Top foundation presidents to share insights at Innovation Conference

Technologists, innovative educators and health care experts are all part of SVCF’s Innovation Conference – and attendees will hear from top foundation executives as well. 

At the Innovation Conference, philanthropists, grantmakers and corporate responsibility professionals will come together at the Hilton Union Square in San Francisco Oct. 9-11 to explore how emerging technologies are transforming education, health, jobs and the economy, and big data. Please register by September 12!

The conference will close with a conversation among foundation leaders about the role philanthropy can play in maximizing opportunities and minimizing hardships brought forth by new technology. SVCF is pleased to have these renowned leaders participating the panel: 

Ian Bird, President of Community Foundations of Canada

Ian Bird is well known for his ability to bring together groups of people to affect change. Bird has expanded CFC’s circle of champions to include new voices and expertise, to build new partnerships based on common interests and outcomes, and has worked hard to find new ways for the movement to address complex community issues. 

Watch the video below to hear Bird share his insights on community foundations: 

Learn more about Bird, or follow him on Twitter at @IanBird_Canada.  

Alberto Ibargüen, President and CEO of Knight Foundation

Alberto Ibargüen studied at Wesleyan University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Ibargüen is the former publisher of The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald, and served in the Peace Corps in Venezuela’s Amazon Territory. Ibargüen then moved on to Columbia where he served as the Peace Corps Programming and Training Officer. After law school, he practiced law in Hartford, Connecticut until he joined The Hartford Courant, then Newsday in New York, before moving to Miami.

Ibargüen is trustee emeritus of the Newseum in Washington, D.C., where he served as board chair. He also chaired the board of PBS and served on the boards of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Committee to Protect Journalists and ProPublica.

Watch the video below to hear Ibargüen speak at the Knight Foundation’s roundtable series: 

Learn more about Ibargüen and follow him on Twitter at ‎@ibarguen

Sally Osberg, President and CEO of the Skoll Foundation

Sally Osberg has been an entrepreneurial leader and catalyst for social change throughout her career. She propels those around her with her life philosophy and mantra, captured in one word: "Onward!" 

As president and CEO of the Skoll Foundation, Osberg guides the organization in its search and support of innovators pioneering scalable solutions to pressing global problems. Osberg has been been recognized as one of Silicon Valley’s Millennium 100 by the San Jose Mercury News and among the social sector’s 50 most influential leaders by The NonProfit Times.

Watch the video below to hear Osberg speak on social entrepreneurship:

Learn more about Osberg or follow her on Twitter at ‎@SallyOsberg.

Julia Stasch, President of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Julia Stasch is a summa cum laude graduate of Loyola University, and holds a master's degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Stasch brings with her a broad background of leadership in business, government and philanthropy, and previously worked for the City of Chicago, first as Commissioner of the Department of Housing and as Chief of Staff to then Mayor Richard M. Daley.

Stasch is also on the steering committee for World Business Chicago’s Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs and is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago, the Economic Club, and The Chicago Network.

Watch the video below to hear Stasch discuss the future of philanthropy: 

Learn more about Stasch

Darren Walker, President of Ford Foundation

Darren Walker has been a leader in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors for over two decades. Walker has also had a decade-long career in international law and finance at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and UBS. 

A true lead in the world of philanthropy, Walker led the philanthropy committee that helped bring a resolution to the city of Detroit’s historic bankruptcy and chairs the U.S. Alliance on Impact Investing. 

Darren received the “Distinguished Alumnus Award,” the highest honor given by his alma mater, the University of Texas at Austin. In 2016, TIME magazine added Walker to its annual list of the “100 Most Influential People in the World.” 

Watch the video below to hear Walker discuss income inequality with a Bloomberg panel: 

Learn more about Walker and follow him on Twitter at @darrenwalker.