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Events Calendar 2017-2018

Global Philanthropists Circle


Synergos Breakfast on Corporate Leadership on Soil Health
New York, United States, October 4, 2018
Join us for a breakfast meeting with Danone North America CEO Mariano Lozano, who will discuss Danone’s ground-breaking soil health initiative - in partnership with leading experts and academics - to build a best-in-class soil health program to benefit the company’s farmer suppliers and their communities. Taking a collaborative approach with partners like Green America's Center for Sustainability Solutions, Danone North America is focusing on both supply chain stability and long-term environmental benefits such as carbon sequestration through agriculture, reduced emissions, and reduced chemical use. In conversation with Green America CEO, Alisa Gravitz, Lozano will describe what led Danone to double down on soil health, examine the value of multi-sectoral collaboration to achieving supply chain goals, and reflect on how soil and agricultural carbon drawdown represents a promising path to reversing the climate crisis faced by our global food system.

GPC Next Generation Workshop
New York, United States, October 10, 2018
Gather with fellow members and friends for an interactive gathering of our Next Generation network that will tackle issues concerning family legacy, discuss philanthropic interests, and exchange experiences about the role they play in their family’s philanthropy.

GPC Next Generation Happy Hour
New York, United States, October 10, 2018
Continue the conversation and networking – or stop by after work - at an informal happy hour immediately after the GPC Next Generation Workshop.

GPC Shifting the Food System Group: Brooklyn Tour
New York, United States, October 16, 2018
Join fellow members for a special visit to the Brownsville Community Culinary (BCCC), founded by world renowned chef and restaurateur Claus Meyer. Executive Director Philip Hoffman will give our group a private, behind-the-scenes tour of the Center, which serves as a forum through which the Brownsville neighborhood can address and organize around issues of food injustice and support resident-led initiatives. We will conclude the tour with lunch on-site, and a conversation with students and staff of the BCCC’s Culinary Training Program. 

GPC Members Meeting & Spiritual Civilization Gathering
Rome, Italy, October 14-17, 2018
Global philanthropists are invited to the fifth GPC Members Meeting & Spiritual Civilization Gathering in Europe. Participants will come together to exchange successful approaches and challenges to poverty alleviation, increase their knowledge and capacity to act effectively, find inspiration, and explore possibilities for collaboration.

Synergos Learning Journey to Rome
Rome, Italy, October 17-20, 2018
Join Peggy on a special learning journey to Rome. A limited number of participants will have the opportunity to connect with thought leaders in the areas of systemic poverty alleviation, circular economy, impact investing, art and music for social impact, sustainable food systems, we are invited to have exclusive access to some of the most spectacular palaces and private collections, hosted by some of Rome’s leading philanthropists. If you have any questions about our Rome Learning Journey feel free to contact GPC member and Rome Learning Journey co-host, Daniel Schwartz.

Jeffersonian Dinner: The Future of Partnership
San Francisco, United States, October, 2018
This special dinner will bring together GPC members and Synergos friends for a candid conversation on the realities of partnership work, and what lessons we can apply in professional, philanthropic, and personal lives.

Impact Investing Affinity Group Members Dinner: The Role of Mentorship and the Next Generation
San Francisco, United States, October 22, 2018
Join fellow GPC members and selected guests to discuss perspectives on the value and role of mentors in cultivating the next generation of impact investors. GPC Member David Taylor will share his personal experience with his mentor, Margret Trilli, founder and partner at Intentional Capital.


1st Session of the Bridging Leadership Program Brazil III
Brazil, November 23-25, 2018
The Bridging Leadership for Social Investment Program commences with a new cohort of young philanthropists and social investors, brought together for their first immersive weekend long retreat. They will learn what it means to be a bridging leader, share their philanthropic visions amongst peers and acquire valuable lessons on philanthropy and social investment.


Fit-for-Purpose: Impact Investing as a Tool for Social Change
London, United Kingdom, December 2-3, 2018
Co-hosted by The ImPact and the Global Philanthropists Circle, with support from the Amersi FoundationA growing number of business leaders, wealth holders and visionary investors around the world are deploying mission-aligned capital to address social and environmental issues core to their family values. How can they bring their full range of experience and assets to address problems too big to be solved by the public sector alone and also create a lasting legacy? We will explore this question along with many others during an engaging and informative day that convenes members of our two leading peer communities.

