Join the World Affairs Council's 60th anniversary celebration honoring:
John Doerr, Partner of Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers for venture philanthropy; Bruce Chizen CEO of Adobe Systems, Inc. for global corporate leadership; and Dr. Larry Brilliant Executive Director of Google.org for global citizenship.
Dr. Larry Brilliant
Larry is an M.D. and M.P.H. and a former professor of epidemiology. He helped run the WHO smallpox eradication program in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh; was a staff member of the WHO "Global Commission to Certify Smallpox Eradicated" in Burma, India, Nepal, and Iran; and served as the last UN inspector to visit Iran to search for hidden smallpox.
The author of two books and dozens of articles on the epidemiology of smallpox, blindness, and environmental diseases, he has worked at city, county, state, federal, and international levels. Larry is also the founder of the Seva Foundation, which has performed 2 million free sight-restoring eye operations in India and Nepal.
As a technologist, he was a founder of The WELL, CEO of two public technology corporations (SoftNet Systems Inc. and Network Technologies), and most recently founded the WiFi company, Cometa. Dr. Brilliant is also a recipient of the 2006 TED Prize, which grants him one wish to change the world.
Chief Executive Officer, Adobe Systems Inc.
Chief Executive Officer Bruce Chizen's customer-focused vision has transformed Adobe into one of the world's largest and most diversified software companies in terms of revenue, global reach and breadth of products. Since his promotion to CEO in 2000, Chizen has more than doubled Adobe's revenue and turned a company known mainly for its popular design products into one of the most significant forces in the software industry today.
John Doerr was founding CEO of Silicon Compilers, a CAD software company and co-founder of the first broadband cable network, @Home.
He came to Silicon Valley in 1974 and joined a small chipmaker, Intel, just as they invented the legendary 8080 microprocessor. He worked in engineering, marketing, and sales, where he was a top-ranked sales executive.
Jane Wales is vice president of philanthropy and society at the Aspen Institute, president and CEO of the World Affairs Council, and founder of the Global Philanthropy Forum.
Previously, Wales was a special assistant to President Clinton, senior director of the National Security Council, and associate director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
She also chaired the international security programs at the Carnegie Corporation and the W. Alton Jones Foundation and directed the Project on World Security at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.
Wales is the former national executive director of Physicians for Social Responsibility.
Ladies and gentlemen good evening. Thank you very much. I am GeorgeJames, Chairman of the Board of the World Affairs Council and Ithink we have a very exciting night plan. So thank you very muchfor being here. Tonight we celebrate three individuals who areemblematic of our efforts to connect people,to knowledge and networks they need to better understand ourworld. It is hard to imagine any one more appropriate than our honorariestonight on the 60th anniversary celebration of our founding in 1947 rightafter the charter for the United Nations was signed in the San Francisco.The Council is a non-partisan membership organization dedicated toengaging the public in a discussion of the issues and opportunities thattranscend borders. Among the many outstanding projects in the council isthe Global Philanthropy Forum. Rather than have me describe it let us takea look at this video before we have dinner and thank you very much.Good evening and thank you for coming out tonight to support the WorldsAffairs Council on it's 60th anniversary. We are pleased today to be ableto honor three remarkable individuals and I have the honor to present ourGlobal Citizenship Award to Larry Brilliant. He is an active member of theCouncil's Global Philanthropy forum and he is really an inspiration. He hasworked with the World Affair, - with the World Health Organization tohelp eliminate small pox. He and his wife established the Seva Foundationwhich gives sight to over two million in South East Asia. And now as theExecutive Director of Google.org we know he will continue to shake theworld and inspire positive change.Larry you can join me on stage. On behalf of the World Affairs Council, itis my pleasure to present you with this Award for Global Citizenship.Thank you. I would like to thank you for both of these awards. I wouldalso like to point out that it's really weird seeing that big picture of me upthere. I want to thank my wife Girija who is in the back there and my twosons Jon and Joe who are here and I would like to very much thank all thepeople from the Seva Foundation who are here and from Google.org and Iwould like to thank you all of you very much. Thank you Jane wherever you are.Ladies and gentlemen please welcome Jane Wales who will present theCouncil's 2007 Corporate Citizenship Award.Good evening and welcome. In deciding to honor Bruce Chizen and thecompany he leads Adobe we were particularly struck by that company'scommitment and his commitment to