WEDNESDAY, December 7, 2016
6:30 P.M. – 10:00 P.M.
THE WALDORF ASTORIA
301 PARK AVENUE
NEW YORK CITY
Former NFL Quarterback
MASTERS OF CEREMONIES
Host of ESPN's "Mike and Mike" and former
NFL Defensive Tackle
ESPN SportsCenter host
Award-winning producer and director
GALA INAUGURAL HONOREE
Recipient of The Vanguard Award
Presented to a leader who exemplifies courage, compassion and commitment in service of youth. A person whose tireless leadership, passion and support enable GENYOUth to empower more students to be change agents for their health, wellness and academic achievement.
Why Bill McDermott?
A former delicatessen owner from Amityville, New York; Bill McDermott, is Chief Executive Officer of SAP; the world’s business software leader, with 300,000 customers in 190 countries around the world. Together with his 78,000 colleagues and 2.5 million partners, SAP is helping the world run better and improving people’s lives.
In Bill McDermott’s best-selling book, “Winners Dream - A Journey from Corner Store to Corner Office,” Bill shares his personal journey and how a company’s purpose builds a lasting legacy for the generations of tomorrow: "We win when we pursue a goal with optimism, preparation, discipline, and respect. We win when we inspire people to join in that pursuit, and when the quest itself brings out the best in everyone. Real winning is when we push ourselves beyond what we know we can do toward what we truly want to achieve.”
As one of GENYOUth's greatest advocates, Bill championed the partnership between SAP and GENYOUth, helping launch GENYOUth's social entrepreneurship program, AdVenture Capital, alongside Warren Buffett. Through our partnership, the AdCapYOUth.org digital platform was born, a space for curious, creative and bold young social entrepreneurs between the ages of 13-17. Thanks to Bill and SAP, hundreds of student-led health and wellness solutions have been funded in several hundred schools across the country impacting over 100,000 students. Because of SAP's employees, GENYOUth has been able to give unmatched mentorship, experiences and exposure to students from across the country helping them on their journey as social entrepreneurs.
AdVenture Capital aims to teach students to persevere and work though obstacles to solve health disparities in their backyard. Few leaders embody this ethic more than Bill, who has inspired many by sharing his own personal experiences with the health care system. Today, under his leadership, SAP has set a bold agenda for digitizing the health care industry. At the 2016 annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Bill joined Vice President Joe Biden for a discussion about Big Data, innovation and the moonshot campaign to cure cancer. As a member of the Board of Directors of performance apparel maker Under Armour, Bill is also on the front lines of wellness and wearable technologies.
As the first recipient of the GENYOUth Vanguard Award, Bill’s humility, spirit and determination will serve as the model for this award in years to come as we celebrate the milestones of our organization and the students whose lives are forever changed as a result of our work.