1st Session of the Bridging Leadership Progam in Asia
TBD, December 7-9, 2018
Join us as we launch the inaugural Synergos Bridging Leadership for Social Impact program in Asia. Next generation leaders from across Asia are invited to join this four-part program designed to help you transcend the boundaries of perspectives, sectors and, most importantly, of the self and the world.

Synergos Learning Journey to Asia Part I
Manila, the Philippines, December 9-11, 2018
Join Peggy Dulany and David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award honoree and two-time Minister of Social Development Corazon Soliman to explore effective and inclusive approaches to addressing poverty in the Philippines.

Synergos Learning Journey to Asia Part II
Kunming, Yunnan province, China, December 12-16, 2018
Explore innovative approaches and successful public-private partnerships in the far southwest Chinese province of Yunnan with Peggy Dulany and fellow GPC members. Bordered by Vietnam, Myanmar and Laos, Kunming has prospered under the “Go West” Initiative and still remains China’s most ethnically diverse province. We invite you to join us.



Montana Retreat at J Bar L Ranch
Montana, United States, September 9-16, 2018
The annual Montana Retreat allows participants to step outside of their daily routine and environment, providing space in an undisturbed, scenic natural setting to clarify and sharpen individual life purpose. This retreat is designed to enable participants to approach their lives and social engagement in the world with greater joy and clarity. Participants will gain a greater understanding of the world around them (both personal and societal), take a step back and retreat into silence in nature to reflect on what can and must be done in order to align with one’s deepest sense of purpose. They will also share stories, enabling each to form a plan to carry forward what has been learned, through individual and collective visions, intentions, and commitments.

Report Launch: Capacity Building Across Borders- A Strategy for Funders
New York, United States, September 20, 2018
This breakfast panel discussion will explore findings from Synergos research that synthesized interviews and learning from more than 50 organizations and funders from 20 countries to offer recommendation on how funders can develop capacity-building strategy. Featured speakers will be Andy Bryant of the Segal Family Foundation, Thomas Hilbank of the Open Society Foundations, and Radhika Nayar of Dasra.

GPC Impact Investing Affinity Group Workshop: Approaches to Measurement, Evaluation, and Learning
New York, United States, September 20, 2018
This workshop will equip individual and institutional investors with a deeper understanding about the techniques, challenges and best practices used to measure and evaluate the social and environmental impact of impact investments. Featuring Veronica Olazabel of the Rockefeller Foundation and Maryanne Hancock of Rise Labs, and GPC members Gary Ford and Larry Lunt, this workshop will provide ample opportunity to learn, share, co-create and connect around diverse approaches to M&E. The workshop will be followed by a networking cocktail reception.

GPC Members Dinner
New York, United States, September 20, 2018
Gather with fellow members for a special dinner after the GPC Impact Investing Workshop & Cocktail Reception. This informal event will bring together GPC members for a candid conversation on impact investing and exchange experiences, and lessons we can apply in professional, philanthropic, and personal lives.

World of Slavery and Why It Affects Everyone
New York, United States, September 24, 2018
Join GPC members, friends of Synergos, and the anti-trafficking organization Nomi Network for a panel discussion on envisioning a world without slavery. We will discuss ways that Nomi Network has created economic opportunities for both survivors and women at risk of human trafficking, and Maya Vakfi Foundation’s efforts in raising awareness with regards to trauma via structured organized training sessions, such as through their child protection services for vulnerable children.

Impact Investing x System Thinking Retreat
Bali, Indonesia, September 28-30, 2018
Join us on a mini retreat that considers systems thinking alongside impact investment. Built based on David Rockefeller and his daughter Peggy Dulany’s 30 years of experience, the course will focus on using specific elements in our bridging leadership program including bridging leadership, systems thinking, reflection and collaboration on impact investing. To make long-term impact, we must consider ourselves and our role in our system.

JUNE 2018

4th Session of the Bridging Leadership Program in Brazil
Brazil, June 15-17, 2018
After experiencing a learning journey and three other retreats, Next Generations philanthropists come together for the final session of the Bridging Leadership Program, that shall have a special emphasis on the importance of multi-stake holder partnerships and collaborations, as well as systems thinking. Here, each participant will revisit their social practice and be able to plan their next steps as philanthropists, and social investors.

