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Courage to Lead Dinner Honors Environmental Innovators

WRI Annual Dinner gathers leaders tackling today's toughest environmental challenges, and raises more than $1 million to support WRI's work.

Last night more than 350 people joined WRI at The Mandarin Oriental in New York to recognize two visionary leaders who have blazed new paths to protect the environment and improve people’s lives.

Daniel L. Doctoroff, President of Bloomberg L.P., is a successful investor who injected passion and drive into public service and in doing so brought to life to one of the most ambitious urban sustainability initiatives in the world. Under the leadership of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Mr. Doctoroff led New York’s dramatic economic resurgence after 9/11 with a comprehensive five-borough economic development strategy. He also led the creation of PLANYC, the most extensive plan to strengthen an urban environment ever undertaken by an American city.

Charles O. Holliday, Chairman of DuPont, is an engineer who, throughout a career in industry, has harnessed the power of innovation and top line growth toward solving society’s most pressing environmental challenges. Under Mr. Holliday’s leadership, DuPont established its mission to achieve sustainable growth – increasing shareholder and societal value while decreasing the company’s environmental footprint.

WRI’s Courage to Lead Dinner raised over $1 million in unrestricted funds to support the Institute’s ability to find practical solutions to environment and development challenges.

Dinner Co-Chairs were Peter T. Grauer, Jeffrey R. Immelt, Ellen J. Kullman, and Stephen M. Ross. CNN National Correspondent Alina Cho served as master of ceremonies. Other featured speakers included DuPont CEO Ellen Kullman, WRI President Jonathan Lash, and Director and Producer Ric Burns. The dinner featured a small, dynamic auction led by Lydia Fenet of Christie’s Auction House.

WRI is pleased to recognize the supporters of the evening’s event:


Stephen M. Ross and Related Companies

Ogilvy & Mather

Cravath, Swaine & Moore
Doctoroff Family Foundation
Louisa and Bob Duemling
Duke Energy and Jim Rogers
Goldman Sachs
Matthew Nimetz and General Atlantic
Ronald Perelman and MacAndrews & Forbes
Invenergy LLC and Michael Polsky
Tishman Speyer
Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP

Alcoa Foundation
Angeleno Group and Daniel Weiss
Bank of America
Crowell & Moring
Dickstein Shapiro LLP
Geller & Company
Al and Tipper Gore
James A. Harmon
JPMorgan Chase
News Corporation
NRG Energy, Inc.
Ted and Connie Roosevelt
Todd S. Thomson
TPG Capital, L.P.
Van Scoyoc Associates and Van Scoyoc Kelly PLLC

Glenn R. August
Ballard Spahr LLP
BNY Mellon
Estée Lauder Companies, Inc.
Richard Hayes and Deloitte LLP
Morgan Stanley
PNM Resources
Rio Tinto
Peter J. Solomon Company, L.P.
Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch
The Traveler’s Companies, Inc.

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