Programs for Nov 1-30

November 1, Quarterback Roundtable – 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.

Michael Brooks is our Quarterback.

November 4, Thursday Club Dinner – starting with cocktails at 5:30 p.m.

Speaker is Jacqueline Lewis, of LEADERSHIP Philadelphia. Her topic—Beyond Optics: Meaningful Diversification of Nonprofit Boards. Currently, the boards of nonprofit organizations face considerable pressure and appetite to diversify their membership. But what makes diversification meaningful? And what is the benefit to these organizations? Drawing on her experience in connecting local nonprofit leaders with qualified board candidates, Lewis aims to spark a conversation on what works well, what doesn’t, and why we should care.

Jacqueline Lewis is an attorney and strategist with 25-plus years of experience in legal analysis, problem-solving, and nonprofit administration, including service as deputy director of operations at the Penn Museum. Since 2017, she has directed LEADERSHIP Philadelphia’s Collaborative program, placing talented professionals on the boards of local nonprofits. She also leads the Keepers Program, an invitation-only fellowship for young leaders, founders, and technologists. Other affiliations include CraftNOW Philadelphia (board member), the Philadelphia Police Foundation (event committee), Medical Reserve Corps (nonclinical volunteer), St. Peter’s Church (past Accounting Warden & Vestry member), the Powel House Committee, Episcopal Community Services, Wagner Institute of Science, St. Peter’s School, the American Bar Association (Vice-Chair, Fidelity & Surety Law Committee), The Pearlman Association (Seattle), and Orpheus Club.

November 8, Quarterback Roundtable – 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.

Gresham Riley is our Quarterback.

November 11, Thursday Luncheon Roundtable – 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.

Speaker is Deborah Gordon Klehr, executive director of the Education Law Center. Her topic—The Case for Fair Funding of Pennsylvania Schools. The General Assembly has a constitutional duty to support and maintain a thorough and efficient system of public education. Yet Pennsylvania ranks 45th nationally in state support for education, and we have large per-pupil spending gaps between poor and wealthy school districts. Klehr will give us timely information on ELC’s lawsuit challenging the state’s school funding system, which is set for trial in Commonwealth Court starting on November 12.

Deborah Gordon Klehr joined ELC in 2005 after clerking for U.S. District Court Judge Raymond Deane, Eastern District of New York. She has taught education law at Penn’s Graduate School of Education. Early in her career, she was a kindergarten and first grade teacher in Hoboken, NJ. She serves on the Pennsylvania Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and was recently elected to The American Law Institute. Deborah is a graduate of Princeton and Harvard Law School.

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November 15, Quarterback Roundtable – 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.

Alina Macneal is our Quarterback.

November 19, Friday Club Dinner, starting with cocktails at 5:30 p.m.

Speaker is Bruce Kuklick, Nichols Professor of American History, Emeritus, at Penn. His topic—Fascism Comes to America. Presenting clips from several movies that conveyed differing fascist visions in the 20th and 21st centuries, he argues that American English over the past 100 years has made “fascism” a term of denigration and disapproval rather than a political or ideological concept. His talk derives from a book of the same name, to be published next year.

Born in Philadelphia, Bruce Kuklick attended its public schools and received a BA in philosophy and a PhD in American civilization from Penn. He also studied at Oxford University and the University of London. At Penn, he has received all of the university’s teaching awards. He has held guest professorships and fellowships in the Netherlands, Belgium, and England. His teaching has covered American political, diplomatic, and intellectual history as well as the philosophy of history. He has lectured extensively to general audiences and has consulted for universities, philanthropic institutions, and government agencies. He was elected to the American Philosophical Society in 2004.

Kuklick’s most recent books are a second edition of A Political History of the United States: One Nation Under God (2019) and The Fighting Sullivans, about the deaths of the five Sullivan brothers in WWII (2016). He is the author of a three-volume history of American thought, Churchmen and Philosophers: Jonathan Edwards to John Dewey (1985); The Rise of American Philosophy: Cambridge Massachusetts, 1860-1930 (1976); and Philosophy in America, 1720–2000 (2001). His book on the significance of baseball in Philadelphia, To Every Thing a Season: Shibe Park and Urban Philadelphia (1991), won the Casey Award and the SABR-Macmillan Baseball Prize. His writing has been translated into Dutch, Japanese Korean, Polish, and Spanish.

November 22, Quarterback Roundtable – 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.

Palmer Hartl is our Quarterback.

November 25 – Thanksgiving Day – Holiday

November 29, Quarterback Roundtable – 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.

Tom Tropp is our Quarterback.