By Jen Field, Social Impact Director at GLG

Photo: (L-R) GLG’s Richard Socarides, me, DEY’s Rimjhim Dey, and The Atlantic’s Adam Harris

I was thrilled to co-host GLG’s annual dinner celebrating our GLG Social Impact Fellows at the Milken Institute Global Conference, alongside GLG CEO Paul Todd. It was a great evening in Los Angeles, and we were proud to be joined by several of our Fellows, GLG clients and friends, and leaders from across industries who are attending Milken this week.

Photo: (L-R) Kiva’s Neville Crawley, Pursuit’s Jukay Hsu, and myself

Yesterday also marked the opening of our 2019 application period for the next class of GLG Social Impact Fellows (the application is available here). Every year, we’re impressed by the caliber of the applications we receive. In 2018, we welcomed an expanded class of nine Fellows from a particularly exceptional pool, and as this year’s application process begins, we’re eager to get to know a new group of changemakers, who will join GLG’s global community of 45 current and alumni Fellows around the world.

Several members of that community were represented last night. We were honored to celebrate the work of Minhaj Chowdhury (2016 GLG Fellow, whose organization, Drinkwell, expands access to clean water in India and Bangladesh), Julie Cordua (2018 Fellow and CEO of Thorn, which helps protect children from sexual abuse, and who just won the prestigious Skoll Award), Jukay Hsu (2017 Fellow, whose organization, Pursuit, provides technology training to help lift underserved groups out of poverty), and Oliver Libby, from our inaugural 2014 Fellow class, chair of The Resolution Project, which empowers young people to create social change.

Photo: (L-R) GLG’s Paul Todd, Jenna Wallenstein, and Politico’s Ben White

What makes Milken such an exciting environment, especially for someone who’s spent much of her career working in social impact, is to see some of the business world embracing the idea that we need to drive shared prosperity. It’s something we’ve long believed at GLG; from our very first project 20 years ago, and in the millions of insights we’ve shared since, we’ve seen firsthand how making business smarter helps make the world work better – for our clients, our communities, and ultimately for all of us.

We are extremely proud of all our Fellows and the crucial work they do to help tackle some of the world’s most pressing challenges. And we’re proud that our GLG clients, friends, and other leaders could join us at Milken to celebrate them.

Photo: Thorn’s Julie Cordua