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Service in Everyday Life: Giving Back in Any Profession, at Any Stage

  • Holland & Knight 10 St James Ave Boston, MA, 02116 United States (map)

Join us for a panel discussion co-sponsored by the Cornell Club of Boston and the Cornell Public Service Center.

Purpose of Event

In an age when service and "big citizenship" are common business principles in the for-profit and social sectors, there are people across sectors interested in determining how they can have social impact and come together to create change. In fact, creating social value is no longer the domain of just the social sector. From individuals who work in the nonprofit and public sectors, to middle managers and executives who work at for-profit businesses, there are ways in which everyone, from all backgrounds, can find social purpose in their professional and personal lives: through their organizations, through pro bono work, by leveraging their skillsets to serve on nonprofit boards, by volunteering, or by being philanthropic with their financial resources. Service means different things to different people -- come find out how a few local Cornellians have created social value in their everyday lives. 

Come hear from an exciting panel of Cornell alumni who are working hard every day to give back through their day jobs as well as through their philanthropy and service at their day jobs and on volunteer boards.

Overview of panel

The panel includes the President and CEO of the Boston YWCA who has a legal and investment management background; a Partner at a major law firm in Boston that has spearheaded a number of significant pro bono initiatives and who is the chair of a local nonprofit board and is philanthropically committed to a number of organizations; and a young alumnus who has committed his career to expanding service opportunities to young people as a staff member at City Year. This event will include an "open mic" opportunity for attendees to share their stories and ask questions about how best to have an impact and get involved regardless of career background or prospects.


Sylvia Ferrell-Jones '79

President and CEO, YWCA Boston

Dianne Phillips '82

Partner, Holland & Knight

Chair of the Board of Directors, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD)

Jamaal Williams '07

National Recruitment Manager, City Year

Former Campaign Manager for Friends to Elect Adam Hollier (candidate for Detroit City Council in 2013)


Shane Dunn '07

Managing Director of Strategic Growth and Development, Excel Academy Charter Schools

President, Cornell Club of Boston


This event is ideal for all alumni and we are expecting a diverse turnout. The goal is to inspire conversations about how Cornell alumni can best impact the world and change their own part of the world with their own current and potential resources. Everyone can make a difference, and we're hoping to see a diverse group of people from all different sectors and backgrounds at this event.


Thursday, March 5, 2015

  • Reception: 6:00 - 6:45 pm
  • Presentation, Q&A, open mic: 6:45 - 8:00 pm


Holland and Knight, 10 St. James Avenue, Boston, MA
Near Arlington station, served by the MBTA Green Line.


Registration is $15.
Refreshments -- including light appetizers, wine, and beer -- will be served.


Email Shane Dunn '07, President of the Cornell Club of Boston, at with any questions about this event.