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Events Calendar 2018-2019

Global Philanthropists Circle

DECEMBER 2018

Synergos GPC Members Dinner
Manhattan Beach, California, December 2, 2018
Please join GPC west coast members for dinner and conversation at the home of GPC member Bob Abernethy from 5-8pm. We look forward to seeing you in December!

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 Foundation. A 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.

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.

JANUARY 2019

Bridging Leadership Program II in Mexico: Systems Thinking
Veracruz, Mexico, January 25-26, 2019
Philanthropists and social investors come together for the second session of the Bridging Leadership Program. Bridging Leadership program participants learn how to embrace systems change, bridge gaps, and collaborate with multi-sector stakeholders (including government, private sector and civil society) in order tackle complex social inequalities. This session will have a special emphasis on the importance of systems thinking. Learn more about the Bridging Leadership Program in Mexico.

Synergos Learning Journey to Mexico and Cuba
Mexico & Cuba, January 26-Feb 2, 2019
We are pleased to invite you to join Synergos in Mexico and Cuba. This learning journey will be an opportunity to broaden your perspective, dive into complexity, and apply the bridging leadership lens to some of the key social and environmental questions of our times. We will learn from the work of our members and other leaders in the social sector. We will begin our journey in the coastal city of Veracruz, the vibrant metropolis of Mexico City and fascinating Havana. Our schedule offers time for learning, moments of reflection and opportunities for collaboration. Learn more about the upcoming Learning Journey.

FEBRUARY 2019

GPC Webinar with Ayşe Belger and FPG Child Development Institute
February, 2019
GPC Member Ayşe Belger is the new director of the FPG child development Institute at the University of North Carolina. This is a landmark institute, for 15 years it has been advancing research practice and policy in the area of child adversity, child education, child health, and child mental health. Join this webinar to learn about Ayşe’s work and discuss how philanthropists can improve children’s lives, especially those in poverty or areas of the world that are less resourced.

MARCH 2019

Reunion of September 2017 Funders of Mindfulness and Spirituality Gathering 
San Francisco, California, March 1, 2019
Just over a year ago 70 individuals gathered in Scotts Valley, California for the first-ever gathering for funders of mindfulness, spirituality, and consciousness. Together we shared our individual practices and projects, deepened relationships, and crafted ideas for collaborative action. Join us for a special reunion for gathering participants in San Francisco. Over a salon discussion and early dinner we will reground, reconnect, and share updates on the key themes and actions that emerged at our 2017 gathering.

APRIL 2019

Bridging Leadership Program III in Mexico
Saltillo, Mexico, April 5-6, 2019
Bridging Leadership program participants learn how to embrace systems change, bridge gaps, and collaborate with multi-sector stakeholders (including government, private sector and civil society) in order tackle complex social inequalities. For part 3 of the Mexico BL program, participants will undergo a journey of personal reflection. The aim is to increase self-awareness, vision and individual mission, awareness of the system, and consequently align intentions and actions.

Latin America Philanthropists Circle gathering
Mexico City, April 8, 2019
The Latin America Philanthropists Circle is a community of some of the top philanthropists and social investors in the Latin American region. With initial country chapters being launched in Brazil and Mexico, we offer unique opportunities for peer learning and collaboration while leveraging the global connections of the Synergos Institute, enabling members to be more strategic and effective.

Members Gathering with Peggy Dulany
São Paulo, Brazil, April 11, 2019
Members of the GPC and Latin America Philanthropists Circle 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.

Bridging Leadership Brazil III Session 3
São Paulo, Brazil, April 12-14, 2019
Led by Peggy Dulany, the third session of Bridging Leadership in Brazil features a retreat in nature, allowing participants to reflect on their individual purpose and commitments, as well as exploring the theme of inner work and its importance in philanthropy.

MAY 2019

Synergos Philanthropy Week in New York
New York, United States, May 7-10, 2019
Connect and exchange ideas with fellow Circle Members from around the world for the first of three major convenings of the network in 2019. Global philanthropists and social investors will come together to discuss ways to solve complex problems of poverty and to increase their knowledge and capacity to act effectively, find inspiration, and explore possibilities for collaboration. The annual GPC Members Meeting and Affinity Group discussions will be a part of the program, as well as peer consulting sessions and Bridging Leadership training.

David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award
New York, United States, May 7, 2019
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 outstanding global leaders. GPC Membership provides each member family with two tickets to this event. To purchase additional tickets or sponsor the event, contact a member of the Synergos Philanthropy team.

