The Power of Giving 2019

Focus on Health & Medicine

Power of Giving program coverMarch 19, 2019

On March 19, 2019, the National Museum of American history hosted its fourth annual symposium, The Power of Giving: Philanthropy’s Impact on American Life. Programming focused on the Initiative’s annual theme: philanthropy’s impact on health and medicine. Featured speakers included, Dr. William Foege, Leonard A. Lauder, Abbe Raven, Dr. Larry Norton, Amy Robach, David M. Rubenstein, Lyda Hill, Marilyn Hawrys Simons, Dagmar Dolby, Dr. Howard Fillit, and Steve McCarroll.

Download the event program (PDF)


Smithsonian Welcome

David J. Skorton, MD
Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution




Museum Welcome

Anthea M. Hartig, PhD
Elizabeth MacMillan Director
National Museum of American History




Keynote: Philanthropy’s Impact on Global Health

William Foege, MD, MPH
Emeritus Presidential Distinguished Professor of International Health
Rollins School of Public Health
Emory University


25 Years of Breakthroughs:
A History of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Abbe Raven
Chairman of the Board
National Museum of American History

Leonard A. Lauder
Chairman Emeritus, The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.
Honorary Chairman, Breast Cancer Research Foundation

Larry Norton, MD
Co-Founder and Co-Scientific Director, Breast Cancer Research Foundation
Medical Director, Evelyn H. Lauder Breast Center at Memorial Sloan Kettering

Amy Robach
ABC News journalist
Co-anchor, 20/20




Making a Difference Through Science:
Reflections on Medical Philanthropy


David M. Rubenstein
Chair of the Smithsonian Institution Board of Regents


Lyda Hill
Chairman, Lyda Hill Philanthropies

Marilyn Hawrys Simons, PhD
President, Simons Foundation


Funding New Frontiers in Neuroscience


Valerie Conn
Executive Director, Science Philanthropy Alliance


Dagmar Dolby
President, Ray and Dagmar Dolby Family Fund

Howard Fillit, MD
Founding Executive Director and Chief Science Officer
Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation

Steve McCarroll, PhD
Dorothy and Milton Flier Professor of Genetics, Harvard Medical School
Broad Institute’s Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research




Closing Remarks

Amanda B. Moniz, PhD
David M. Rubenstein Curator of Philanthropy
National Museum of American History





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