the education of our youth. It's acommitment that the Council shares. We offer teacher training in WorldHistory and of course, we offer scholarships to kids to learn more about their world.Bruce's personal commitment, to education was demonstrated by thefounding, the launching last year of Adobe's youth voices which givesyoung people the tools to express themselves creatively and to collaborate,to work cooperatively. Adobe's teacher training seminars Digital KidsClub and online forums are also designed to empower young people withthe tools that they need to succeed. So please join me in welcoming andrecognizing Bruce Chizen and Adobe for Corporate Citizenship.This is a fragile world. We are going to take it away from you for a moment.Great. Thank you Jane. It's an honor to be recognized here tonight. I alsowant to congratulate the two other award recipients Dr. Larry Brilliant andJohn Doerr who I respect for their achievements. I also want tocongratulate and commend Jane along with the members of the WorldAffairs Council on 60 years of engaging citizens in national and globalissues. Through their efforts thousands of people have participated indialogues on the most important issues of our time, freedom anddemocracy, terrorism and immigration just to name a few. I am particularlyimpressed by the work that they do with high school students. One of thefocus areas for Adobe and because of that tonight I am pleased toannounce that we are going to grant $25000 towards the support of theWorld Affairs Council Scholarship Program. Thank you again on behalf ofmyself and the Adobe employees.Please welcome former council Chairman Bill Draper who will present theCouncil's 2007 Venture Philanthropy Award.This is going to be a little longer. My father was an amateur magician. Heearned his way through college going down the New Jersey coast fromtown to town known as the motorcycle magician. He came to SiliconValley in 1959 and started the first venture capital company in the west. Hedied in 1974, the very year that another magician came, riding into thevalley to practice his slight of hand in venture capital.John Doerr with his bewitching personality is a magician on the order ofHoudini. Sure, some of his power comes from good education, throughengineering degrees from Rice an MBA from Harvard but no one, no one,no one could have accomplished what John Doerr has accomplished in thepast 30 years without the power of magic. He waves his wand andpowerful companies are born with the help of a bit of money from hisventure capital company Kleiner, Perkins - Caufield & Byers sorryBrooks. He waves his wand again and the money is restored 10, 20 ahundred times over from grateful entrepreneurs who with John's magic builtAmazon into Sun and Google just to name a few.Forbes Magazine agrees with me that he is an alchemist. And they list himas number two on their Midas list this year. But money alone doesn't drivethis wonderful exciting, enchanting man. Building companies is an importantpart of his life and he is passionate about them, every one of them evengoal right John.Right.But good non-profit causes make him absolutely levitate. His wife Ann andhe founded the new school's venture fund with Ted Smith and his wife.They create charter schools for under served, k through 12 students inurban settings. He waves his wand and more magic. The Bill and MelindaGates Foundation of course, decide they should give $22 million to thischarming guy who is frisking everybody in sight. Hold on to your wallets tonight.He co-founded TechNet which took Silicon Valley in its causes toWashington, a place where I happen to know nothing gets done withoutmagic. Our favorite magician cast his spell on the public as well. He cochaired the successful Proposition 39 raising $18 billion funding for publicschools and he co-chaired the Brilliant campaign for 70 Prop 71authorizing $3 billion for stem cell research with overwhelming successagainst overwhelming odds, sheer magic. Today John the wizard is leadingthe charge in Silicon Valley for green technology and global fight againstinfectious diseases. My father would be pleased to know there is still magicin Silicon Valley and that a good man with a big heart and an extraordinaryenergy is performing it so well. Welcome John Doerr.Oh Bill said he went a little over the top; I think that's an understatement.When he told me of this award I said you have got to be kidding, this issome kind of mistake. I didn't do these things, it was entrepreneurs andwhat I have learnt from my partners' Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers isit's the entrepreneurs could do more than any one things possible, less thanany one things possible. And where we live and what we stand for andwhat this organization stands for is empowering, supporting, assisting anyway we can entrepreneurs. Sure those technology entrepreneurs but alsothe social entrepreneurs, the education entrepreneurs, the povertyentrepreneurs, the global health entrepreneurs, the climate crisisentrepreneurs. We will talk more about those in just a moment so.Despite the error of someone's judgment in honoring me with this award Iam extraordinarily grateful. And I want to thank my friends who are heretonight, my partners and my wife Ann and my 15-year old daughter, Mary.Thank you.