GPC Spiritual Civilization Gathering
New York, United States, May 10, 2019
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 Montana Reunion
New York, United States, May 10-11, 2019
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.

JUNE 2019

Bridging Leadership Mexico
Mexico City, June 3, 2019
Bridging Leadership program participants learn how to embrace systems change, bridge gaps, and collaborate with multi-sector stakeholders (including government, private sector and civil society) in order tackle complex social inequalities.

Bridging Leadership Brazil III Session 4
São Paulo, Brazil, June 14-16, 2019
Participants of the Bridging Leadership Program come together for their fourth and final session of the program, that will have a special emphasis on the importance of multi-stake holder partnerships and collaborations, as well as systems thinking. Here, they will revisit their social practices and be able to plan their next steps as philanthropists and social investors.

Gathering for Funders of Mindfulness and Spirituality 
Switzerland, June 17-19, 2019
If you are a funder or investor supporting mindfulness, consciousness, mind science, wellness, spirituality, and/or faith, join like-minded peers to exchange ideas and best practices. We are gathering at a peaceful and natural setting picturesque Switzerland to share projects and learnings, connect with peers and explore potential collaborations, and participate in contemplative and reflective practices. Our goal is to create a gathering where we can share knowledge and strengthen relationships to build a wider pool of partners and collaboration opportunities.

Latin America Philanthropists Circle Gathering
São Paulo, Brazil, June 6-7, 2019
This two-day gathering will feature guest speakers and rich conversations on the field of philanthropy in Latin America, including one day in which local philanthropists from outside the Synergos network will also be invited to join. During this gathering, philanthropists from the Latin America will have a chance to connect with one another and explore possibilities of collaboration, as well as a chance to discuss relevant issues regarding their own philanthropy. Bridging Leadership and Systems Thinking will be especially looked at as forms of creating impact, and in order to go even further into these topics, attendees will also participate in a learning visit. In addition, due to the regional nature of this gathering, pressing issues that affect the social landscape of Latin America and how they shape philanthropy will be a key theme.

Latin America Philanthropists Circle Retreat
Countryside of São Paulo, Brazil, June 8, 2019
To continue deepening relationships and crafting ideas for collaborative action, members of the Latin America Philanthropists Circle will come together for a full day amongst nature in a peaceful setting close to São Paulo.  Here, the group will also reflect on how innerwork (mindfulness and consciousness) play a role in their individual practices and projects.

SEPTEMBER 2019

Latin America Philanthropists Circle Learning Journey
Colombia and Peru, September 7-14, 2019
This will be the second opportunity of the year for members to embark on a special learning journey to a Latin American destination. Participants will also have the opportunity to connect with thought leaders and visit sites where important, innovative philanthropic work that relates to Latin American issues is being done. The group’s closer bond since the first learning journey and subsequent events can allow for new opportunities of collaboration, as well as more profound insights to occur.

OCTOBER 2019

Synergos Philanthropy Week in Europe
United Kingdom, October 13-16, 2019
Connect and exchange ideas with fellow Circle Members from around the world for the second of three major convenings of the network, to be held in Europe. 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 Spiritual Civilization Gathering
United Kingdom, October 14, 2019
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.

Latin America Philanthropists Circle Dinner
São Paulo, Brazil, October 22, 2019
Brazilian members of the Latin America Philanthropists will come together to connect and exchange ideas over dinner. Attendees will have an opportunity to discuss the importance of collaboration, bringing examples from their own projects, besides making the most of being among peers by gaining input and offering advice to one another. This dinner may also have a specific theme, chosen beforehand according to the members’ preferences.

NOVEMBER 2019

Synergos Philanthropy Week in California
California, November 14-16, 2019
Connect and exchange ideas with fellow Circle Members from around the world for the third of three major convenings of the network, to be held in California. 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.

Latin America Philanthropists Circle Gathering
São Paulo, Brazil, November 27, 2019
This full-day meeting will convene Latin America Philanthropist Circle members to dive deep into how Bridging Leadership, Systems Thinking and Partnerships have been present in their own philanthropy. Recurring themes and needs the group has presented throughout the year will be further explored, allowing for the exchange of stories and reflective practices in order to further connect members with one another.

Bridging Leadership Brazil IV Session 1
São Paulo, Brazil, November 29-December 1, 2019
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. Here, they begin to learn about what it means to be a bridging leader, share their philanthropic visions among peers and acquire valuable lessons on philanthropy and social investment.