• United Way Worldwide Roundtable on Philanthropy

    May 29 2013, 01:00 - 01:00
    Location: Intercontinental Paris – Le Grand Hotel, Paris, France

    The United Way Worldwide Leadership Council invites United Way and community leaders to join them at the United Way Roundtable on Philanthropy in Paris this May. The Roundtable will bring together like-minded leaders from around the world to discuss how we might work together, in communities and across regions, through collective action and with shared value, to advance the common good. The format for the gathering will alternate presentations by well-known speakers with small group discussion. Participation will be intentionally kept small, from 50 to 60 participants.

    The agenda will include an unusual excursion to Notre Dame Cathedral where, after the cathedral is closed to tourists, our group will be treated to a brief private concert by the organist and choir. Afterwards, we’ll stroll to the nearby 13th century monastery, Collège des Bernardines, a master piece of medieval architecture for dinner under the arches of the Nave.



    Wednesday, May 29


    Registration: noon to 6pm


    3:00pm to 5:00pm- Corporate Leaders Roundtable to discuss collective action and shared value in the development and execution of initiatives to improve communities.

    Participant Speakers/Discussion Guides:

    • Steven van Groningen, CEO, Raiffeisen Bank, S.A., Romania, Bucharest, Romania

    • Brian Gallagher, President and CEO, United Way Worldwide

    • Peter Beard, Senior, Vice President, Education and Income, United Way Worldwide

    • Alfonso Villalva, Partner, SC, Mexico City, Mexico

    • Benedicte de Saint Pierre, CEO, United Way Tocqueville, Paris, France

    • Andrea Debbané, Vice President, Environmental Affairs, EADS & Airbus


    6:30pm to 10:00pm- Cocktails and Dinner, Le Grand Hotel

    • Michael K. Hayde, Chairman, United Way Worldwide Leadership Council, Chairman, Board of Directors, United Way Tocqueville, and CEO, Western National Group, Irvine, California, USA.

    Opening Keynote:

    • Maurice Lévy, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Publicis Groupe, Paris, France


    Thursday, May 30


    9:00am to 12:45pm- Opening Plenary session

    Welcome/Introductions: Steven van Groningen CEO, Raiffeisen Bank, S.A., Romania, Bucharest, Romania


    The Global Experience: Why the non-profit and business sector must work together across national borders to address social issues. Brian Gallagher, CEO, United Way Worldwide


    The European Experience:

    • The Economic landscape, Jean Claude Gruffat, European Chairman Global Subsidiaries Group, Global Banking, Citigroup, New York City, USA

    • The Social Landscape, Dr. Jörg Dräyer, Executive Board, Bertelsmann-Stiftung, Germany


    The Individual Givers’ Experience: Donors from different areas of the world answer questions about why they give and what they expect to receive.

    • Shin-Won Choi, President; CEO, SKC, Seoul, Korea

    • Larry Macdonald, CEO, Northpoint Energy, Calgary, Canada

    • Sabine Rouxde Bézieu, ED Foundation Ar Aok, Paris, France


    Moderator: Brian Long, Director, Commonwealth Bank of Austalia


    1:00pm -2:00pm: Luncheon


    2:15pm-3:30 Afternoon Plenary Session

    Philanthropy in Action: Examples of United Way Initiatives around the world

    • France- Ludwig Selhuber, Director New Business Development Europe, Corning

    • Latin America-Alfonso Villalva, Partner, Bufete Villalva, SC, Mexico City, Mexico

    • Canada- Larry Macdonald, CEO Northpoint Energy and Chairman, Vermillion Group, Calgary, Canada

    • Australia- Brian Long, Director, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Sydney, Australia


    3:30pm to 7:00pm- Free Tim


    7:30pm- Private Concert for Roundtable participants in the Cathedral of Notre Dame


    8:00pm- Dinner in the Nave of the Collége des Bernardins


    Friday May 31


    9:00am-10:30am Final Plenary Session


    10:30am- 12:00pm:

    • Optional Breakout sessions or private consultation, by appointment or expressed interest.

    • Field Trip to learn about United Way Tocqueville programs



    Attendees will stay at the Paris- Le Grand Intercontinental Hotel. With floodlit views of the Opera House, this superbly renovated luxury hotel is located in the 9th arrondissement, close to the Louvre Museum, shopping, theatre and banking districts. The room rate is 420 E per night, including breakfast.


    Reserve your room and register by emailing Fegan Forte at with your check-in and check-out dates. For questions about the agenda, contact Joyce Wilbur at or call 703-683-7853.

    The Hotel rate is 420 euro per night and includes breakfast.



    Registration is 400E.