Monday, May 2, 2016
8:00 am — 4:00 pm
Fee: $35; $25 for additional staff; $40 at door
Doubletree Hotel Tarrytown
Luncheon and Keynote Speaker
Adam Braun is a New York Times bestselling author and the Founder of Pencils of Promise, an award-winning organization that has broken ground on more than 300 schools around the world.
As one of the nation's leading speakers on purpose-based leadership and innovation, he has been featured as a speaker at The White House, the United Nations and the Clinton Global Initiative. Adam’s story proves that anyone can take small steps to lead a successful and significant life. By the age of 31 he was already named to Business Insider’s “40 Under 40,” Wired Magazine's “50 People Who Are Changing the World,” and was selected as one of the World Economic Forum’s first ten Global Shapers.
In 2015 he joined a coalition to address global challenges with Kofi Annan, Desmond Tutu and several Nobel Peace Prize winners. Braun began working summers at hedge funds when he was just sixteen years old, sprinting down the path to a successful Wall Street career. But while traveling abroad he met a young boy begging on the streets of India. When Braun asked him what he wanted most in the world, he simply answered, “a pencil.” This small request became the inspiration for Pencils of Promise, the organization Braun would leave Bain & Company several years later to launch.
Using his unique “for-purpose” approach, he meshed for-profit business acumen with non-profit idealism, proving that anyone can build a movement that matters. Braun graduated from Brown University and is a highly sought after speaker at major conferences and Fortune 500 companies. With over 500,000 followers he is one of America's most engaging entrepreneurs and in 2015 he received the nation’s most prestigious award for public service, the Jefferson Award.
His book The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create Extraordinary Change debuted at #2 on the New York Times bestseller list and went on to become a #1 national bestseller. In the words of Sir Richard Branson, "For anyone with a big dream to change the world, this book will show you how to get it done."
Jonathan F.P. Rose
Jonathan F.P. Rose’s business, public policy and not-for-profit work all focus on creating more environmentally, socially and economically resilient cities. In 1989, Mr. Rose founded Jonathan Rose Companies LLC, a multi-disciplinary real estate development, planning, and investment firm which has successfully completed more than $1.5 billion of work. In 2005, the firm launched the nation’s first green transit oriented acquisition and redevelopment fund, followed by several green affordable housing and office transformation funds. The company’s mission is to repair the fabric of communities.
The firm’s work touches many aspects of community health; working with cities and not-for-profits to build not only affordable and mixed-income housing, but also cultural, health and educational infrastructure. The firm’s innovative development, planning, investment, new construction, conversion and historic preservation work has won awards from a wide range of notable organizations including: the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Urban Land Institute, the American Planning Association and the American Institute of Architects.
Mr. Rose’s book on resilient cities, The Well Tempered City, will be published by Harper Collins in 2016. Mr. Rose is Vice Chair of Enterprise Community Partners. He also serves on the Board of the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and is an Honorary Member of the American Institute of Architects. He is a Honorary Trustee of the American Museum of Natural History and Jazz at Lincoln Center.
Mr. Rose chaired the Metropolitan Transit Authority’s Blue Ribbon Sustainability Commission, which developed the nation’s first green transit plan, and was a commissioner on Governor Cuomo’s NYS 2100 Commission, tasked with identifying strategies for the long-term resilience of New York State’s infrastructure post-Hurricane Sandy.
Mr. Rose and his wife Diana Calthorpe Rose are the co-founders of the Garrison Institute. The Institute connects inner transformation with outer solutions to relieve suffering in the fields of trauma, education and the environment. Mr. Rose graduated from Yale University in 1974 with a B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy, and received a Masters in Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania in 1980.