Inspiration ・ Innovation ・ Insights




a sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality or essential meaning of something, usually initiated by some simple, homely, or commonplace occurrence or experience.


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A Wealth & Giving Forum Exclusive

October 11, 2017
5:30 - 8:00 pm

787 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10019

Special thanks to: 
Family Wealth Advisors, BNP Paribas Group



Bruce DeBoskey

President & Founder, The DeBoskey Group

Bruce DeBoskey, J.D. is a Colorado-based Philanthropic Strategist with The DeBoskey Group, a national consulting practice founded in 2010 to help families, individuals, businesses and foundations design and implement thoughtful philanthropic strategies to achieve meaningful impact for themselves and their communities.

Bruce writes an award-winning, nationally-syndicated column “On Philanthropy” appearing initially in the Denver Post and then distributed to over 600 newspapers and other news outletsacross the U.S. and abroad. He is the Dean of Philanthropy for the Purposeful Planning Institute and a Certified 21/64 Trainer. Bruce served for nearly nine years as the Anti-Defamation League’s Mountain States Regional Director, and before that, as a Colorado civil trial lawyer. 

Bruce is the recipient of Community Shares of Colorado’s Community Leader of the Year Award, Urban Peak’s Maverick Thinker Award, the Public Justice Foundation’s Trial Lawyer of the Year Award, and the Colorado Nonprofit Association’s Excellence in Media Award. He holds a B.A. from Indiana University and a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center. 

The Stories

Invocations, Insights and Inspiration




Chandrika Tandon

Humanitarian, Business Leader & Grammy Nominated Artist

Composer and vocalist, CHANDRIKA, has been trained by masters in Hindustani, Carnatic, and Western Traditions. Her album – Soul Call – topped world music charts, garnering great acclaim, and earning a Grammy nomination. All four of her albums were released under her not-for-profit label, Soul Chants Music.

Her “limpid, serene voice” – as The New York Times describes it – has filled major venues around the world, including Lincoln Center, the Smithsonian, Olympiastadion (Berlin), Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, and the 2016 World Culture Festival in New Delhi – supporting efforts towards peace and harmony.

Chandrika is a recognized leader in the worlds of business, education, and the arts, dedicated to public service. In addition to being founder and head of her financial advisory firm, she is a member of the Board of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, and the Berklee School of Music’s President’s Council. Additionally, the Berklee Tandon Global Clinics connect world-class music faculty from the US to other countries. At New York University, she is Vice-Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Chair of the President’s Global Council, Chair of the Board of the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, and she serves on the Boards of the NYU Stern School of Business and the NYU Langone Health System.

Chandrika has received several awards for integrity and leadership – the Gallatin Medal, New York University’s highest honor for outstanding contributions to society; the Walter Nichols Medal for leadership and integrity; and the Polytechnic Medal, recognizing her involvement in science and engineering. In recognition of her efforts on behalf of higher education, she was inducted as a Sterling Fellow at Yale and into the Harold Acton Society of New York University. She was named an Inaugural Distinguished Alumnus of both the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad and Madras Christian College – her two alma maters. Chandrika is Chair of the Krishnamurthy Tandon Foundation.

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Tom Rutledge

Board Chairman,

Tom Rutledge's experience encompasses both Wall Street and the innovation economy. He is currently on the fixed income portfolio management team at Magnetar Capital, a $14-billion Chicago-based hedge fund group, and he previously held positions at JP Morgan, Deutsche Bank and Merrill Lynch.

His start-up activities include advisory roles and seed investments with several venture-backed companies, including Boston-bred names such as DataXu, Bevi, Prompt and Ekotrope. He also serves as board chair of, a charity evaluator dedicated to helping donors decide where to give by finding outstanding giving opportunities and publishing the full details of its analysis. Before his Wall Street career, he was the New England business reporter at WBUR, the NPR affiliate in Boston, and won a New England Press Association award for feature writing. He was also a one-day champion on Jeopardy! Tom received an MBA (Applied Economics and Finance) from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a BA (English) from Amherst College.


