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John W. Gardner Leadership Dinner

The 2012 John W. Gardner Leadership Dinner took place during the Independent Sector Annual Conference 7:30-9:30 p.m. PT on Monday, November 12 at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square. The dinner recognized the John W. Gardner Leadership Award and the American Express NGen Leadership Award recipients.

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Jeff Skoll - 2012 John W. Gardner Leadership Award Recipient

Independent Sector honored Jeff Skoll for his outstanding and innovative leadership in promoting a sustainable world of peace and prosperity at the Annual Conference on November 12 in San Francisco.

The first full-time employee and first President of eBay, Jeff Skoll was connecting individuals and creating social networks long before Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter became household names. Jeff’s first independent philanthropic venture was the Skoll Foundation.

Since its creation in 1999, the Skoll Foundation has been a catalytic force in social entrepreneurship, investing in 91 social entrepreneurs and 74 organizations across five continents. Jeff credits the Foundation’s strategic focus to a meeting with John W. Gardner, after whom the award is named. Gardner advised Jeff and Skoll Foundation CEO Sally Osberg to “bet on good people doing good things.” Some of the Foundation’s signature programs include the annual Skoll World Forum and the Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship.

The award is generously supported by the William Randolph Hearst Foundations.

Read the News Release | Jeff Skoll In the News 

Jeff Edmondson - 2012 America Express NGen Leadership Award Recipient

Independent Sector honored Jeff Edmondson, a pioneer and innovator who brings together nonprofits, business, education, and government with the vision of ensuring that every child is prepared for their learning journey from birth into a meaningful career.

Jeff is managing director of the Strive Network, a national network of cradle-to-career organizations committed to the educational success of every child. Jeff has empowered organizations from across all sectors to use data to make informed decisions, hold people accountable, and implement strategies that work to eliminate perceived barriers.

In addition to accepting this award at the Gardner Leadership Dinner, Jeff will also He will also keynote a session at the NGen: Moving Nonprofit Leaders from Next to Now pre-conference program November 11. 

Read the News Release | Watch Jeff's TedTalk


About the John W. Gardner Leadership Award
The John W. Gardner Leadership Award was established in 1985 to honor outstanding Americans who exemplify the leadership and the ideals of John W. Gardner (1912-2002), American statesman and founding chair of Independent Sector. The John W. Gardner Leadership Award recognizes living Americans working in or with the nonprofit community whose leadership has been transformative and who have mobilized and unified people, institutions, or causes that improve people’s lives. The award honors visionaries who have empowered constituencies, strengthened participation, and inspired movements.
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About the American Express NGen Leadership Award
The American Express NGen Leadership Award honors one accomplished nonprofit leader age 40 or under who has already demonstrated significant impact in addressing society's critical needs. In addition to already demonstrating a significant impact in addressing society's critical needs, the recipient of this award also displays a proven ability to collaborate in innovative, inclusive ways, and identify needs, generate solutions and assess progress toward goals.
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