Philanthropy Innovation Summit 2021

The Philanthropy Innovation Summit is a signature event of Stanford PACS, designed exclusively for individual and family philanthropists. The Summit and related convenings equip community members with the tools and actionable resources to create meaningful social change. 

The 2021 Summit will be a virtual half-day event focused on peer learning with top leaders and experts in the field of philanthropy and social innovation.  We will feature Michael R. Bloomberg, Dr. Fei-Fei Li, Dr. Judith Rodin, David Siegel, Darren Walker, and Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen.  Through a dynamic program that combines high-level plenaries with small group sessions, we will explore the most pressing issues of our time in a carefully curated, non-solicitation environment.

As we emerge together from a chaotic year and a half, the fragility of our economic, health, and democratic systems is apparent.  We believe philanthropy has a critical role to play in supporting a more inclusive, equitable, and resilient world. Understanding how to maximize our philanthropic impact has never been more important. 

Wednesday, October 6, 2021, 9:30AM – 12:30PM Pacific Time  

Location: Virtual

REGISTRATION: Our Summit is by invitation only.  Please email Vivian Gee, Stanford PACS Interim Director of Partnerships and External Relations, for any questions or if you would like to suggest an attendee.

2021 Confirmed Plenary Speakers

Building on the programming from previous years and hearing from our community, we plan to cover the following topics in small group, deep-dive conversations with experts and peer philanthropists:

  • Tackling chronic homelessness through systems change
  • Global COVID-19 response
  • Trust-based philanthropy and participatory philanthropy
  • Giving in a datafied world
  • Investing in mental health
  • Family and intergenerational philanthropy
  • Board transformation
  • Polarization
  • Unlocking the potential of longevity
  • Climate philanthropy
  • Supporting youth-serving organizations
  • Empowering women
  • Storytelling


9:30 – 9:40 PTWelcome
9:40 – 10:10 PTPlenary: Conversation with Michael R. Bloomberg and David Siegel
10:10 – 10:55 PTSalons
10:55 – 11:10 PTBreak / Virtual Networking Tables
11:10 – 11:55 PTPlenary: “From Big Tech to Public-interest Technology” with Rob Reich, Darren Walker, and Fei Fei Li
11:55 – 12:25 PTPlenary: “Making Money Moral” with Dr. Judith Rodin and Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen
12:25 – 12:30 PTClosing Remarks


Summit Leadership

Summit Chair

Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen

Faculty Advisor

Rob Reich

Host Committee Co-Chairs

Ted Janus, Kathleen Kelly Janus, Carter McClelland, and Stephanie McClelland

Host Committee Members

Scott Alter, Roy Bahat and Sara Fenske Bahat, Angela Chao and Jim Breyer, Nanci Bakar Fredkin and Gary Fredkin, Mimi Haas, Debbie and Russ Hall, Becca Prowda and Daniel Lurie, Patrícia and Ricardo Villela Marino, Simonetta Cittadini and Felipe Medina, Hema Sareen Mohan and Neal Mohan, Lizzy Danhakl Reed, Jaff Shen, and Maggie Lyon Varadhan

Marc and Laura Andreessen Faculty Co-Directors

Woody Powell, Rob Reich, and Robb Willer