MAY 2018

GPC Lunch on New Forms of Collaboration for Sustainable Global Development
New York, United States, May 7, 2018
In an era of globalization where our cultures, economies and information intertwines, the challenges we are encountering are increasingly complex. Issues such as climate change, human trafficking and refugee crises are no longer contained to countries or regions. This presents an incredible opportunity for us as philanthropists to consider new forms of collaboration for a common future to tackle the world’s biggest challenges. This event includes a special presentation by GPC member Dr. Lu Dezhi on his thoughts on a collective sharing civilization, an interactive discussion with Peggy Dulany and Darren Walker from Ford Foundation, and insightful sharing by GPC member Mohamed Amersi.

GPC Latin America Day
New York, United States, May 7-8, 2018
Join us in taking a closer look at philanthropy and social issues through a regional perspective. This day is all about examining social initiatives in Latin America by understanding the context of its countries, engaging in lively conversation with experts through visiting Institutes and Foundations, as well as learning about the unique aspects and challenges of philanthropy in this part of the world. We will look at models for foundations, shown to us at on-site visits to EPIC and Rockefeller Foundation, in addition to discussing one of the most pressing issues in Latin America with Institute for Economics and Peace, Instituto Igarapé, and Open Society Foundations (to be confirmed): violence. 

David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award
New York, United States, May 8, 2018
Join Synergos for an evening of inspiration about how we can create positive change by deepening trust, strengthening collaboration, and releasing the energy and ideas of individuals, communities, and organizations around the world. At the event, formerly known as University for a Night, we will honor three outstanding global leaders: GPC member Carlos Rodríguez-Pastor, founder of Innova Schools, Corazon Soliman, two-time Minister of Social Development of the Philippines, and Ernesto Garilao, President of the Zuellig Family Foundation. GPC Membership provides each member family with two tickets to this event. To purchase additional tickets or sponsor the event, visit syngs.info/drbla.  

GPC Members Meeting
New York, United States, May 9, 2018
Connect and exchange ideas with fellow Circle Members from around the world for the largest annual convening of the network. Global philanthropists will come together to discuss successful approaches and challenges to poverty alleviation and to increase their knowledge and capacity to act effectively, find inspiration, and explore possibilities for collaboration.

GPC Members Special Screening of MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A.
New York, United States, May 9, 2018
Cinereach and Synergos Institute's Global Philanthropists Circle and its Refugees Affinity Group are hosting a special members-only preview screening of the film MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. The film captures the unforgettable story of Sri Lankan refugee turned pop star M.I.A. and her struggle to form her identity as a refugee, artist, and political activist. This powerful documentary has made waves at the world premiere in Sundance and at its international premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival earlier this year.

GPC Spiritual Civilization Gathering
Tarrytown, New York, United States, May 10, 2018
This full-day meeting will convene all GPC members interested in diving deeper to explore Spiritual Civilization - what can be done to increase consciousness, or awareness, in society of the ideals that drive members of society to help each other and work towards the greater good. The ideals of love, compassion, purpose, altruism, ethics and creativity will be examined on a personal, philanthropic, and societal level through the exchange of stories and reflective practices.

GPC Next Generation Happy Hour
New York, United States, May 10, 2018
Let's ring in summer together! Please join us for sips & nibbles as we convene bar-side at GPC Next Generation Member Eddie Bergman's new gluten-free restaurant Tali.

GPC Montana Reunion
Tarrytown, New York, United States, May 10-11, 2018
This gathering is for those who took part in a past GPC Montana Retreat or Purpose Retreat. Participants will gather at Peggy and Barry´s Tarrytown home to further connect with each other and explore how to build on the experience to increase their effectiveness as human beings – in their work, relationships, and philanthropy.

GPC Webinar on Philanthropy’s Role in Impact Investing, Featuring Root Capital
Webinar 9am-10am Eastern Time, May 23, 2018; 2pm-3pm Eastern Time, May 24, 2018
GPC members are invited to join Michael McCreless, Senior Director of Strategy and Impact at Root Capital, for an interactive webinar focusing on the unique role philanthropy can play in impact investing and the concepts of additionality and the “efficient impact frontier.” Using a selection of Root Capital investments as cases, Michael will introduce a new approach for quantitatively integrating social and environmental impact alongside financial risk and return in investment decision-making. This webinar may be of particular interest to social investors curious about philanthropy’s potential to maintain the moral compass in impact investing - keeping investors focused on the highest-impact opportunities, and by demanding better impact measurement and management practices of investors.

