Innovate is the biweekly podcast featuring dialogue with cultural visionaries, social entrepreneurs and leading scholars worldwide engaged in transformative action and creative collaboration.
Arch Street Press and the Institute for Leadership Education, Advancement and Development have recently launched The Philadelphia Channel, featuring the region's leaders and organizations across a wide range of collaborative and diverse fields, including education, philanthropy, technology, family life, healthcare, social entrepreneurship, advocacy, the arts and more.
Jane Chu, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, has a background in arts administration and philanthropy, and is also an accomplished artist and musician, receiving bachelor’s degrees in piano performance and music education from Ouachita Baptist University, and master’s degrees in music and piano pedagogy from Southern Methodist University. Additionally, she holds a master’s degree in business administration from Rockhurst University and a PhD in philanthropic studies from Indiana University.
Dan Weiss is president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. He discusses his extensive experience as an educator and educational leader, exploring his time at Johns Hopkins, Lafayette and Haverford. He explains how his lifelong interest in art and art history led to his involvement in education and his eventual role with the Met, where he is working to make learning about art accessible and enjoyable for all.
Carolyn Miles is pesident and CEO of Save the Children, working to combat the all-too-common lack of hope for children’s livelihoods around the globe. She talks about her tenure at the helm of the organization, during which time Save the Children’s reach has more than doubled and its available resources have increased from $250 million to almost $700 million annually, with nearly 90% directly spent on programs for children. Carolyn is an unwavering advocate for increased childhood nutrition programs, access to education and learning outcomes, and protection for all children from harm.
Timothy Rub is director and CEO of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and past president of the Association of Art Museum Directors. Serving at one of the country’s largest art institutions, he provides an outstanding model for advocating the power of art to grow communities, to educate and engage the public, and to enhance the vital role of art in our society.
Jeroo Billimoria is a pioneering social entrepreneur and founder of Child & Youth Finance International, as well as other award-winning international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). Her innovative approach to managing social ventures and bringing them to global scale has earned her fellowships with Ashoka— Innovators for the Public, the Skoll Foundation and the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship.
Michael Thatcher provides direction and leadership at Charity Navigator as they strive to guide intelligent giving and advance a more effective and responsive philanthropic marketplace in which donors and the charities they support work in tandem to overcome the world’s most persistent challenges.
Harold Wimmer is president and CEO of the American Lung Association, the nation’s oldest voluntary health association, which works to save lives by improving lung health and preventing disease, including lung cancer, asthma, COPD and influenza. The ALA represents more than 21 million constituents and 300,000 volunteers and staff nationwide.
Dr. James Downing is president and CEO of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the nonprofit medical corporation committed to advancing cures and means of prevention for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. St. Jude was founded by entertainer Danny Thomas in 1962 with the vision that no child be denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay.
Ryan Merkley is CEO of Creative Commons, the nonprofit that allows sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free and legal tools. At no cost, their user-friendly copyright licenses offer a simple, standardized way to give public permission to provide and use creative work, on one’s own conditions. Creative Commons develops, supports and stewards legal and technical infrastructure that maximizes digital creativity, sharing and innovation.
Russell Granet is executive director of Lincoln Center Education, whose mission is to enrich the lives of students, educators and all other learners by providing opportunities for engagement with the arts onstage, in the classroom, digitally and in the community.
Ashoka Fellow James Thornton is founder and CEO of ClientEarth, an organization of legal experts pushing environmental issues to the forefront of the European Union agenda through advocacy, policy research and civil litigation.