Big Bold Benefit

Benefit to Support Social Innovation

Big Bold Benefit 2017 | Cipriani Wall Street

This annual celebration of our vast and dedicated community is an inspiring evening of connecting with Fellows, recommitting to positive social impact, and looking ahead to the innovations that will shape our world in the years to come. Benefit sponsors and guests at our June 7th event were the first to welcome the 2017 class of Fellows, and came away with new ideas, inspired in their own work, and optimistic about the future of social change.


Celebrating Our Community

Our supporters and guests get an exclusive preview of the inspiring innovations driven by our newest class of Fellows.

We celebrate the many shared successes of our vast community over the course of 30 years pioneering social innovation.

Each year, Big Bold Benefit is a call to action: recommit to engaging deeply with our network and supporting positive social change.

2017 Featured Speakers

These acclaimed social entrepreneurs, each of them Echoing Green Fellows from across our 30-year history, shared with our guests their perspectives, experiences, and impact made in partnership with Echoing Green.

Michael BrownMichael Brown

Co-founder and CEO of City Year
1991 Echoing Green Fellow

Becca HellerRebecca Heller

Director of International Refugee Assistance Project
2010 Echoing Green Fellow

Raj PanjabiRaj Panjabi

CEO of Last Mile Health
2011 Echoing Green Fellow

Laura Weidman PowersLaura Weidman Powers

Co-founder and CEO of CODE2040
2013 Echoing Green Fellow

James MonteiroJames Monteiro

Founder of Reentry Campus
2015 Echoing Green Fellow

2017 Visionary & Pioneer Benefit Sponsors

Lewis Bernard    Steve and Roberta Denning    William E. Ford
Marie-France & Rene Kern    Ajay & Debbie Nagpal    Larry Wieseneck

Anniversary Chairs

Lewis Bernard    Steven A. Denning    William E. Ford
Marie-France Kern    Carter McClelland    Adam Shapiro

Past Presenters and Honorees

We are grateful for the contributions and insights of these influential leaders of business, media, government, and philanthropy who have supported Echoing Green benefits throughout recent years.

Chelsea Clinton

Clinton Foundation and Clinton Global Initiative

Robert Herjavec

Founder & CEO Herjavec Group, Star of ABC’s Shark Tank

Antony Jenkins

Former Group CEO, Barclays

Rebecca Jarvis

ABC News Chief, Business and Economics Correspondent

Blake Mycoskie

Founder and Chief Shoe Giver of Toms Shoes

George Stephanopoulos

Former White House Director of Communications, ABC News Chief Anchor


To support this event, contact Corie Pope Lieberman at or 646.539.2418

Echoing Green is committed to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone. Attendees of the gala and all related gatherings are expected to follow our Community Code of Conduct.