Independent Sector Honors Jeff Skoll TonightNovember 12, 2012 by Sally Farhat Kassab
Tonight at the Independent Sector dinner, Jeff Skoll will be awarded the the 2012 John W. Gardner Leadership Award. Congratulations, Jeff! More info from the press release:
Innovative, driven, results-oriented. These are just a few words that describe Jeff Skoll, recipient of Independent Sector’s 2012 John W. Gardner Leadership Award. IS will honor Jeff for his outstanding and innovative leadership in promoting a sustainable world of peace and prosperity at the 2012 Independent Sector Annual Conference on November 12 in San Francisco.
The first full-time employee and first president of eBay, Jeff Skoll was connecting individuals and creating social networks long before Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter became household names. Jeff’s first independent philanthropic venture was the Skoll Foundation.
Since its creation in 1999, the Skoll Foundation has been a catalytic force in social entrepreneurship, investing in 91 social entrepreneurs and 74 organizations across five continents. Jeff credits the Foundation’s strategic focus to a meeting with John W. Gardner, after whom the award is named. Gardner advised Jeff and Skoll Foundation CEO Sally Osberg to “bet on good people doing good things.” Some of the Foundation’s signature programs include the annual Skoll World Forum and the Skoll Awards for Social Entrepreneurship.