December 7, 2009

Share Our Strength founder to give Carey School lecture

Philanthropist and social change pioneer Bill Shore is the featured speaker for the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School’s annual H. Melvin Brown Lecture, to be held at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 9, in Mason Hall on the Homewood campus.

Shore is founder and executive director of Share Our Strength, the nation’s leading organization working to end childhood hunger in America. His remarks are titled “Creating Community Wealth to Capitalize Social Change.”

Shore founded Share Our Strength in 1984 in response to the Ethiopian famine and subsequent renewed concern about hunger in the United States. He is also the chairman of Community Wealth Ventures, a for-profit subsidiary of Share Our Strength that provides strategic counsel to foundations and nonprofit organizations interested in creating community wealth.

From 1988 to 1991, Shore served as chief of staff for Sen. Robert Kerrey of Nebraska. Previously, from 1978 through 1987, he served on the senatorial and presidential campaign staffs of Sen. Gary Hart of Colorado. Shore’s three books, Revolution of the Heart, The Cathedral Within and The Light of Conscience, describe his transition from the political world to one of innovative community service that encompasses social change, acts of conscience and resourceful leadership.

In 2008, Shore received the Gleitsman Citizen Activist Award from the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. The biennial award recognizes exceptional citizen-leaders and their work to correct social injustice. In 2005, U.S. News & World Report named Shore one of “America’s Best Leaders.”

The H. Melvin Brown Lecture series was founded in 1977 by Henry “Mel” Brown, an alumnus and supporter of business education at Johns Hopkins, to give students the opportunity to learn from and interact with the great leaders and thinkers of the day.

To register for the lecture, go to carey.jhu .edu/h_melvin_brown.