Katie Meyler

Founder & CEO, More Than Me Foundation

Katie is a TIME Person of the Year, recognized for her work on the front lines of Ebola. Katie grew up on government assistance in the USA and thought she was poor. Traveling abroad to a developing country for the first time, she realized she was one of the world’s wealthiest people. She had to do something about it.

She led the organization she founded, More Than Me, to win $1MM from the Chase Bank American Giving Awards. In September 2013 she, alongside Nobel Laureate and Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, cut the ribbon to More Than Me Academy – the first tuition-free, all-girls school in Liberia. President Sirleaf said, "The number one way an American can support Liberia is to help Katie Meyler get all those young girls off the street learning to become good professionals." 

Katie introduced Bono to the girls of the West Point slum, received a standing ovation at Forbes400, and is raved about by Instagram's CEO, @Kevin, regarding how she used the platform to help end Ebola. She moved Ban Ki Moon's wife, Yoo Soon-Taek, to tears speaking at the United Nations. The New York Times, TIME, NBC, CBS, CNN, Vogue, Marie Claire, and the Wall Street Journal have praised her work. She's spoken on a panel with Bill Gates on combating Ebola. Some of the largest companies in the world including Exxon, Vitol Group, Ford, and GE champion her efforts. One time, Warren Buffet even jokingly asked her to marry him.

Katie now works to overhaul Liberia's entire education system alongside the Ministry of Education. Katie stresses, “Before I'm American, I am human, and no little girl, regardless of where she was born, should be forced to work the streets when her biggest dream is just to go to school. 

As Nelson Mandela says, “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” Now let's go do it.


Gary Oppenheimer

Executive Director & Founder,

Gary Oppenheimer is the founder and executive director of – an award winning nationwide nonprofit that educates and enables America’s 42 million home/community gardeners to donate their excess bounty to more than 8,000 local food pantries in all 50 states.

Gary is a keynote speaker (including a two TEDx presentations), CNN Hero, World Food Prize nominee (nominated by the “father of the internet”),Purpose Prize FellowPoints of Light winner, Huffington Post’s “Greatest Person of the Day” and “2011 Game Changer“, winner of the Russell Berrie Foundation’s “Making A Difference” award, winner of the Glynwood “Wave of the Future” award, winner of the Elfenworks “In Harmony With Hope” award, and Echoing Green semifinalist.  He makes his home in the mountains of northern New Jersey after having lived on a boat on the Hudson River in Manhattan since 1978. He is also a Master Gardener, Rutgers Environmental Steward, former community garden director, former environmental commissioner, an avid gardener and long distance cyclist.

He has met with both Presidents Clinton and Obama as well as attended seven White House meetings/events since 2011.  Former First Lady Michelle Obama as both written and spoken about  

Most recently, he and his team changed that national food waste statistics by documenting enough freely available excess garden produce to feed 28 million food insecure American’s per year – information now included in the most recent NRDC report on food waste.

And it all started with an epiphany.


Walter D. Woods

President, Good Samaritan Foundation

Walter has dedicated his life to a public service mission of enabling resiliency to the least, the last and the lost. He has over 25 years of social development experience working with younger and older adults in America. 

Prior to joining the Good Samaritan Foundation as its President, Walter served as Vice President – Strategic Programs for the AARP Foundation, an advisor to The World Bank Group, Chief Development Officer for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington and Managing Director – Commercial Markets for the American Gas Association. He leads and creates high impact teams by developing their ability to expand present opportunities and explore future opportunities in entrepreneurial, highly collaborative ways and has a successful track record of converting vision into strategy on a broad yet viable scale.

Walter has a MBA from Northwestern University – J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Evanston, IL; BBA, cum laude, from Howard University, Washington, DC; and completed the Executive Program for Non-Profit Leaders from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business, Palo Alto, California; Leadership Greater Washington, 2003 and Leadership South Dakota, 2016. He has been added to the Associations Advance America Honor Roll by ASAE for developing a program that “resulted in significant benefit to American society” and given an Award of Excellence by ASAE for developing a program that resulted in “significant benefit to American society."

Away from work, Walter enjoys fly-fishing, cross-country/downhill skiing, sky diving and his wanderlust has taken him to 6 of the 7 continents (adventure travel).