On Monday, June 5th, 2017, the Pershing Square Foundation celebrated its talented partner organizations to mark the foundation’s ten year anniversary at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City. The evening began with a panel discussion entitled, “Re-imagining the Possible,” that was moderated by Cheryl Dorsey, President of Echoing Green and featured panelists Amy Bach, Founder of Measures for Justice, Paul Farmer, MD, Chief Strategist and Co-Founder of Partners in Health, and Bobby Turner, Chairman and CEO of Turner Impact Capital. It was followed by a second discussion, “Innovation Beyond Borders,” moderated by Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation and including panelists Kimarley Garrick, TheDream.US Scholar,Raj Panjabi, MD, Co-Founder and CEO of Last Mile Health, Sohail Tavazoie, MD, PhD, Leon Hess Associate Professor of Rockefeller University and 2015 Pershing Square Sohn Prize Winner, and Yo-Yo Ma, Artistic Director of Silkroad.
The evening continued with a performance by Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, which was established in 1998 to explore how the arts can advance global understanding. Brian Lehrer of WNYC served as the event’s MC.
The celebration closed with a fireside chat between William A. Ackman, Trustee of the Pershing Square Foundation and CEO and Portfolio Manager of Pershing Square Capital Management and Peter Tufano, PhD, Peter Moores Dean and Professor of Finance at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School. Bill Ackman shared insights on his approach to investment and philanthropy.
Since 2006, the Pershing Square Foundation has committed $400 million in grants and investments to help unleash potential and fuel social impact across a number of fields, including health and life sciences, education, economic opportunity and development, social justice, and arts and urban development. Investing in bold risk takers, and building community—across sectors and geographies—has been a hallmark of the foundation’s first ten years, and a compass for the next.