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The Courage to Lead

Our Courage to Lead event series began in 2007 to recognize individuals who have been ambitious in their commitment to the health of our planet, society, and future generations. Each event draws a fascinating mix of guests from the corporate, government, environmental, and policy arena. It embodies our philosophy of bringing together leaders from a variety of sectors to find solutions for today’s toughest environmental and economic development challenges.

Courage to Lead raises critical unrestricted support, which enables WRI to respond quickly to emerging issues and new opportunities.

Upcoming Event

Date April 10, 2019 | 6:30 PM
Venue The Shed at Hudson Yards, New York, NY
Featuring The Inaugural WRI Ross Prize for Cities and Town Hall on Tomorrow’s Cities plus a Special Tribute to Hudson Yards
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Past Events

Date October 12, 2017 | 6:30 PM
Venue Cipriani’s 25 Broadway, New York, NY 10004
Honorees Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation
Feike Sijbesma, Chairman and CEO, Royal DSM
Special Guests Christiana Figueres, Former Executive Secretary UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
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2014 Luncheon

Venue 583 Park Avenue, New York, NY
Honorees Pamela P. Flaherty, Director of Corporate Citizenship, Citi and President and CEO, The Citi Foundation
James A. Harmon, Chairman Caravel Management LLC and Chairman, World Resources Institute
Special Guests The Honorable Hillary Rodham Clinton
Dr. Judith Rodin, President Rockefeller Foundation
Resources from the event
Event photos | Event video | Jonathan Lash Tribute video | Stephen Ross Tribute video

2012 Dinner

Venue Mandarin Oriental, New York, NY
Honorees Former WRI President Jonathan Lash
Related Companies Founder and Chairman Stephen M. Ross
Masters of Ceremony MSNBC Morning Joe Co-Hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough
Special Guests New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg
Presidential historian Michael Beschloss

Resources from the event
Event photos | Event video | Jonathan Lash Tribute video | Stephen Ross Tribute video

2009 Dinner


Mandarin Oriental, New York, NY


Bloomberg President Daniel L. Doctoroff
DuPont Chairman Charles O. Holliday

Masters of Ceremony

CNN Anchor Alina Cho

Special Guests

DuPont CEO Ellen J. Kullman
Director and producer Ric Burns

Resources from the event
Event photos | Dan Doctoroff Tribute video | Chad Holliday Tribute video

2007 Dinner

Venue Cipriani’s 42nd Street, New York, NY
Honorees GE CEO Jeffrey R. Immelt
Elizabeth McCormack and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
The late Samuel C. Johnson
Masters of Ceremony Author and journalist Thomas L. Friedman
Special Guests The Honorable Al Gore
SC Johnson CEO Fisk Johnson
WRI Founder James Gustave Speth

Resources from the event
Event photos | Event Video

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