STRIVE 35TH ANNIVERSARY GALA

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For more information, contact Meredith Sheakh: msheakh@strive.org

GALA HONOREES

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DINA POWELL McCORMICK

Dina is a long-standing supporter of STRIVE and a leader in driving sustainable economic development and revitalizing under-served communities.

Dina serves on the Goldman Sachs Management Committee and is responsible for helping to build and enhance the firm's relationships with sovereign clients around the world. She rejoined Goldman Sachs in 2018 as a partner in the Investment Banking Division after serving as the US Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategy from 2017 to 2018.

Dina initially joined the firm in 2007 and from 2007 to 2017 led the Impact Investing Business and the Environmental Markets Group, which deployed more than $5 billion in market-based loans and equity to drive sustainable economic development and revitalize underserved communities. During this same period, she was also president of The Goldman Sachs Foundation, overseeing two major initiatives to drive economic growth and opportunity — 10,000 Women and 10,000 Small Businesses — that successfully provided business education and capital to women and small businesses, respectively.

Earlier in her career, Dina served as Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs and Deputy Undersecretary of Public Affairs and Public Diplomacy and as a senior White House advisor as Assistant to the President for Presidential Personnel.

Dina is currently a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Future of Diplomacy Project at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.

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MITCH LANDRIEU

Mitch will receive the STRIVE Leadership Award for his role as a champion of opportunity for all and whose vision brought STRIVE to New Orleans.

Mitch Landrieu served as the 61st Mayor of New Orleans from 2010-2018, leading the city’s continued recovery from Hurricane Katrina and the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. As Mayor, he put a focus on economic development and creating economic opportunity for New Orleans residents, launching the NOLA Business Alliance and bringing STRIVE to New Orleans in 2015. Mitch served as the President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Prior to his election as mayor, Landrieu also served as lieutenant governor of Louisiana from 2004 to 2010. In 2017, Landrieu gained national prominence for his powerful decision to take down four Confederate monuments, which earned him the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award. In his New York Times best-selling book, In the Shadow of Statues, Landrieu recounts his personal journey confronting racism and tackles the broader history of slavery, race relations, and institutional inequalities that still plague America. Mr. Landrieu recently launched the E Pluribus Unum Fund, a social transformation initiative in the south created to fulfill America's promise of justice and opportunity for all by breaking down the barriers that divide us by race and class.

GALA EMCEE

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GAYLE KING

Gayle King is co-host of “CBS This Morning.” An experienced television journalist, King interviews top newsmakers and delivers original reporting to “CBS This Morning” and all CBS News broadcasts and platforms. She is also editor-at-large of the award-winning O, the Oprah Magazine.

Since joining CBS News in 2011, King has conducted revealing and news-making interviews with world leaders, political figures and celebrities.

King previously hosted “The Gayle King Show,” a live, weekday television interview program on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network. The program, which featured a broad variety of topics that included politics and cultural developments, was also broadcast on XM Satellite Radio, where it premiered in 2006.

Before that, King worked for 18 years as a television news anchor for CBS affiliate WFSB-TV in Hartford, CT, during which period, she also hosted her own syndicated daytime program. Prior to joining WFSB, King worked at several other television stations in Kansas City, MO, Baltimore, MD, and Washington, D.C.

King has received numerous awards for her extensive work as a journalist, including three Emmys. She was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame in 2018. In 2017 she was a Variety Power of Women honoree and in 2010 honored with both the Individual Achievement Award for Host-Entertainment/Information and NYWICI’s Matrix Award. She was honored with an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award as part of CBS News’ division-wide coverage of the Newtown tragedy. King was honored in 2008 with the American Women in Radio & Television Gracie Award for Outstanding Radio Talk Show.

King graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in psychology.

GALA CO-CHAIRS

Brian Friedman, President, Jefferies Financial Group Inc.

Tom Nides, Managing Director & Vice Chairman, Morgan Stanley

Wes Moore, CEO, Robin Hood Foundation

Dana Perino, Co-Host of “The Five”, Fox News TV


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