NEW YORK, April 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Harvard Business School Club of New York (HBSCNY), the world's largest alumni chapter of Harvard Business School (HBS), will honor five leaders in business, arts and social enterprise at its 49th Annual Leadership Dinner scheduled for May 18, 2016.
The annual event supports the operations and mission of the Club, providing infrastructure and support to unlock and leverage the talent that volunteer HBS alumni bring to activities for the school, our alumni and the greater NYC community. These activities include Continuous Education, Career Assistance and Forums, Community Partners, Skills Gap, Senior programs, and Entrepreneurship, as well as grants for interns to early stage companies and scholarships for Social Enterprise Executives and HBS MBA students.
Through the Community Partners Program, HBS alumni volunteers annually provide $5 million of pro-bono consulting services to developing non-profit organizations in greater NYC. The Entrepreneurship Board and our Startup Partners mentor program bring high quality, pro bono advice to developing companies. HBSCNY's Skills Gap program is bridging the gap between education and business, and helping to develop job-oriented curriculum at community college for careers in health care and start up business.
The partnership of dinner supporters and the efforts of 500 plus volunteer alumni have created a unique organization that is empowered to make a significant difference. HBSCNY's Skills Gap Program gives need-based grants to interns at city community colleges working in NYC early-stage companies. Scholarships provided by the Club include the HBSCNY Fellowship Fund at HBS and multiple full scholarships for local non-profit leaders to attend the Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management Course at HBS.
John Paulson (MBA '80) and Jane Fraser (MBA '94) will be recognized for distinguishing themselves through exemplary leadership in the world of business and for their extraordinary contributions to their communities. Wynton Marsalis (Honorary Music Degree, Harvard College -2009) and Jeffrey Walker (MBA '81) will be recognized for excellence in social enterprise. Leslie Wohlman Himmel (MBA '78) will be recognized for her outstanding accomplishments as an entrepreneur and philanthropist. Deborah Farrington (MBA '76), founder and general partner of StarVest Partners, will serve as chair for the dinner, which will take place at the American Museum of Natural History.
"We are proud to bring together such distinguished leaders within the New York City business and arts community to raise funds for scholarship, entrepreneurship and social enterprise," said Katherine Bahamonde Monasebian, president of HBSCNY. "This fundraising event is designed to inspire other business leaders to contribute to philanthropic and community endeavors by learning from exceptional examples."
John Paulson, Founder, President and Portfolio Manager of Paulson & Co., to receive HBSCNY's Business Statesman Award. Paulson & Co. is an SEC-registered investment management company specializing in global merger, event arbitrage and credit strategies with approximately $17 billion of assets under management. The firm was founded in 1994 and is headquartered in New York with offices in London and Hong Kong. Paulson serves on the Boards of New York University; the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Central Park Conservancy; the 92nd Street Y; the Council on Foreign Relations; the Partnership for New York City and the Deans Advisory Board of the Harvard Business School.
Jane Fraser, Chief Executive Officer of Citigroup Latin America, to receive HBSCNY's Leadership Award. Fraser leads Citi's businesses in the 23 countries comprising this important region, including Mexico. Jane sits on Citi's Operating Committee. Previously, she was Chief Executive Officer of U.S. Consumer and Commercial Banking and CitiMortgage, responsible for Retail Banking, Commercial Banking, Small Business Banking, and Wealth Management in the U.S. and Citi's residential home mortgage lending business globally. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Banamex, the Board of Directors of Banco de Chile, the Board of Directors of the Council of the Americas as well as the Board of Directors of the Association of American Chambers of Commerce in Latin America (AACCLA).
Wynton Marsalis, Honorary Music Degree Harvard College, Jazz at Lincoln Center, to receive HBSCNY's John C. Whitehead Social Enterprise Award. Wynton Marsalis is a world-renowned trumpeter, composer, educator and leading advocate of American culture. He made his recording debut in 1982, and has since recorded more than eighty jazz and classical recordings, and has won nine GRAMMY® awards. In 1983, he became the first and only artist to win both classical and jazz GRAMMYs® in the same year. Today Wynton is the only artist ever to win Grammy Awards® in five consecutive years (1983-1987). Marsalis is the recipient of honorary doctorates from over twenty-five of America's top academic institutions. In 1997, Marsalis became the first jazz artist to be awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Music for his oratorio Blood on the Fields, commissioned by Jazz at Lincoln Center. In 2001, he was appointed Messenger of Peace by Mr. Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations, and in 2005 Wynton received The National Medal of Arts, the highest award given to artists by the United States government. Marsalis helped lead the effort to construct Jazz at Lincoln Center's home—Frederick P. Rose Hall—the first education, performance, and broadcast facility devoted to jazz, which opened its doors in October 2004. He currently serves as Jazz at Lincoln Center's Managing and Artistic Director and Director of Jazz Studies at The Juilliard School.
Jeffrey C. Walker, Vice Chair in the United Nations Envoy's Office for Health Finance and Malaria to receive HBSCNY's John C. Whitehead Social Enterprise Award. Walker currently serves on the Boards of New Profit, The University of Virginia, Berklee College of Music, Lincoln Center Film Society, The Miller Center, CharityStrong, AmpUP, AMP for Health and University of Virginia's Undergraduate Business School, where he was President for ten years. Jeff serves on the Board of Visitors of the University of Virginia. Jeff is Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of The Quincy Jones Musiq Consortium, was Chairman of The Council of Foundations at University of Virginia (UVA), serves on the Dean's Board of Advisors and was on the Visiting Committee at the Harvard Business School.
Leslie Wohlman Himmel, Founder and Co-Managing Partner of Himmel + Meringoff Properties, to receive HBSCNY's Entrepreneurship Award. Himmel + Meringoff Properties is one of New York's leading real estate owners with a commercial real estate portfolio comprised of over two million square feet and valued at more than $1 billion. In 2011, Himmel received the Real Estate Board of New York (REBNY) Mendik Lifetime Leadership Award for exceptional leadership. She has served on the REBNY Board of Governors since 2001, and also serves on the Board of the Executive Committee. In 1992, Himmel founded and continues to co-chair REBNY's Economic Development Committee, which works with New York City officials to support economic development initiatives. Leslie established the "The Women's Student Association Fellowship Fund" which awards scholarships to HBS students. In May 2012, Ms. Himmel established "Educated Girls Succeed," a foundation in support of college and career advancement for NYC public school minorities. Leslie is also a supporter of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Real Estate Council and Lincoln Center's Real Estate and Construction Council. Himmel has been recognized by Crain's as one of New York's "100 Most Influential Women."
About the Harvard Business School Club of New York (HBSCNY)
HBSCNY, founded in 1920, is a unique powerful platform connecting the leadership and management expertise of Harvard Business School (HBS) and its alumni with the vital, creative and dynamic community of Greater New York City. In doing so, the Club creates continuous learning, networking and mentoring opportunities for its alumni, supports HBS thought leadership in business and social enterprise and rallies the Club membership to contribute to a broad range of community needs and challenges.
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