For many people, wealth is not a goal, but a means to effect positive change in the world. On October 13, our panel will include philanthropists who have taken the "Giving Pledge," a commitment to give away the majority of their wealth during their lifetimes. Join us to discuss how innovations in philanthropy are helping donors make a deeper impact on the causes they care about during their lifetimes.
Emmett D. Carson
Emmett Carson, Ph.D., is an international thought leader in the field of philanthropy. As founding CEO of Silicon Valley Community Foundation in 2006, he led the unprecedented merger of two of the largest community foundations in the world. Today, SVCF has over $6 billion under management, and Emmett oversees the community foundation's work with donors and corporations, whose generous giving has made SVCF both the largest grantmaker to Bay Area nonprofit organizations and the largest international grantmaker among community foundations in the U.S. Before this, Emmett had a distinguished 12-year career as CEO of The Minneapolis Foundation.
Lorry I. Lokey
Lorry Lokey grew up in Portland, Oregon, during the Great Depression, and took his earliest lessons on the value of money and the importance of sharing from his parents. He served with the U.S. Army during World War II before attending Stanford University, where he earned a degree in journalism in 1949. His work for newspapers and in public relations led him in 1961 to start Business Wire, a news release distribution service. He sold the company to Berkshire Hathaway in 2006. For decades, Lorry has focused his philanthropy on education, making gifts to institutions such as Stanford, Mills College and University of Oregon, as well as to the elementary school he attended in Portland, and to seven universities, a high school and a hospital in Israel.
John A. Sobrato
As founder and principal of The Sobrato Organization, John heads one of the most successful real estate development organizations in California, responsible for more than 150 office and R&D facilities totaling 15 million square feet, as well as more than 10,000 apartment units on the west coast. Both corporate and community leaders, John and the Sobrato family are committed to building a strong and vibrant Silicon Valley through the work of Sobrato Philanthropies - providing millions in strategic and general operating support grants, cutting-edge educational initiatives, and land and building donations, along with rent-free office and conference space to Bay Area organizations through their three Nonprofit Centers.
Kat Taylor's life has been dedicated to serving social justice and environmental health. She is CEO of Beneficial State Bank, whose mission is to bring beneficial banking to low-income communities in an economically and environmentally sustainable manner. Beneficial State Bank is the result of a merger between OneCalifornia Bank, which Kat and her husband, Tom Steyer, founded in Oakland, and ShoreBank Pacific. The bank invests its profits in the communities it serves. Kat is also a Founding Director of TomKat Ranch Educational Foundation (TKREF), which is dedicated to sustainable food production through ranching, tours, research, and school lunch and garden programs. She has served on many nonprofit boards, including the Harvard Board of Overseers, Good Samaritan Family Resource Center, Insight Prison Project and KQED. She graduated from Harvard College and earned a J.D./M.B.A. from Stanford University.
Lorry I. Lokey, founder of BusinessWire, explains his motivations for taking the "Giving Pledge". "I've not given a cent of money away in my life. I've invested it. Giving is an Investment," says Lokey.