March 4, 2021

NFTE 2021 Entrepreneurial Spirit Awards Virtual Gala

Join us to support our enterprising educators and aspiring young entrepreneurs!

 

Thursday, March 4, 2021

6:15 p.m. ET / 3:15 p.m. PT – Pre-Show
6:30 p.m. ET / 3:30 p.m. PT – Virtual Gala
7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT – Alumni Business Expo

 

The Entrepreneurial Leadership Award is presented to:

The Citi Foundation, to be accepted by Brandee McHale, Head of Citi Community Investing and Development, President of the Citi Foundation
American Student Assistance (ASA), to be accepted by Jean Eddy, President and CEO
 
The Lowell B. Mason Awards for Exemplary Board Service are presented to:
  • Gus Harris, Executive Director (Retired), Moody’s Analytics
  • Michael J. Kacsmar, Partner, EY
  • Diana Davis Spencer, President, Diana Davis Spencer Foundation

The Entrepreneurial Leadership Award is presented to:

The Citi Foundation, to be accepted by Brandee McHale, Head of Citi Community Investing and Development, President of the Citi Foundation.
Brandee McHale is Head of Community Investing and Development at Citi and President of the Citi Foundation. She leads Citi’s efforts to drive economic opportunity and invest in the equitable and inclusive growth of communities through impact investing, inclusive finance, community relations, and the philanthropy of the Citi Foundation.
With more than three decades of experience in financial services and philanthropy, Brandee has dedicated her career to developing forward-thinking initiatives that connect low-income communities and communities of color to jobs, housing, and a more economically secure future. Prior to her current role, she led Citi’s corporate citizenship efforts, including philanthropy, volunteerism, and environmental sustainability. She previously served as Director of Operations for Citi Community Capital as well as in a variety of business management and philanthropy-related leadership roles within community relations. She also helped establish a business case for financial inclusion and asset building as a program officer at the Ford Foundation.
Brandee currently serves as Board Chair for Living Cities, a collaborative of the 22 largest philanthropic foundations in the U.S. that is dedicated to closing racial wealth gaps. She formerly served as Chair of the Global Steering Committee for the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), as Board Chair for Prosperity Now, an organization focused on economic opportunity and mobility in the U.S., and served on the board of directors of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), America’s Promise Alliance and Philanthropy NY.
ASA, to be accepted by Jean Eddy, President and CEO, American Student Assistance.
As President and CEO, Jean develops and drives the overall strategic direction of the organization. Named by the Board of Directors as CEO in the fall of 2016, she was asked to undertake an evaluation of the organization’s direction and purpose to better align ASA’s strengths with highest student impact areas. During Jean’s tenure, ASA has pivoted from a 65-year history of helping students with college financing and repayment options to a new focus of helping students discover potential career paths earlier in their education journey, before financing or repayment need occur. In collaboration with the Board and her senior management team, she has successfully shifted ASA’s focus and direction to help kids – as early as middle school to – know themselves, know their options, and make informed choices about their education and career goals.
Prior to becoming its CEO, Jean served on the Board of ASA for 20 years, serving most recently as Vice Chair. She has spent her career in higher education holding numerous senior level positions. Deeply committed to student success, she is known for building student-focused infrastructures at higher education institutions. Jean came to ASA with more than 25 years of experience creating and leading education organizations, serving as the Chief Operating Officer at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), Senior Vice President for Students and Enrollment at Brandeis University, and holding multiple roles in the financial services and enrollment areas during a 12-year tenure at Northeastern University.
Nationally, Jean is a recognized speaker and subject matter expert, and she is an outstanding communicator with internal and external audiences. She served on Governor Charlie Baker’s Commission on Digital Innovation and Lifelong Learning, and she holds a bachelor’s degree from Roger Williams University and a master’s degree from Johnson & Wales University.

The Lowell B. Mason Awards for Exemplary Board Service are presented to:

Gus Harris, Executive Director (Retired), Moody’s Analytics
Michael J. Kacsmar, Partner, EY
Diana Davis Spencer, President, Diana Davis Spencer Foundation
Patricia Alper
The Alper Portfolio Group
David Chubak
Citigroup
Noah J. Hanft
AcumenADR
Gus Harris
Moody’s Analytics (Retired)
Michael J. Kacsmar
EY
Timothy Murphy
Mastercard
Anthony Salcito
Microsoft
Tucker York
Goldman Sachs & Co.

The Party Starts on Social Media!

We can’t wait to celebrate our teachers and honor some distinguished leaders and partners with you at our Gala this March 4. Even though we’ll all be virtual, there are still plenty of ways to interact with us before, during, and after the event, on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter… and even TikTok! We’ve backgrounds you can download, hashtags and handles, and fun post ideas to get you started, but you can always use your entrepreneurial mindset and think of more!

 

There are lots of fun ways to engage!
Show Your Excitement!
  • What do you wear to a virtual event? Share an image or a TikTok post of your getting ready for the gala! Dress up… or dress down!
Shout-out our Incredible Teachers and Alumni!
  • Have you worked with one of our teachers? Celebrate them with us by giving them a shout out!
  • Does a NFTE alum work for you? Are you a NFTE alum?
Share our Posts with Your Network!
  • Are you one of our sponsor partners? Share one of our images and tag your company!

 

Don’t forget to tag us and use our hashtags so we can share your post!

 

Hashtags:
#NFTEGala
#FrontLineTeachers
#EntrepreneurialSpirit
#IamNFTE

Who to Tag:
@NFTE
@Citi Foundation
@AmericanStudentAssistance

 

Have a Facebook Profile?
Use one of our incredible frames!

NFTE Facebook Profile Frames

1. Go to www.facebook.com/profilepicframes
2. Click your profile picture in the bottom left and select your Page
3. Type “#NFTEGala” or “#IamNFTE” in the Search Bar
4. Choose the frame you want to use from the results
5. Click ‘Use as Profile Picture’

 

Join us on Snapbar.com!

1. Go to nftegala.virtualbooth.co/
2. Click “Enter” and agree to the disclaimer
3. Use your device’s camera to take a picture or upload a photo
4. Decorate with our backgrounds, frames, and sticker options
5. Share your photo on social media with one of our hashtags!
6. Your photo is shared the Snapbar gallery, linked inside the snapbar booth!

 

 

 

NFTE Thanks Its 2021 Gala Supporters

Diamond

Platinum

Gold

Susan and Tucker YorkGus and Mary Beth Harris

Silver

Bronze

Patricia AlperDora and Noah HanftElizabeth and Michael Kacsmar

Mandy and Tim Murphy Family FundDavid Spreng

Friend

Lauren Beitelspacher
William and Marjory Blumenthal
John Casanova
CFGI, LLC
David Chubak
Douglas Cooper
Clara Del Villar
Joel Feinberg
GCSEN Foundation
Kyle Garman
Matthew Gilmore
Josh Hafer
Susan and Chuck Harris
Reginald F. Lewis Foundation
The Masters School
Drew Oliver
PNC Bank
Emilio Ragosa
Diana Rowan Rockefeller
Susan and Tim Schieffelin
Siegfried Group
USI Insurance
John Van De Weert

Supporter

Cody Chang
Jerry Goldberg
Karla Readshaw
Max Savole
Brent Steele
Ben Teicher
Rachpal Thind
Kevin Wolfgang

List as of March 1, 2021.

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