Lake Distinguished Visitor Program

This special program introduces local and online audiences to remarkable scholars and practitioners in the field of faith and philanthropy.

We select each year’s Lake Distinguished Visitors with the goal of:

  • Sparking transformational giving
  • Fostering the imagination of local civic leaders
  • Giving birth to the next generation of visionary donors

Through public talks and online dialogues, Lake Distinguished Visitors share their philanthropic stories and reflect on the role of faith in shaping their unique contributions to the common good.

Lake Distinguished Visitor Program

Past Lake Distinguished Visitors

2021 – Philanthropy, Nonprofits, and Faith: Strength at the Intersections

Panelists: Dan Cardinali and Kerry Robinson with Melissa Spas as moderator
June 30, 2021
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2021 – Faith and Philanthropy: Blueprints for the Common Good?

Panelists: Bishop Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows and David Dodson with Elizabeth Lynn as moderator
February 25, 2021
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2018 – Faith and Philanthropy Panel

Panelists: Dr. Brad Braxton, Aimee Laramore, Rev. Dr. Starsky Wilson with Dr. Leah Gunning Francis as moderator
November 5, 2018
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2016 – Alan Cooperman

Alan Cooperman, Director of Religion Research at Pew Research Center
October 4-6, 2016

2015 – Henry Timms

Henry Timms, Executive Director of 92nd Street Y in New York and founder of #GivingTuesday
October 14-15, 2015

2014 – Valaida Fullwood

Valaida Fullwood, award-winning author of Giving Back, a 400-page hardcover book profiling stories of philanthropy among African Americans.
October 16-17, 2014

2013 – Kerry Robinson

Kerry Robinson, Executive Director of the National Leadership Roundtable on Church Management, which is dedicated to promoting excellence and best practices in the management, finances, and human resource development of the Catholic Church in the United States.
October 17-18, 2013

2012 – Bill Hudnut

Bill Hudnut, Executive Director of the Real Estate program at Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies.
January 20, 2021

2010 – Ron Blue

Ron Blue, founder of Ronald Blue & Co., LLC.
September 21-22, 2010

2009 – Janet W. Prindle

Janet W. Prindle, who funded the construction of the Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics at DePauw University in 2007. Prindle was the first woman to be named partner at Neuberger Berman. She retired from the firm as managing partner in 2004.
April 27, 2009

2008 – Eboo Patel

Eboo Patel, Ph.D., founder of Chicago’s Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), an international organization that enables young people to bridge religious traditions to serve humanity.
October 21-22, 2008

2008 – Ruth Messinger

Ruth Messinger, President of the American Jewish World Service.
May 18–20, 2008

2007 – Tom Cousins & Charles Knapp

Tom Cousins, developer and philanthropist from Atlanta, Georgia, and Charles B. Knapp, President Emeritus of the University of Georgia and Chairman of the East Lake Foundation.
June 20, 2007

2006 – Talat Othman & Scott Alexander

Talat Othman, Muslim Philanthropist, and Scott Alexander, Director of Catholic-Muslim Studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.
November 6, 2006

2006 – Theodore Malloch & Scott Massey

Dr. Theodore Roosevelt Malloch, Chairman and CEO of The Roosevelt Group in Washington, D.C. and Dr. Scott Massey, President and CEO of the Indiana Humanities Council, an educational leader, innovator, and community development consultant with nearly 20 years of experience as a non-profit CEO.
October 26–27, 2006

2005 – Joseph Cook

Joseph C. Cook, founder and CEO of Mountain Group Capital, LLC and a veteran of 28 years of management experience at Eli Lilly and Company.
October 19–20, 2005

2005 – Mark Chaves

Mark Alan Chaves, Ph.D., Professor and Head of the Department of Sociology at the University of Arizona.
February 16–17, 2005