William Mayer, chairman of the board of trustees of the Aspen Institute, offers the big idea of "your gift" at the closing conference of the Ideas Festival.
William E. Mayer
William E. Mayer is the Senior Partner of Park Avenue Equity Partners, a private equity firm. From the fall of 1992 until December 1996, Mr. Mayer was a professor and Dean of the College of Business and Management at the University of Maryland. Mr. Mayer worked at The First Boston Corporation (now Credit Suisse), a major investment bank for 23 years where he held numerous management positions including President and CEO. Mr. Mayer is currently a board member of DynaVox, BlackRock Kelso and Lee Enterprises and is a trustee of the Columbia Group of Mutual Funds. Over the past 30 years, he has been a board member of numerous other public and private companies. Mr. Mayer was Chairman of the Board of the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland and is currently on its Executive Committee. He is the U.S. Chairman of the British-North American Committee, a board member of the Acumen Fund and Atlantic Council, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the U.S. Vietnam Dialogue Group, and Vice Chairman of the Middle East Investment Initiative.