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National Philanthropy Day Speakers

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017, 8:30am - 5:00pm
Chase Center on the Riverfront, Wilmington, DE

Opening Speaker: Governor Jack Markell, "My Cross Country Ride for a Cause" 

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Governor Markell will kick off National Philanthropy Day with an inspiring talk appropriately  titled "My Cross Country Ride for a Cause". Governor Markell will share more about his  cross country bike ride and how his trip was designed to draw attention to physical fitness  and community health while raising money for Motivate the First State. A website that  turns  exercise time into donations for seven Delaware charities. Read more about  Governor Markell's inspirational trip at his blog:

 Governor Markell Bio: 

 Jack Markell served from 2009-2017 as the Governor of Delaware. During his tenure,   Delaware emerged from the great recession with the strongest job growth in the region   and  among the best private sector wage growth in the country.  Mr. Markell led significant   investments in improved early childhood education, language immersion programs,   heightened college access for low-income students and some of the most aggressive   workforce development efforts in the country. Previously, Mr. Markell served as Delaware's State Treasurer.   

 Prior to public service, Mr. Markell helped lead the wireless technology revolution as the   13th employee at Nextel (a name he coined), where he served as Senior Vice President, Corporate Development. He also worked at Comcast Corporation and McKinsey and Company.  Mr. Markell serves on the National Board of Directors of Jobs for America's Graduates and as a trustee of the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Mr. Markell was born in 1960 in Newark, Delaware.  He earned an undergraduate degree from Brown University and an MBA from the University of Chicago.  Mr. Markell is a Henry Crown Fellow and a Rodel Fellow at the Aspen Institute.  He and his wife, Carla, reside in Wilmington.  Their two children, Molly and Michael, are in their 20's.

Keynote Speaker: Ms. Lisa Marsh Ryerson, President, AARP Foundation

“Growing Resources Today: The New Reality"

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Ms. Ryerson, President of the AARP Foundation is our esteemed Keynote Speaker and she  will discuss the need for "Growing Resources in a New Political Reality". We are very  excited  to welcome her to 2017 National Philanthropy Day. 

 Ms. Ryerson Bio:

 A bold, disciplined and collaborative leader, she sets the Foundation’s strategic direction   and steers its efforts to realize a country free of poverty where no older person feels   vulnerable. Since she took the helm, the foundation has implemented pioneering   initiatives,  explored new avenues for collaboration, and secured unprecedented funding to   support programs and services that truly change lives. Ms. Ryerson has spearheaded   innovative partnerships with other organizations to create and advance effective solutions   that help vulnerable older adults meet their basic needs. Before joining the foundation, she served as the president and CEO of Wells College in Aurora, N.Y.


Wrap Up Speaker: Ashley Biden, MSW 

Ashley Biden Resized 2  Ashely Biden will deliver an inspiring speech to close out National Philanthropy Day! 






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