America is entering a new golden age of philanthropy. But who are the donors stepping forward to give? What motivates them? How do they choose their causes? And what impact is their generosity having on our society?

One of the earliest signers of the Gates/Buffet Giving Pledge to give away at least half his wealth to philanthropy, David Rubenstein has made large gifts to organizations from the National Archives to the Smithsonian to Duke University to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Rubenstein sees his donations as “down payments for my obligation to repay the country for everything I’ve had.” He’s joined in conversation by a panel that includes Jessica Bibliowicz, Chairman of the Weill Cornell Medicine Board of Overseers and board member of Cornell University, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Sotheby’s, Realogy and the Asia Pacific Fund, among others. Join them for an inspiring and entertaining conversation the future of philanthropy.


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David M. Rubenstein

David M. Rubenstein is a Co-Founder and Co-CEO of The Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest private equity firms. Mr. Rubenstein co-founded the firm in 1987. Since then, Carlyle has grown into a firm managing $169 billion from 35 offices around the world.

Mr. Rubenstein, a native of Baltimore, is a 1970 magna cum laude graduate of Duke, where he was elected Phi Beta Kappa. Following Duke, Mr. Rubenstein graduated in 1973 from The University of Chicago Law School, where he was an editor of the Law Review.

From 1973-75, Mr. Rubenstein practiced law in New York with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. From 1975-76 he served as Chief Counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Constitutional Amendments. From 1977-1981, during the Carter Administration, Mr. Rubenstein was Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy. After his White House service and before co-founding Carlyle, Mr. Rubenstein practiced law in Washington with Shaw, Pittman, Potts & Trowbridge (now Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman).

Mr. Rubenstein is Chairman of the Boards of Trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and of Duke University, a Regent of the Smithsonian Institution, Co-Chairman of the Brookings Institution, Vice-Chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations, a Trustee of the National Gallery of Art and President of the Economic Club of Washington.

Mr. Rubenstein is on the Board of Directors or Trustees of University of Chicago, the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins Medicine, the Institute for Advanced Study and the National Museum of Natural History of the Smithsonian Institution.

Mr. Rubenstein is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Business Council, Visiting Committee of the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard, the Harvard Business School Board of Dean’s Advisors, the Board of Trustees of the Young Global Leaders Foundation, Advisory Board of School of Economics and Management Tsinghua University, the Madison Council of the Library of Congress (Chairman), and the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum.

Mr. Rubenstein is married to Alice Rogoff Rubenstein, and they have three grown children.

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Jessica M. Bibliowicz

Jessica M. Bibliowicz is Chairman of the Board of Overseers of Weill Cornell Medicine. A successful entrepreneur in the financial services business for nearly three decades, Ms. Bibliowicz has served on the Board of Overseers for the last decade.

Ms. Bibliowicz is currently Senior Advisor at Bridge Growth Partners, a new growth-oriented private equity investment firm focused on investments in technology and financial services as well as technology-enabled opportunities in other sectors. She was Chairman and CEO of National Financial Partners (NYSE:NFP) until its sale to Madison Dearborn Partners in June of 2013. NFP and its benefits, insurance and wealth management businesses provide diversified advisory and brokerage services to companies and high-net-worth individuals, partnering with them to preserve their assets and prosper over the long term.

Ms. Bibliowicz became President and CEO of NFP in 1999 when the company was funded by Apollo Global Management, LLC. She became Chairman of the Board in June of 2003 and took the company public in September of 2003.

Prior to joining NFP, Ms. Bibliowicz served as President and Chief Operating Officer of John A. Levin & Co., a registered investment advisor. Ms. Bibliowicz’s career in the financial services industry began in 1981. She spent eight years in the Asset Management Division of Shearson Lehman Brothers and joined Salomon Brothers after they purchased Lehman Management’s Private Client Group. In 1992, she became the Director of Sales and Marketing for Prudential Mutual Funds and in 1994 became head of Smith Barney Mutual Funds.

In 2003, Ms. Bibliowicz was honored as the “Innovator of the Year” by American Banker. She has been a guest on CNBC, CNN and Fox Business News and has been featured in national publications such as Private Wealth, BusinessWeek, Crain’s New York Business, Financial Planning, Investment Advisor, InvestmentNews and The New York Times.

Ms. Bibliowicz is a member of the Board of Trustees of Cornell University, a member of the Board of Trustees of NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and a member of the Board of Directors for Jazz at Lincoln Center. She is also a member of the Board for Asia Pacific Fund, (NYSE:APB), a member of the Board for Sotheby’s (NYSE:BID) and a board director/ trustee of Prudential Insurance Funds.

Ms. Bibliowicz graduated from Cornell University, has two sons and lives with her husband in New York.

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David Callahan

David Callahan is the author of The Givers: Wealth, Power, and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age. He is also the author of seven previous nonfiction books including The Cheating Culture: Why More Americans Are Doing Wrong to Get Ahead and Fortunes of Change: The Rise of the Liberal Rich and the Remaking of America. He is founder and editor of the media site Inside Philanthropy, and co-founder of the national think tank Demos. His writing has appeared in numerous publications, including The New York Times, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post, and he is a frequent media commentator. He is a graduate of Hampshire College and holds a Ph.D. in politics from Princeton University.

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