Henry Timms is President and CEO of 92nd Street Y, the renowned cultural and community center, and co-author of New Power, a guide to spreading ideas, building movements, and leaping ahead in our chaotic, connected age. For most of human history, the rules of power were clear: power was something to be seized and then jealously guarded - and was out of reach for the vast majority of people. “New power” is made by many. It is open, participatory, and peer-driven. It works like a current, not a currency – and it is most forceful when it surges. The battle between old and new power is determining who governs us, how we work, and even how we think and feel.
In 2012, Henry founded #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that was honored with a Cannes Lion at the International Festival of Creativity; the PRWeek Global Award for Nonprofit Campaign of the Year; and the inaugural UJA-Federation Riklis Prize in Agency Entrepreneurship. Henry also co-founded the annual Social Good Summit, which pioneered a new, inclusive summit model that opened up the critical discussions held during UN week to a much wider audience and led to concurrent gatherings around the world. As an extension of the Social Good Summit, Henry led the team that developed a MOOC (massive open online course) called “How to Change the World,” offered with Wesleyan University; 51,000 students participated in its first year. Henry is a Visiting Fellow at Stanford University’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society and a member of the World Economic Forum’s Network of Global Agenda Councils. In addition to being listed on The Nonprofit Times Power & Influence Top 50 for the past three years, Henry was named the NonProfit Times Influencer of the Year in 2014. Henry has been honored as one of Crain’s New York Business “40 Under 40,” City & State's 50 Most Influential People in Manhattan and the T&C Top 50: The Top Philanthropists of 2017.
He is a member of several philanthropic committees, including the selection committee for the 2015 CECP Excellence Awards and the Lipman Prize Committee at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Henry serves on the board of Independent Sector and the Nightingale-Bamford School. He is also a fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts (RSA), where he is chair of the nominating committee for the RSA’s Benjamin Franklin Medal.
Tuesday, 3/12: Ann Sullivan, Ellen Stein, L.J.Mitchell
"Manage Up, Down and Sideways"
Ann Sullivan and Ellen Stein, who have both served as Directors of Development prior to assuming their Headships, Ellen at the Dalton School and Ann at both School of the Holy Child (Rye) and Lincoln School (Providence). Currently retired, they have formed a partnership, Sullivan Stein Education Solutions. They will be joined by L.J. Mitchell, the current Director of Development at The Calhoun School following his work at LREI, Mary McDowell Friends School and The Churchill School. Whether you are the Director of Advancement, a senior member of the Advancement Team, or a newcomer to a role on the Team, it is important to manage up, down and sideways to establish your leadership and to mobilize the Head of School, the Director, as well as colleagues in the entire Administration.