particularly for the impoverished, disenfranchised and marginalized among us. Glide has served the poor and disenfranchised for over 40 years and has been at the forefront of anti-poverty, civil rights, HIV/AIDS, recovery, gender equality, tolerance, and other battles. With diverse programs, including meals, health, family services, training and employment, recovery, supportive housing,among others Glide has been a major force for social justice.