APRIL 2018

GPC Members and Friends Gathering in São Paulo with Peggy Dulany
São Paulo, Brazil, April 12, 2018
GPC members and friends come together with Peggy Dulany to engage in a lively conversation and rich interpersonal exchange about their experiences with philanthropy. Attendees will have a chance to share their stories, and to learn from one another alongside the Synergos Institute founder herself.

3rd Session of the Bridging Leadership Program Brazil
São Paulo, Brazil, April 13-15, 2018
This will be the third session of the Next Generation philanthropists in Brazil and features a retreat in nature, allowing participants to reflect on their individual purpose and commitments, as well as perfecting their inner work with Peggy’s guidance.

GPC Members Lunch on Citizen Journalism
New York, United States, April 16, 12-2pm2018
Join Eva Haller and fellow GPC members for a timely lunch discussion on the power of citizen journalism in the global context, with a spotlight on marginalized communities in India. How can inclusive journalism lead to better-informed and more democratic decision-making? Jessica Mayberry, a veteran journalist and Founder and Executive Director of Video Volunteers, will share her work training rural Indian women in filmmaking and field questions.

Impact Investing Gathering
London, United Kingdom, April 18, 2018
This afternoon session will take place from 2pm to 6pm and will focus on Building a Positive Pipeline: Sourcing Deals for Impact Investment. With a mix of outside expertise and Circle member experience, this interactive session will provide ample opportunity to learn, share, and connect around the latest knowledge in the field.

GPC Members Dinner
London, United Kingdom, April 18, 2018
Gather with other members of the GPC for a members dinner in London following the impact investing gathering earlier this day. This event will be an informal gathering of the network to talk about their philanthropic interests and exchange experiences.

Sheep Shearing Fest for Next Generation Members and Families
Tarrytown, NY, United States, April 28, 2018
This has become an annual event at Stone Barns that families with young children or grandchildren especially enjoy. Peggy will convene fellow members in the Garden Lounge before the group heads out to explore the farm in its springtime glory. The day will include live music and seasonal fare from local vendors, conversations with farmers, education about pasture-raised sheep and other animals, and a dance around the Maypole. When shearing is done, we’ll help to heard sheep out to pasture for the summer season.

US-China Philanthropy Forum
Silicon Valley, California, United States, April 30, 2018
Co-hosted by the Ai You Foundation, this second annual forum will bring together leading Chinese and global philanthropists and foundations for dialogue on the innovations, challenges, and opportunities in philanthropy and social investment today. The role of technology will also take a central role as we bring the event to Silicon Valley.

MARCH 2018

GPC Members Dinner in Southern California
Los Angeles, United States, March 8, 2018
Join fellow members for a discussion over dinner. This event will be an informal gathering of members of our network to talk about their philanthropic interests, exchange ideas and experiences and deepen relationships with each other.

GPC Shifting the Food System Group Retreat: From Gate to Plate
Paicines & Sausalito, California, United States, March 19-21 (Gate) & March 21-22 (Plate), 2018 
Join members and friends-in-the-field for a two-part retreat. Over the course of four days, we will take participants on a food systems journey from “gate to plate.” Members may RSVP for one or both experiences. We kick off on Monday afternoon at Paicines Ranch, two hours south of San Francisco, for an immersive Learning Journey convening impact investors, philanthropists, and agriculture and food systems leaders. Sallie Calhoun, founder-owner of Paicines Ranch, will demonstrate the power of regenerative agriculture in grassland, cropland, and vineyard agroecosystems. Expert-led demonstrations, group discussions, unexpected activities – as well as delicious meals facilitated by Karen Karp and Ben Kerrick of KK&P—will illustrate the power that your work can have in building a more sustainable and resilient food and agriculture system. On Wednesday evening, we will convene at Cavallo Point Lodge overlooking San Francisco Bay in Sausalito, California. The program will start with dinner on the 21st and lead to a full day of programming on the 22nd, to include discussions led by local food system experts, such as the team at Food System 6; site visits to Bay Area food innovators; and peer learning and interactive group sessions.

Family Philanthropy Retreat
San Francisco, California, United States, March 22-24, 2018
Join your fellow members for this two-day retreat at the serene Cavallo Point Resort in San Francisco, CA. Through dialogue, member-led activities, and time in nature we will dive in to some to your top questions about family philanthropy: How do I shape and model values for our children? When and how can I start a conversation about impact investing with my family board? Is there a right and wrong way to balance legacy and history? These questions and more will lay the foundation as we share, learn, and identify strategies to take forward in our own work.