Bill Shore, founder and executive director of Share Our Strength (SOS) presents a President's Forum lecture titled “Acts of Conscience Can Change the World” at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 13, in the Geneva Room of the Warren Hunting Smith Library.
One of the nation's leading anti-hunger and anti-poverty organizations, SOS has raised more than $70 million and has funded more than 1,000 nonprofits since its inception in 1984 .
In addition to his work with SOS, Shore is dedicated to sharing the knowledge he has acquired since founding the operation. He teaches and lectures widely and is the chairman of Community Wealth Ventures, Inc., a for-profit consulting company that provides counsel to corporations, foundations and nonprofit organizations interested in creating community wealth.
From 1988 to 1991, Shore was chief of staff for U.S. Senator Robert Kerrey (D-Neb.). He has also served on the senatorial and presidential campaign staffs of U.S. Senator Gary Hart (D-Colo.) as legislative director and political adviser. In 1997, Shore was appointed chair of the private sector task force for the President's Summit for America's Future.
Shore is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 1991 James Beard Foundation Humanitarian Of The Year, the 1994 Washingtonian of the Year presented by Washingtonian magazine and Bon Appetite's 1999 Humanitarian of the Year. His name has appeared on the Caring Institute's Top 10 Caring People of 1995 and 1999's Non Profit Times Power and Influence Top 50 Leaders lists.
The author of “The Cathedral Within: Transforming Your Life by Giving Something Back,” which provides a blueprint for charitable action in the next century, Shore earned his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and his J.D. from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
The President's Forum Series, established in the winter of 2000 by HWS President Mark D. Gearan, is designed to bring a variety of speakers to campus to share their knowledge and ideas with students, faculty and staff of the Colleges, as well as interested community members. The talks are free and the public is encouraged to attend.