October 9 — Nicholas Kristof, New York Times columnist

Thursday, October 9, 2014
7:45am  Continental Breakfast
8:15-9:15am  Forum

Nicholas Kristof
Pulitzer Prize winning columnist, New York Times

in conversation with John Kobara,
COO, California Community Foundation

A Path Appears:
Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity

500 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90071

$20 General Admission
$43 Includes Kristof’s book

Nicholas D. Kristof, a columnist for The New York Times since November 2001, is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner who writes op-ed columns that appear twice a week.

With his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, he has coauthored three previous books: Half the SkyThunder from the East, and China Wakes. They were awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1990 for their coverage of China and the 2009 Dayton Literary Peace Prize. He was previously bureau chief in Hong Kong, Beijing, and Tokyo and a correspondent in Los Angeles. He won his second Pulitzer in 2006 for his columns on Darfur. Kristof has lived on four continents, reported on six, and traveled to more than 150 countries, plus all 50 states, every Chinese province and every main Japanese island. Visit his bog at The New York Times.  For more on the Half the Sky Movement, visit the site.

Equal in urgency and compassion to Half the Sky, the new book from the acclaimed husband-and-wife team is even more ambitious in scale: a deep examination of people who are making the world a better place, and the myriad ways we can support them, whether with a donation of five dollars or five million, an inkling to help or a useful skill to deploy. With scrupulous research and on-the-ground reporting, the authors assay the art and science of giving-determining the current most successful local and global aid initiatives (on issues from education to inner-city violence to disease prevention), evaluating the efficiency and impact of specific approaches and charities, as well as fund-raising. Most compellingly, perhaps, they show us how particular people have made a difference, and offer practical advice on how best each of us can give and what we can personally derive from doing so.

John E. Kobara is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the California Community Foundation (CCF). He is responsible for all of the development, marketing, administrative, grant making, civic engagement, program, and donor relations functions for the 48th largest foundation in the nation. CCF manages more than 1700 foundations and funds to assist high net worth families, individuals, corporations and non-profits pursue their philanthropic visions. Since 2004, CCF has made more than $1.5 billion in grants as investments in the future of local communities.

John has been engaged in successful three pioneering start-ups traversing a broad spectrum of industries. Previously, John was CEO of the CK12 Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles, OnlineLearning.net, Vice Chancellor of UCLA, and VP General Manager of Falcon Cable TV. He has earned degrees from UCLA, USC, and Occidental College.


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