Billie Jean King to Serve Up Consulting Project

Tennis great Billie Jean King will kick off a consulting project with the Center for Nonprofit and Public Leadership next month in one of several events planned by the center this academic year.

King will join Nora Silver, the center's director and an adjunct professor, in a private meeting Sept. 17 to launch of a consulting project with Women's Sports Foundation, a nonprofit she founded in 1974 to advance the lives of girls and women through sports and physical activity. The project is part of the center's Social Sector Solutions course, a partnership with McKinsey & Company in which students gain practical hands-on experience in management consulting with nonprofit organizations.

“For me, it is a really tremendous opportunity to combine academics and community," student team lead Kirstin Mennella, MBA 10, says of the Social Sector Solutions course.

The center also will launch this year's Schwab Charitable Speaker Series on Sept. 15 with Jane Wales, founder of the Global Philanthropy Forum, a group of more than 750 social investors committed to international causes throughout the world. Wales is also president and CEO of the World Affairs Council of Northern California, host of the nationally syndicated National Public Radio interview show It’s Your World, and was recently named in the Nonprofit Times Power and Influence Top 50 for 2009. The event runs from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Wells Fargo Room and is open to the Haas community.

The Schwab Charitable Speaker Series will host a total of six events this year, including a panel on the the "Promise of Philanthropic Prizes to Drive Innovation," based on new work by McKinsey & Company. The panel will include leaders from the X-Prize Foundation and the Goldman Environmental Prize in a discussion with Paul Jansen, director emeritus and co-founder of McKinsey's global philanthropy practice and co-instructor of the center's Social Sector Solutions course.

Other events in the series include a Women in Philanthropy luncheon with leading strategic philanthropists, including UC Regent Leslie Tang-Schilling, and an Investment Advisors Philanthropy Practice Panel featuring a dialogue with investment advisors Randy Manley, MBA 80, of Lodestar Private Asset Management, and Sean Stannard-Stockton, of Ensemble Capital, investment advisors who use philanthropy to differentiate their practice.

For additional information, please contact Debbie Ng at [email protected].