All About Town & Country's 2021 Philanthropy Summit

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Photo credit: Hearst Owned
Photo credit: Hearst Owned

This year, the Town & Country Philanthropy Summit is taking place virtually. Inspired by Town & Country’s Summer 2021 Philanthropy Issue, the schedule will feature four days of intimate conversations with remarkable humanitarians, with speakers and moderators including José Andrés, Phil Donahue, Andreas Dracopoulos, Hugh Evans, Maria Manuela Goyanes, Taraji P. Henson, Stacy-Marie Ishmael, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Soledad O’Brien, Congressman Jamie Raskin, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Joe Scarborough, Helen Shaw, Marlo Thomas, Pharrell Williams, and more.

The sessions will take place between June 21 and June 24, and registration is free and open now. See the full schedule below.

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The Current Roster of Speakers:

Monday, June 2 @ 12:30 p.m. EDT

Pharrell Williams & José Andrés
Taking Down Fences: What it Means to be a Good Neighbor
Moderator: Soledad O'Brien

The 13-time Grammy Award-Winning, Emmy-Nominated, and Oscar-nominated visionary recording artist, producer, songwriter, fashion designer, entrepreneur and, of course, philanthropist, is the founder of YELLOW, a non-profit working to even the odds for all youth through education. And last year, Pharrell launched Black Ambition, a non-profit initiative for Black and Latinx entrepreneurs launching start-ups. He’s joined by his friend and collaborator, the chef and humanitarian José Andrés, founder of World Central Kitchen, which donates food to communities in times of crisis, and has served more than 50 million fresh meals to people devastated by natural disasters. They'll be tackling what it means to be a good neighbor and support their communities.

Photo credit: Micaiah Carter
Photo credit: Micaiah Carter

Tuesday, June 22 @ 12:30 p.m. EDT

Marlo Thomas
Marlo Thomas and the Mission of a Lifetime
Interviewer: Phil Donahue

In addition to being a cultural touchstone, a famous actress, and tireless activist, Marlo Thomas has, by and large, dedicated her life to the work of St. Jude, the nonprofit children’s hospital that her father Danny Thomas founded and that has helped countless families face and conquer serious childhood illness at no cost. With her husband, legendary journalist and talk show pioneer Phil Donohue, we will dive into just how deep Marlo’s dedication runs and just how brilliant she is at making this fight for children not just her fight, but all of our fight.

Photo credit: Amanda Demme
Photo credit: Amanda Demme

Wednesday, June 23 @ 12:30 p.m. EDT

Taraji P. Henson
The Mental Health Crisis: From Personal Tragedy to Progress
Interviewer: Stacy-Marie Ishmael

Congressman Jamie Raskin
The Mental Health Crisis: From Personal Tragedy to Progress
Interviewer: Stacy-Marie Ishmael

Taraji P. Henson, the award-winning actress and founder of the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation, as well as United States Congressman Jamie Raskin have both been tireless advocates for issues surrounding mental health in our country. They will address how mental health is perceived, why it's important to work to erase its stigma, and how they champion legislation to support the people who need it most.

Photo credit: Erik Carter
Photo credit: Erik Carter

Andreas Dracopoulos in conversation with Stellene Volandes
Beautiful Minds: The Mental Health Support Our Children Need Now

Thursday, June 24 @ 12:30 p.m. EDT

Hugh Evans
Doing the Impossible: A New Strategy to Change the World

Interviewer: Joe Scarborough

Hugh Evans is the founder of Global Citizen and known to many as the man with the golden rolodex. Hugh can get anyone to sign on to Global Citizen’s latest campaign or mega concert, from the UN Secretary General to Jennifer Lopez to the hundreds of thousands of people who have become part of Global Citizen’s effort to end extreme poverty. He will discuss his extraordinary vision and revolutionary philanthropic strategy with the legend—MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough.

Photo credit: Amanda Demme
Photo credit: Amanda Demme



Maria Manuela Goyanes, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Brian Stokes Mitchell

Curtains Up: The Essential Return of the Performing Arts
Moderator: Helen Shaw

What is the role of philanthropy in the performing arts? This panel will discuss how, why, and when the return and resurgence of live arts are necessary to our philanthropic world.

Thank you to our generous event sponsors:

Citi Private Bank

NewYork-Presbyterian

Gulfstream

Impact100 Global

Tito’s Handmade Vodka

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