Connecting Missions: Foundations and Independent Colleges and Universities

2016 Foundation Conversation 10/10/2016 10/10/2016 10/10/201610/10/201610/10/201610/10/2016 TIAA Wharton Auditorium New York, NY

About the Conversation

This meeting provides an occasion for CIC college and university presidents from across the nation to engage in candid conversation with senior foundation officers. In 2016, the Conversation will include six foundation presenters, with generous amounts of time for discussion during each session as well as informal networking opportunities between sessions. In our experience, the presidents of colleges and universities are better equipped to guide both academic affairs and development offices in making thoughtful approaches to foundations when they think about the hard issues well before a particular grant idea surfaces. This annual discussion is CIC's contribution to nurturing those habits of thought at the leadership level.

  • Christopher L. Coble, Vice President for Religion, Lilly Endowment Inc.
  • Daniel L. Goroff, Vice President and Program Director, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
  • Dale Thomas Knobel, Senior Fellow, Higher Education, Arthur Vining Davis Foundations (former president of Denison University)
  • Harold O. Levy, Executive Director, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation
  • Maria Pellegrini, Executive Director of Programs, W.M. Keck Foundation
  • Lisa Marsh Ryerson, President, AARP Foundation (former president of Wells College)




Hotel and Travel

For those needing hotel accommodations, a block of rooms is being held at a discounted rate at the Westin New York Grand Central.
212 East 42nd Street
New York, New York, 10017
Phone: (212) 490-8900 or (866) 961-3782

Room Rate: $309 per night plus state and local taxes (currently 14.75% plus $3.50 daily occupancy fee) for single or double occupancy. Please refer to CIC when calling to make your reservation or you may book online.

Reservation Deadline: Thursday, September 8, 2016.
(Please note: The room block may fill up before this date and any available rooms after the block is full may not be at the discounted rate of $309.)

The Westin New York Grand Central is located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan (at 42nd and 3rd Avenue) and just a five-minute walk from TIAA’s headquarters at 730 Third Avenue.  The hotel is ideally situated just a few short blocks to renowned landmarks, including the Empire State Building, Bryant Park, The New York Public Library, and the United Nations Headquarters.  The Westin is easily accessible from New York’s three area airports and is about a seven-minute walk from New York’s Grand Central Station.

Check-in is at 3:00 p.m. and check-out is at 12:00 noon. Please note that cancellations must be made 24 hours prior to arrival. Any reservation not cancelled or any no-shows will be charged one night’s room rate plus applicable sales tax.

If you have questions, please contact Barbara Hetrick, CIC’s senior vice president, at (202) 466-7230 or


Presentation Slideshow - Daniel L. Goroff
Daniel L. Goroff, Vice President and Program Director, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Presentation Slideshow - Maria Pellegrini
Maria Pellegrini, Executive Director of Programs, W.M. Keck Foundation