ACT Awards Celebration

Alumni Relations Director Raphe Beck, congratulating Karen Carter, MBA ‘94 and Jon Denholtz, MBA ‘91, recipients of ACT’s Outstanding First Time Project Lead award.

ACT Volunteer Celebration with Professor Sam Wineburg

At its annual volunteer appreciation event on June 6, 2019, ACT celebrated the impACT of its volunteers throughout the past year. With 82 GSB alumni volunteers engaged in 20 ACT projects in the Bay Area alone—not to mention the project screeners and ACT Management Board members who keep ACT running smoothly—attendees had plenty to celebrate.

The event took place in San Francisco at Wells Fargo’s modern and stylish conference room. Upon arriving, attendees were greeted by classmates, ACT teammates and friends with whom they shared delicious appetizers and drinks before hearing a fascinating presentation by Stanford Professor Sam Wineburg, followed by recognition of ACT volunteers and their multiple achievements. The evening wrapped up with more mingling and a signing of Professor Wineburg’s book, Why Learn History (When It’s Already on Your Phone), which was distributed to attendees.

Professor Wineburg lauded the ACT team that just completed a project for his Stanford program. ACT volunteers developed a business plan and financial model to transform a portion of the highly successful and world renowned Stanford History Education Group (SHEG), into a scalable, impactful, and independent nonprofit. Professor Wineburg was very appreciative of the insight and level of expertise the team brought and the outcome of its deliverable, and is in the process of implementing their recommendations. Kudos to the team led by Karl Matzke, SEP ‘93 and consisting of Bette Pearlin, MBA ‘83, Guille Castellanos, MBA ‘96, Sean Bandarker, MBA ‘84, and Ted Lobman, MBA ‘72.

Following Wineburg’s lecture, titled “Why the Internet Makes People Less Smart,” Susan Austin, ACT’s program lead, honored volunteers who have completed and/or led projects in multiples of five.

And last but not least was the presentation to two alumni of the ACT Outstanding First Time Project Lead Award, instituted in 2015 to recognize new ACT Project Leaders who have woven inspirational leadership, project management skills, teamwork and client satisfaction together in an approach that has had a demonstrable impact on their volunteer teams and nonprofit clients. The recipients’ contributions are recognized in both qualitative and quantitative measures, by ACT staff, clients, and project team members. The award was given this evening to first time project leaders Karen Carter, MBA ’94, for her leadership of the Dream Volunteers team, and Jon Denholtz, MBA ‘91, who led the Common Sense Media team.

Attendees of this event shared a memorable and fun evening celebrating the dedicated and committed ACT volunteers that generously impACT the greater Bay Area community one project at a time.