Squire Patton Boggs Hosts Non-Profit Leadership Symposium on Purposeful Philanthropy

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Awards presented for ‘Non-Profit of the Year’ and ‘Lifetime Achievement’

Squire Patton Boggs has held its annual Non-Profit Leadership Symposium in Washington DC with a packed program involving the participation of leaders from numerous national organizations and institutions. Distinguished lawyer and former White House Cabinet Secretary Thurgood Marshall, Jr, son of the late US Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, was a keynote speaker at the symposium.

The two–day conference, entitled “Purposeful Philanthropy, Measureable Impact,” was hosted at Squire Patton Boggs’ Washington DC office and at the US National Archive on Constitution Avenue on April 22-23. The event was attended in person and virtually by numerous national and regional educators and academics, non-profit executives, community leaders and activists, former politicians and public servants, and business leaders. The discussion panels covered a variety of themes focusing on leadership, equity, diversity, inclusion, free speech and democratic values, and on the specific work and aims of several non-profit, non-partisan organizations.

The first day of the symposium culminated in a reception and dinner where Squire Patton Boggs partner and former U.S. Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater, presented five awards for 2022:

  • John L. Oberdorfer received a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ for his superlative legal acumen and his visionary and vigilant leadership as the Founding President of the Squire Patton Boggs Foundation.
  • Rosabeth Moss Kanter received a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ for her many years of instruction at the Harvard Business School and for her vision, patience and persistence in founding the Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative.
  • The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law received the ‘Non-Profit Partner of the Year’ for its unyielding and praiseworthy advocacy for civil and social rights and economics, education and health opportunities for all; and
  • The National Urban League received the ‘Non-Profit of the Year’ award for its unyielding and praiseworthy advocacy for civil and social rights and economics, education and health opportunities for more than 110 years; and
  • She Will Rise received the ‘Newcomer Non-Profit of the Year’ award for their successful effort to nominate and confirm a Black woman to the United States Supreme Court;

Secretary Rodney E. Slater said, “I am delighted we were able to host this symposium once again and my congratulations to the well-deserved recipients of the awards and my deep thanks to all those involved in the event. After the Covid 19 pandemic, and in the context of deeply troubling international conflict, it is more important than ever to bring together leading figures from organizations and institutions that share and promote our common democratic and human values and to continue to learn from each other.”

To learn more about the Symposium, speakers and topics of discussion click here.

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