SEI Social Impact Leadership Series: Chris Balme and Art Bilger, '77
November 6, 2013: 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Please join the Social Enterprise Initiative on November 6 for our Social Impact Leadership Series event with Chris Balme and Art Bilger, '77.
450 N Cityfront Plaza Dr
Chris Balme (Speaker)
Co-founder and CEO, Spark
Chris Balme is the Co-Founder and CEO of Spark, a rapidly-scaling national nonprofit working to increase high school graduation rates. Spark's programs address the staggering 25% national dropout rate, serving at-risk students by matching them with apprenticeships in professional workplaces. Chris holds degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School of Business, and has taught with the Breakthrough Collaborative and in the Philadelphia public schools. For his work at Spark, Chris has been honored with the Bay Area's Jefferson Award for Public Service, the New Leaders Council "Top 40 under 40" Leaders Award, the Draper Richards Kaplan Fellowship, and the Ashoka Fellowship.
Art Bilger (Speaker)
Managing Member, Shelter Capital Partners
Art Bilger, '77 is the Managing Member of Shelter Capital Partners, LLC, an entity engaged in venture capital investment management, which he founded while acting as the Vice Chairman of Akamai Technologies, Inc. He is an investor in and director of various private companies engaged in activities where content is integrated with new technologies. He has served as the President, Chief Operating Officer and a Director of New World Communications Group, Inc., and was a founding partner of Apollo Advisors, LP, an institutional private equity firm. Art serves as a member of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School Board of Overseers and Vice Chairman of the Skirball Cultural Center. Art Bilger has his B.S. in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and MBA from the University of Chicago.
Founder and Funder: Chris Balme founded Spark in 2008. Art Bilger has been instrumental in Spark's ability to scale and in 2013, made it possible to open Spark Philadelphia, the first Spark east coast location and the new home of 160 apprenticeships for students. Join us for a conversation on the relationship between founder and funder, what motivates philanthropy, and how an organization thinks about and relates to its stakeholders.
Immediately following the talk, join us for hors d'oeuvres and beverages.