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SFJAZZ DOUG & LENI HERST March 13, 2013 - 2:00pm/7:00pm

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Date March 13, 2013 (Joint Event)
Time 2:00pm/7:00pm
Venue Address SFJazz Center
201 Franklin Street
San Francisco
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Parking User Pay Parking at various garages near 201 Franklin Street
Day Chair Doug & Leni Herst
Takeaway Stimulate your thought, probe your conscience & hopefully support your desire to make a difference on our planet

Please join us for a very special day, examining the impact of our very own YPO & WPO entrepreneurs who are striving for social change with their impactful organizations. Learn how our colleagues are making a difference for people on the edge of poverty in San Francisco, fighting ignorance through literacy in Africa & Asia and saving lives & relieving suffering through the provision of health care & training throughout the world.

While the landscape of Social Entrepreneurs is populated with both for profit & non-profit leaders, Kim Meredith, Executive Director of the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, will first brief us on the landscape of the non-profit segment of these change makers. Jim Donahue, President & Professor of Ethics at the GTU, will challenge our panel & all of us in uncovering the issues around the ethics & spirituality of leading social change & contributing to these organizations. The Social Engineers who will be contributing are as follows:

Daniel Lurie (YPO Golden Gate) Tipping Point Community
Erin Ganju (YPO SF Bay) Room to Read
Nancy Aossey (WPO LA) International Medical Core

Our day will take place near the Opera House at the new SFJAZZ Center, which just opened at the end of January with very positive national press. Charles Phan of Slanted Door & Wo Hing General Store fame will be our caterer.

This day promises to stimulate your thought, probe your conscience & hopefully support your desire to make a difference on our planet. We look forward to this exchange & being with our YPO/WPO friends.

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SFJAZZ Center at the corner of Franklin & Fell on ML King, Jr. - User Pay Parking at various garages near 201 Franklin Street
2:30-2:50 pm CHAPTER MEETING
Jazz Hall
2:50-5:30 pm PROGRAM
Social Entrepreneurs Driving Social Change: Opportunities, Risks, Challenges
Jazz Hall
5:30-7:00 pm RECEPTION
Wine & Heavy Hors d'Oeuvres


Kim Meredith - Executive Director of the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS)- As the inaugural Executive Director of the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS), Kim Meredith has been responsible for strong financial performance and organizational growth. Ms. Meredith joined in July 2009 than one year later led the team to acquire the Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) and she has quadrupled the Stanford PACS research budget. Ms. Meredith brings dynamic and innovative leadership as a savvy non-profit leader to implement the mission of PACS and SSIR.

Ms. Meredith engages scholars, practitioners and leaders in inter-disciplinary research to explore ideas for social change. She serves a unique role by bridging research-to-practice towards informing philanthropy, nonprofit practice, policy and social innovation.

Prior to joining the PACS organization, Ms. Meredith served as the Chief Development Officer for Planned Parenthood Federation of America in New York City. Before joining PPFA, Ms. Meredith served for nine years as the Chief Operating Officer at Planned Parenthood Golden Gate in San Francisco. Meredith launched her business career in corporate America at AT&T for 10 years.

Meredith currently serves on the Board of Directors of the George Lucas Education Foundation and the Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund known as SV2. Ms. Meredith graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Economics. In 2005, she received a fellowship to the Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders.

Dr. James A. Donahue - President and Professor of Ethics, Graduate Theological Union - Dr. James Donahue is the seventh president of the Graduate Theological Union, and the fIrst GTU alumnus to serve in this position. Before returning to the GTU in 2000, Dr. Donahue served as professor of theology and ethics, dean of students and vice president of student affairs at Georgetown University for fIfteen years. He has also held faculty and administrative positions at Boston College and Santa Clara University.

Dr. Donahue has been committed to the public role of ethics and theology throughout his career. He has served as an ethics consultant to various organizations, including the Levi Strauss Corporation, the Department of Defense, CASE-Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, and the Catholic Health Association. At Georgetown University, Dr. Donahue created the fIrst "Ethics across the Curriculum" program in business ethics at the McDonough School of Business. Dr. Donahue has led the GTU to be the preeminent model for theological and religious education in an increasingly interfaith and religiously diverse world. Under his leadership, and with growing recognition for the breadth and excellence of its scholarship, the GTU as a community of scholars is embracing its role as a public voice in an interreligious world.

Dr. Donahue's primary research and teaching interests include ethics and religion in public life, organizational and professional ethics, and issues of moral and religious identity for individuals and institutions. He is the co-author of Ethics across the Curriculum: A Practice-Based Approach (Lexington Books, 2003), and is currently writing The Construction of Identity in an Intemligious World. He is the co-editor of Religion} Ethics and the Common Good (Twenty-Third Publications, 1996).

Dr. Donahue holds a B.A. degree from the College of the Holy Cross, an M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and a Ph.D. from the Graduate Theological Union. His nonprofessional interests range from political engagement and analysis, to jazz, to college and pro basketball. He and his spouse, Jane Purinton, reside in EI Cerrito; they have two grown sons.

