Barbara Silzle and the Philadelphia Cultural Fund: Enhancing the City’s Cultural Life

Barbara Silzle and the Philadelphia Cultural Fund: Enhancing the City’s Cultural Life

Barbara J. Silzle is a mission-driven leader in Philadelphia’s arts and philanthropic communities. Since 2015, she has served as executive director of the Philadelphia Cultural Fund, a nonprofit corporation whose mission is to provide grant funds to enhance arts and cultural organizations throughout Philadelphia.

Michael Brune of the Sierra Club: Preserving Planet Earth

Michael Brune of the Sierra Club: Preserving Planet Earth

Michael Brune, the Sierra Club’s executive director since 2010, is one of today’s most inspiring and effective environmental leaders. Prior to joining the Sierra Club, he led Rainforest Action Network. Under his leadership, the Sierra Club has grown to more than three million supporters and is at the forefront of the drive to move beyond fossil fuels to 100% clean, renewable energy, while also protecting America’s remaining wild places.

Jeffrey Rosen and the National Constitution Center: Visit—Learn—Debate

Jeffrey Rosen and the National Constitution Center: Visit—Learn—Debate

Jeffrey Rosen is the president & CEO of the National Constitution Center, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate the public about the U.S. Constitution. Located steps from Independence Hall in historic Philadelphia, the Center engages millions of citizens as an interactive museum, national town hall and provider of nonpartisan resources for civic education.

Tim Jones of Artscape: the Art of Creative Placemaking

Tim Jones of Artscape: the Art of Creative Placemaking

Tim Jones, CEO of Artscape, is a city builder, social entrepreneur and change agent who works at the intersection of arts and culture, urban development, community activism, philanthropy and public policy. Under his direction since 1998, Artscape has grown from a Toronto-based artist studio provider to a globally recognized leader in creative placemaking. In 2014, Tim was recognized by the Geneva-based Schwab Foundation as Social Entrepreneur of the Year.

Kelly Lee: Increasing Access to Arts Education, Job Opportunities for Artists and Cultural Experiences in Philadelphia

Kelly Lee: Increasing Access to Arts Education, Job Opportunities for Artists and Cultural Experiences in Philadelphia

Kelly Lee is the chief cultural officer for the City of Philadelphia, appointed by Mayor Jim Kenney. She leads Philadelphia’s Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy, which closes the gap in access to quality cultural experiences and creative expression through the support and promotion of arts, culture and the creative industries. The Office connects Philadelphians to enriching arts-infused experiences, links local artists and cultural organizations to resources and opportunities, and preserves Philadelphia's public art assets.

Chris Gruits: Curating Innovative and Groundbreaking Programs at the Annenberg Center

Chris Gruits: Curating Innovative and Groundbreaking Programs at the Annenberg Center

Chris Gruits is the executive and artistic director of the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Pennsylvania. His vision returns the Annenberg Center to its roots as Philadelphia’s premier curator of innovative and groundbreaking programs, and a wide range of collaborations in dance, music, theater and more. A signature of his leadership is the cultivation of partnerships across the community, reflecting the Annenberg Center’s commitment to serving the University of Pennsylvania, the surrounding West Philadelphia neighborhood and the Greater Philadelphia region.

Glenn Bergman: Distributing Food to Help Those in Need and Advocating Food-Access Policies through Philabundance

Glenn Bergman: Distributing Food to Help Those in Need and Advocating Food-Access Policies through Philabundance

Glenn Bergman is the executive director of Philabundance, the region’s largest hunger-relief organization, acquiring, rescuing and distributing food to help feed those in need, and advocating for policies that increase food access. Philabundance's mission is to drive hunger from our communities today and end hunger forever.

Michael Lwin and Koe Koe Tech: Improving Health Care in Myanmar, App in Hand

Michael Lwin and Koe Koe Tech: Improving Health Care in Myanmar, App in Hand

Michael Lwin is the managing director of Koe Koe Tech, a health IT social enterprise based in Yangon, Myanmar. He and his cousin, Dr.Yarzar Minn Htoo—a Myanmar citizen, doctor and computer scientist—first met in Myanmar in 2009, discovering that they were kindred spirits with a desire to help others. Together they founded Koe Koe Tech and created the first mobile health app in Myanmar, providing low-cost, easy-to-use healthcare software developed by Myanmar people for Myanmar people within its data-deprived healthcare sector. The organization trains local Myanmar people in computer science, sales and marketing, in addition to its software work.

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