5 April 12:15-13:30
Join us in the Founders Room at 12:15-1:30pm on April 5 to hear from two Skoll Foundation representatives: Sally Osberg and Sandy Herz.
As the first President and CEO of the Skoll Foundation, Sally Osberg helped build it into the leading philanthropy in the field of social entrepreneurship. During her tenure, the Foundation supported more than 100 entrepreneurial organizations driving equilibrium change on many of the world’s most pressing problems and developed innovative platforms for connecting civil society, government and private sector leaders with societal problem solvers. Among these platforms are the annual Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship, the Skoll Centre at Oxford University’s Said Business School, and the Sundance Institute’s “Stories of Change” initiative.
In 2015, Sally and Roger Martin published Getting Beyond Better: How Social Entrepreneurship Works, which articulates a theoretical framework for social entrepreneurship and distills lessons for practitioners, academics and impact investors. Her thought pieces have appeared in leading social impact and business journals and books; in 2015, she and Roger Martin were honored by Thinkers 50 for their intellectual leadership in the field of social enterprise. Prior to joining Jeff Skoll and the Skoll Foundation, Sally served as the founding Executive Director for Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose, a pioneering institution in the field.
Sally currently serves as the Chair of the Camfed (the Campaign for Female Education in Africa) USA Foundation, on the Philanthropy Advisory Council of the Royal Bank of Canada, on the Advisory Council of the Elders, and as a board director of the Social Progress Imperative and the Palestine-based Partners for Sustainable Development. She is also an Associate Fellow of the Said Business School of Oxford University. She received her M.A. in English and American Literature from the Claremont Graduate School and her B.A. in English from Scripps College, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Born in Boston, Sally grew up on the east coast but has spent most of her adult life in California. She now lives outside Philadelphia, in Wayne, Pa., within walking distance of her two grandchildren.
Sandy Herz cultivates strategic partnerships for the Skoll Foundation, with a portfolio that includes Sundance, BritDoc, BBC, NPR, PBS NewsHour, Public Radio International, and HarperOne, as well as the foundation’s flagship relationship with the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship. Consistent with Skoll's mission, Sandy seeks out world-class storytellers and platforms to create broader awareness of, engagement with, and impact from the work of leading social entrepreneurs. Sandy started her career in corporate finance in New York, working on leveraged buyouts during the “Bonfire of the Vanities” age before having an early mid-life crisis and discovering social entrepreneurship.
Prior to joining the Skoll Foundation, Sandy worked with several innovative grassroots non-profit organizations and spent six years as Executive Director of the Software Development Forum. She received a BA from Brown University, an MA from the Stanford School of Education, and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. However, her best education came from selling frozen food door-to-door out of the back of a pick-up truck in the Boston suburbs one summer during college.