Daniel Lurie - CEO + Founder, Tipping Point Community - Before founding Tipping Point Community in 2005, Daniel Lurie worked for the Bill Bradley Presidential Campaign, Accenture Consulting and the Robin Hood Foundation. September 11, 2001 fell within Daniel’s first week of work at Robin Hood and he was humbled in the wake of the tragedy by Robin Hood’s relief efforts among low-income New Yorkers. Over the following few years, Daniel adapted the organization’s model to fit his home community, the San Francisco Bay Area. Since 2005, Tipping Point has raised more than $50 million to educate, employ, house and support more than 160,000 people in need.

Daniel holds a B.A. in Political Science from Duke University and a Master’s in Public Policy from the Goldman School. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Single Stop USA, the Mimi and Peter Haas Fund, and the Levi Strauss Foundation.

Erin Keown GanjuErin Keown Ganju - Co-founder and CEO, Room to Read- SELECTED AS ONE OF FAST COMPANY’S 2012 LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY WOMEN.

Erin Ganju is a business leader, entrepreneur and respected advisor whose passion for literacy and gender equality in education has impacted the lives of millions of children in Africa and Asia. As Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Room to Read, an award-winning global organization dedicated to the belief that World Change Starts with Educated Children, Erin successfully manages worldwide operations across 10 countries in Asia and Africa, seven fundraising offices, a global employee base of over 600 employees and annual revenue of nearly $50 million.

Under Erin’s guidance, Room to Read has become highly regarded for its scalable business model and effective and efficient management. The organization is recognized as a leader in global education and a model for the international non-governmental agency (NGO) community. Working in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments, Room to Read provides children increased access to high quality educational opportunities through its network of libraries and schools, local language children’s books and Girls’ Education program.

Room to Read has earned the Charity Navigator 4-Star Rating for six consecutive years, an honor bestowed upon only three percent of charities rated. Additional recognitions include The Global Journal’s “Top 100 Best NGOs in the World” 2012 ranking, UNESCO’s 2011 Confucius Prize for Literacy, Draper Richards Fellowship, Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, and American Library Association’s Presidential Citation for International Innovation. Room to Read’s Girls’ Education program was profiled in a PBS documentary, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, produced by Independent Television Service (ITVS) through their “Women and Girls Lead” Initiative, to showcase the challenges that girls face in the fight for their right to an education.

A dynamic and accomplished public speaker, Erin has presented to audiences worldwide and served as a featured speaker for numerous conferences including TEDx Berkeley, Chicago Ideas Week and Women of Influence. Erin’s thought leadership is evident in writings on women and leadership, girls’ empowerment, social entrepreneurship and scaling social good for publications and websites including Vogue Australia, Fast Company, Money Magazine, The Huffington Post,,, and In addition, Erin’s extensive experience in education, leadership and women’s rights has led her to serve as a board member for Fortune’s Executive Women’s Board and advisory board member for the Global Social Innovation Competition.


Erin has spent extensive time working and living overseas in Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia and Vietnam, where she has witnessed firsthand the need to enhance developing countries’ educational systems. Prior to joining Room to Read in 2001, Erin held high ranking positions with Silicon Valley-based technology company Dejima, Inc., e-Commerce infrastructure provider Network Commerce, leading consumer products company Unilever N.V., and international investment bank Goldman, Sachs & Co. Erin holds a combined bachelor’s and master’s degree in International Relations and Economics from Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at The Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C. She and her husband, Dr. Jitendra Ganju, have a daughter, Julia. Her family shares her passion for empowering developing communities with educational opportunities.

Nancy A. Aossey - President & CEO of International Medical Corps - In her more than 25 years as President & CEO of International Medical Corps, the Los Angeles-based humanitarian organization, social entrepreneur Nancy Aossey has led the effort to save lives and train health care workers in areas hardest-hit by natural disaster, conflict and disease.

Shortly after International Medical Corps was founded in 1984, Aossey became its startup CEO, one of the first female executives to lead a global humanitarian organization. She scaled up International Medical Corps’ programs – from that first program in Soviet-occupied Afghanistan - today reaching more than 10 million people each year with lifesaving health care and training.

Under her leadership International Medical Corps has responded to many of the major disasters of the last 30 years, including civil war in Angola, war and famine in Somalia, the genocide in Rwanda, ethnic cleansing in Bosnia, conflict in Darfur, the Indian Ocean tsunami, the earthquake in Haiti, the Japan earthquake and tsunami, among many others.

With a current staff of 4,500 and thousands of volunteers, Aossey has transformed International Medical Corps into a preeminent relief and development organization, delivering more than $1.3 billion of assistance to millions of people in nearly 70 countries. Its focus to this day remains training and investing in people to help build the skills of local health workers and leaders so that communities can recover over the long-term and become self-reliant. President Bill Clinton has said: "Nancy believes in turning ideas into action, she's always innovating, working to find solutions to the world's most challenging problems."

Aossey has testified before Congress, briefed the White House, and appeared in most of the major media, including on Good Morning America, CNN's Larry King Live, and National Public Radio. The University of California, San Francisco awarded her its UCSF Medal in 2010 in recognition of her humanitarian contributions. She has also received the Young Presidents' Organization's Global Humanitarian Award, as well as its Legacy Award, and the Los Angeles Business Journal named her its Non-Profit Female CEO of the Year. She serves on the Board of Directors of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah’s Jordan River Foundation/USA, the Pacific Council on International Policy, and the Advisory Board of the RAND Center for Middle East Public Policy. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

The recipient of numerous honorary doctorates, Aossey was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and holds a BA, an MBA, and an honorary doctorate from the University of Northern Iowa.