Milano at The New School hosts the fourth Big Ideas, Big Gifts, Big Impact: A Conversation with Today's Philanthropists featuring speakers Andrea Soros Colombel, president of Trace Foundation; Abigail E. Disney, president of the Daphne Foundation; and Peter G. Peterson, senior chairman and co-founder of The Blackstone Group.
Abigail Disney is founder and president of the Daphne Foundation, a progressive organization that makes grants to grassroots community-based groups working with low-income communities in New York City.
Fred P. Hochberg
Fred P. Hochberg is chairman and president of the Export-Import Bank of the United States and one of the highest-ranking business leaders in the Obama Administration. Under his leadership, in fiscal year 2010, Ex-Im Bank approved $24.5 billion in export financing, a 70 percent increase over the past two years, which supported $34.4 billion worth of exports and 227,000 American jobs at more than 3,300 US companies. Of these authorizations, more than $5 billion was for small businesses, a record for the bank. The bank also tripled its renewable energy export financing. From 2004 to 2008, Hochberg was dean of Milano, The New School for Management and Urban Policy in New York. From 1998 through 2001, he served as deputy, then acting administrator of the Small Business Administration. Prior to his service at SBA, Hochberg was the long-time president and chief operating officer of the Lillian Vernon Corporation.
The Honorable Peter G. Peterson
Pete Peterson is founder and chairman of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to raising awareness of America’s long-term fiscal challenges and promoting solutions to ensure a better economic future. The Foundation works with leading thinkers, policy experts, elected officials, and the public to build support for efforts to put America on a fiscally sustainable path.
Prior to starting the Foundation, Pete spent more than 50 years working in business and public service. In 1985, he co-founded The Blackstone Group, and over the next two decades he helped to grow the firm into a global leader in alternative investments. In the 1970s and ‘80s, Pete served as chairman and CEO of Lehman Brothers and Lehman Brothers, Kuhn, Loeb Inc. Before working in Washington, Pete was Chairman and CEO of audio-visual equipment manufacturer Bell & Howell, and an executive at advertising firm McCann Erickson.
Andrea Soros Colombel
Andrea Soros Colombel is the founder and president of Trace Foundation, established in 1993 to promote the cultural continuity and sustainable development of Tibetan communities within China. The foundation implements projects in the fields of education, culture, and rural development. In New York, the foundation has also opened the Latse contemporary Tibetan cultural library.
In 2000, Andrea co-founded Tsadra foundation with her husband, Eric Colombel, to support the activities of advanced students of Tibetan Buddhism in the West and preserve rare Tibetan Buddhist resources. Andrea was born in New York in 1965.
She received her B.A. from University of Chicago in literature and holds a graduate certificate from the Bard Center for Environmental Policy. She participated in The Philanthropy Workshop at Rockefeller Foundation in 1995.
Peter G. Peterson, Chairman of the Peterson Foundation and Co-Founder of Blackstone, recounts two stories that helped him learn the meaning of 'enough' and how the lessons prompted him to get involved in philanthropy.