The room was abuzz as we mingled with old friends, met new ones, and viewed the results of 18 design grants that matched nonprofits with the Collaborative's talented volunteers in 2017. An Eagles chant, initiated by our honoree, Stephen Klasko, MD, MBA, President and CEO of Jefferson University and Thomas Jefferson Health, settled the high energy crowd for the short program.
The Collaborative presented its 2018 Leverage Award to Dr. Klasko for connecting health and design in groundbreaking ways. His colleagues, Dr. Bon Ku and Dean Barbara Klinkhammer, who lead Jefferson’s interdisciplinary collaborations between the medical and design schools, joined him on stage and lingered all evening to engage directly with Leverage attendees.
Proceeds from Leverage support the Collaborative's core Design Grants program. The event raised $100,000, enough to support 10 game-changing grants of preliminary design services to local nonprofit organizations in 2018.
See all Leverage 2018 sponsors and more event photos here—and plan on joining us next year.