Join Outward Bound Peacebuilding for our first ever Benefit Dinner on Monday, May 1 2017.
The evening will celebrate the power of the Outward Bound experience to challenge and inspire a new generation of leaders to work together toward peace. Be part of a community that chooses compassion.
GUEST SPEAKER: William Ury
Author, Mediator, Walker. A co-founder of Harvard’s Program on Negotiation and Abraham Path. As one of the world’s leading experts on negotiation and mediation, William is currently a Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Harvard Negotiation Project. He is the author of Getting to Yes with Yourself, The Power of a Positive No, Getting Past No, and The Third Side, and co-author (with Roger Fisher and Bruce Patton) of Getting to Yes.
2017 PARTNER IN PEACE AWARD: Michael D. Schwamm and the Pro Bono Program of Duane Morris, LLP
Michael is a partner at Duane Morris, LLC and member of Outward Bound Peacebuilding’s Advisors. Michael’s long-standing commitment to Pro Bono work was recognized with a 2016 Lawyers Who Lead by Example award from the New York Law Journal.
2017 AUDACIOUS IN PEACE ALUMNI AWARD: Michal Alter
Michal is an alum of the 2012 Practicum on Experiential Peacebuilding (PEP) and co-founder/CEO of Visit.org.
About Bill Ury
He is co-author with Roger Fisher and Bruce Patton of Getting to Yes, a fourteen-million- copy bestseller translated into over thirty-five languages, and the author of Getting Past No, The Power of a Positive No, The Third Side and, most recently, the award-winning Getting to Yes with Yourself.
Over the last 35 years, Dr. Ury has served as a negotiation adviser and mediator in conflicts ranging from labor strikes and boardroom battles to civil wars in the Middle East, Latin America, and the former Soviet Union. During the Cold War, Ury served as a consultant to the Crisis Management Center at the White House, helping to create nuclear risk reduction centers. He has taught negotiation and mediation to tens of thousands of corporate executives, labor leaders, diplomats, and military officers around the world.
Ury is founder of the Abraham Path Initiative, which seeks to bring people together across cultures by opening a long-distance walking route in the Middle East that retraces the footsteps of Abraham and his family. ABC’s Christiane Amanpour calls the Abraham Path “an unprecedented initiative to break down barriers and foster communication in the most divided region of the world.” He has a popular TED talk about the Abraham Path, entitled “The Walk from No to Yes.” He is also co-founder of the Climate Parliament, which unites parliamentarians from around the world with civil society to bring about a transition to renewable energy.
William is the recipient of the Whitney North Seymour Award from the American Arbitration Association and the Distinguished Service Medal from the Russian Parliament. His work has been widely featured in the media from The New York Times to the Financial Times and from CNN to the BBC.
Trained as a social anthropologist, Ury has a B.A. from Yale and a Ph.D. from Harvard.
About Michael Schwamm and the Pro Bono Program at Duane Morris, LLP
Michael D. Schwamm practices in the areas of corporate, mergers and acquisitions, securities and technology law. Mr. Schwamm represents companies of all sizes, including startups and venture-backed companies, privately held family businesses and both large and small public companies in all aspects of their business affairs; he also provides services to venture capital and private equity funds, angel and other institutional investors. He also assists family offices in structuring their direct business acquisitions and co-leads the corporate practice group’s initiative in this area. He has worked on a wide variety of transactions, including public offerings, private placements, mergers, acquisitions, reverse mergers into public shells, joint ventures and licensing arrangements involving a number of industries, such as biotechnology, e-commerce, entertainment, healthcare, manufacturing, sports and telecommunications.
Michael serves as the Pro Bono Coordinator for the New York City office and was an 2016 honoree for Lawyers Who Lead by Example from the New York Law Journal (awarded to attorneys with an outstanding record of providing crucial legal services to poor or nearly poor New Yorkers).
Mr. Schwamm formerly served as Vice President, General Counsel of FiberCity Networks, Inc., a telecommunications service provider. He is a 1983 magna cum laude graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, where he was editor of the Journal of Law and Policy in International Business and a cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania.
Duane Morris believes in equal justice for all. Pro bono service has been an integral part of the Firm’s culture and a backbone of the Firm’s value system since its founding more than 110 years ago. Through the Pro Bono Program, Duane Morris encourages and supports all Firm attorneys and non-attorney personnel in their legal service to individuals, non-profit legal service providers, community economic development organizations and all other organizations that work to address unmet legal, civil, economic, environmental, health, shelter, and societal needs. Duane Morris provides extensive pro bono service in all of its U.S. and international offices, working to strengthen the communities in which Firm employees live and work. In 2016, Duane Morris provided over 33,000 pro bono hours firmwide in more than 900 active matters; this is the equivalent of 18 attorneys working on pro bono matters full-time. Over 200 of these matters focused on representing nonprofits, micro-entrepreneurs, small business, and social ventures supporting community building efforts locally and internationally.
Duane Morris has provided pro bono legal representation to Outward Bound Center for Peacebuilding (OBCP) since its inception in 2007. Attorneys helped incorporate OBCP and obtain IRS tax-exempt status, participated in the selection of its executive director and reviewed a wide variety of contracts, including program agreements, trademark licensing agreements and employment agreements.
About Michal Alter
Michal Alter is an alum of the 2012 Practicum on Experiential Peacebuilding (PEP). One year after her PEP experience she co-founded visit.org, now the world’s leading platform for designing travel experiences that engage in responsible and mutually beneficial ways with nonprofits and other impactful organizations.
Michal’s professional experience combines technology and social development. She has consulted for senior management at various leading nonprofit organizations in New York City, including New York Cares, Solar One, UNESCO, and Women’s World Banking. Before moving to NY, she was the director of Refugee Affairs within Tel Aviv’s city government where she led social service delivery and programming to a community of 20,000 refugees from Darfur, South Sudan, and Eritrea. Michal is a Computer Science Engineer and worked as Systems Architect at Nuance Communications (Nasdaq: NUAN), and at Risk Modules, both part of the thriving Israeli high tech industry. Michal was one of the first female pilot cadets in the Israeli Air Force.
Michal holds a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University, a Bachelor of Arts in East Asian Studies from Tel Aviv University, and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. She speaks English, Spanish, and Hebrew.
Presenting Sponsor – $25,000
Summit Sponsor – $15,000
Compassionate Leadership Sponsor – $10,000
Partners for Peace Sponsor – $7,500
Table Sponsor – $5,000
Host Committee – $2,500
Individual Tickets: $500
Non-profit Partner Tickets: $375
Details to follow.
If you have any questions, please contact Flavio Bollag at flavio[at]outwardboundpeace.org or 631-896-1252.