Last Thursday, MAPS spent our Horizons’ time outside of the library and took a trip to New York City. We were invited to attend Miss Hall’s Fifteenth Annual Philanthropic Round Table and the Seventh Annual Woman of Distinction Award Ceremony, which were both taking place at New York University.
The first event of the day was the Philanthropic Round Table, which was being led by Ms. Jeannie Norris, our head of school. At the Round Table there was a panel of six people who had backgrounds in philanthropy. The panel participants included Diana Barrett, the founder of The Fledgling Fund, Michele Courton Brown, the Chief Operating Officer at The Efficacy Institute, Michele Minter, Vice President of Development at The College Board, Kathy L. Nalywajko, the principal of Legg Mason Investment Counsel, Dr. Paul G. Schervish, the director of the Boston College Center on Wealth and Philanthropy and a sociology professor, and Cate Magennis Wyatt, the founder and president of The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership. The panelists shared their ideas on philanthropy and answered questions about their philanthropic experiences. By the end of the morning we were enlightened with new perspectives on how to aid others. We left feeling like very powerful philanthropists!
After the Round Table we had a few hours of free time, so we spent it roaming around the city, seeing what it had to offer. This included a delicious lunch at Lombardi’s, where we discussed plans for expanding the activities of MAPS. We so were energized by the Round Table that we had many good new ideas about how to best expand our work. After that, we had a delicious dessert at Pinkberry, and somehow found room in our bellies for mini cupcakes. We topped off the afternoon by getting our hands exfoliated for free!
Around 4:45 p.m. we returned to NYU for the Woman of Distinction Award Ceremony. This year, Cokie Roberts, a political commentator for ABC news and a Senior News Analyst for National Public Radio, was the award recipient. We were so excited to meet her! Before the ceremony we mingled with the guests and even Cokie Roberts herself. At the award ceremony we listened to Ms. Roberts speak about inspirational women, and she answered a few of our questions. After that portion of the ceremony, we departed, returning back to Miss Hall’s School after a great day in the city.