Meet the Honorees - Spring Benefit 2017
On May 2, 2017, join emcee Soledad O'Brien, our honorees and supporters in celebrating our reaching 1 million students!
Esther Dyson, Honoree
Esther Dyson is a journalist and commentator on emerging digital technology, a philanthropist and an entrepreneur through EDventure Holdings.
Her most recent projects include The WaytoWellville, the first project of HICCup.co (Health Initiative Coordinating Council), a contest to create and measure the impact of broad community-wide health-production programs.
Dyson explores, invests in, and writes about new space, health and IT start-ups and technologies. Her Board seats include 23andMe, Eventful, Luxoft, Meetup, PA Consulting, Personal Inc., Voxiva, XCOR, WPP Group, Yandex, Long Now Foundation, Sunlight Foundation, Personal Genome Project, WEF Global Agenda Council on Fostering Entrepreneurship, and ExpandED Schools.
Dyson received her A.B. from Harvard University and completion certificate from the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center.
Soledad O'Brien, Master of Ceremonies
Soledad O'Brien is founder and CEO of Starfish Media Group, a multi-platform media production and distribution company. Through SMG, O'Brien reports for HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.” She also hosts the National Geographic Bee and produces reports and documentaries for CNN, Al Jazeera, and NBC.
Earlier in her career, O’Brien co-anchored “Weekend Today” and contributed to the “Today” show and “NBC Nightly News.” In 2003, O’Brien became the face of CNN’s morning news shows and a go-to breaking news anchor. There, she won three Emmys, the George Foster Peabody Award, and the Alfred I DuPont Award, among others.
O’Brien is also a speaker and critically acclaimed author of "The Next Big Story.” Along with her husband, she created the Soledad O’Brien & Brad Raymond Starfish Foundation to help disadvantaged young women get to and through college.
O'Brien is a Harvard University graduate and member of the ExpandED Schools Leadership Council.