Philanthropy Talks Video Archive


Each spring and fall, an Iowa alum or friend returns to the University of Iowa to share their story about how they give back and empower others. These programs inspire students and the broader campus community to incorporate philanthropy into their lives. Learn about other student philanthropy opportunities available on campus.

Hawkeyes Give Back: Combating Climate Change

Through research, education, and advocacy, Hawkeyes are responding to a growing environmental crisis. Watch the video of this previously recorded virtual event to hear how University of Iowa professors Gregory Carmichael and Jerald Schnoor are giving back to combat climate change.

Hawkeyes Give Back: Philanthropy for Social Change

Hear how community engagement manager Brett Burk (14BA), social impact executive Jonathan Chaparro (08BA), underserved populations program supervisor RaQuishia Harrington (05BS), and political activist and writer Stacey Walker (10BA) are using philanthropy for social change.

Fran and Margaret McCaffery

Iowa men’s basketball coach Fran McCaffery and his wife, Margaret, want to help find a cure for cancer. Learn more about their work with the American Cancer Society and Coaches vs. Cancer—and their role in creating a new cancer center for adolescents and young adults at Iowa. Watch their fall 2019 lecture.

Dave Dierks

Dave Dierks (70BA) is one of the most influential members of Iowa’s philanthropy community. Dierks began his career at the University of Iowa Foundation (now the University of Iowa Center for Advancement), where he has worked to garner support for Iowa for more than 45 years. Watch his spring 2019 lecture.

Kathy Dore

Media industry innovator Kathy Dore (72BA, 84MBA) is the senior advisor of vision and strategy for consulting firm Proteus Inc. Dore previously served as president of broadcasting at Canwest Media and president of entertainment networks for Rainbow Media, overseeing cable networks AMC, IFC, WE, and Bravo. She is vice chair for University of Iowa Center for Advancement Board of Directors and has given back to the University of Iowa’s Department of Communication Studies and the Henry B. Tippie College of Business. Watch her fall 2018 lecture.

Mark Kaufman

Entrepreneur and philanthropist Mark Kaufman (86BS) is the founder and president/CEO of Athletico, one of the largest physical therapy franchises in the nation. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training and Physical Education from the University of Iowa in 1986. After earning secondary degrees from the University of Arizona and Northwestern University, Mark opened the first Athletico clinic in August 1991. Watch his spring 2018 lecture.

Andy Code

Entrepreneur Andy Code (80BBA, 81MBA) is the founder and chairman of Promus Capital and Promus Equity Partners, a multifamily office created in 2008, with a concentration in alternative assets such as private equity, impact investing, hedge funds, managed futures, and real estate. He also established CHS Capital—a $2.9 billion private equity fund—in 1988 and was a partner there for 24 years. Watch his fall 2017 lecture.

Sheri Salata

Media powerhouse Sheri Salata (80BBA) is the former executive producer of The Oprah Winfrey Show and the former president of Harpo Studios and the Oprah Winfrey Network. Salata’s latest professional venture is the launching of STORY, a media company that produces print, television, film, and digital content. Watch her spring 2017 lecture.

Ted Waitt

Sioux City native Ted Waitt (17LHD) is the founder and chairman of the Waitt Foundation. At 22, he co-founded Gateway 2000 Inc., where he helped revolutionize the direct marketing of personal computers, and he became a Fortune 500 CEO and member of the Forbes 400 by the time he was 30. Since his retirement from Gateway in 2004, he has gone on to form multiple business and philanthropic enterprises. Watch his talk from fall 2016.

P. Sue Beckwith, M.D.

Renowned physician and philanthropist P. Sue Beckwith (80BS, 84MD, 15MBA) shared her personal and professional journey and spoke about why she is deeply committed to supporting the University of Iowa. Watch her talk from spring 2016.

John Pappajohn

John Pappajohn (52BSC, 10LHD) is a leading philanthropist and nationally celebrated entrepreneur and business leader. He and his wife, Mary, have contributed millions of dollars to state, educational, and fine-arts endeavors in Iowa and beyond. Among the Pappajohns’ many significant Iowa contributions include naming gifts for the Pappajohn Business Building, the Pappajohn Pavilion at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, the John and Mary Pappajohn Clinical Cancer Center, the John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center, and the Pappajohn Biomedical Institute in the John and Mary Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building. Watch his fall 2015 talk.

Jerre Stead

Jerre Stead (65BBA) is a visionary business leader who has enjoyed a long and illustrious career leading high-tech and information companies. A native of Maquoketa, Iowa, he started out in the business world with the Honeywell Corporation and, during his 21 years with the company, rose from production control planner to head of the firm’s Homes and Buildings Worldwide group. In 1987, Stead left Honeywell for the Square D Company, where he ultimately became chairman, president, and CEO. Watch his spring 2015 lecture.

Henry B. Tippie

Henry B. Tippie (49BSC, 09LHD) is one of the University of Iowa’s most accomplished and generous alumni. Throughout the years, he and his wife, Patricia, have supported important university programs and made a tremendous impact on the university, its students, and faculty. In 1999, in recognition of the Tippies’ visionary giving, Iowa renamed its business college the Henry B. Tippie College of Business. Watch his spring 2014 lecture.

Janice Ellig

Janice Ellig (68BBA) is the co-CEO of Chadick Ellig Executive Search Advisors in New York City and co-author of two books. She also serves as chair of the University of Iowa Center for Advancement Board of Directors. Watch her spring 2013 talk.

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Amalia Gedney-Lose (13BSN, 17DNP) is an assistant professor at the UI College of Nursing and says the college has always felt like home. "I came to Iowa because I knew I could receive a world-class education, surrounded by supportive faculty and peers, and in an environment that fostered growth and learning," Gedney-Lose said. Dong-Soo Shin (03PhD), a gerontological nursing professor at South Korea's Hallym University School of Nursing, says Iowa was an easy choice. "The excellent professors, safe environment, and reasonable tuition are why I chose Iowa," Shin said. HOW DID YOUR EXPERIENCE AT IOWA SHAPE YOUR CAREER? Margo Halm (85BSN, 87MA) is the associate chief nurse executive for nursing research and evidence-based practice at the VA Portland Health Care System. She says her education at Iowa was the gateway to a rewarding nursing career.? Stephanie Brigger "The College of Nursing taught me how to be a competent, compassionate nurse. Valuing mentorship and collaboration sparked an intrigue to understand the world of research and how science informs our practice," Halm said. "It also turned me into a writer―a passion fueled by a desire to spread how nurses impact the health and lives of people everywhere." Stephanie Brigger (81BSN) is the vice president for development at Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas. She says her education at Iowa made her feel highly regarded among her peers and employers. "The college is highly ranked and is a national leader in evidence-based care and nursing research," says Brigger.? "My education provided an exceptional, comprehensive foundation to provide professional nursing practice and more." Cormac O'Sullivan is an associate professor and director of the anesthesia nursing program at the UI College of Nursing. He says Iowa helped him grow and expand his goals. Staja "Star" Booker "I had no idea how great an education I was getting while I was getting it," O'Sullivan said. "I was a travel nurse for three years of my career and everywhere I went they would say something like, '"Oh you're from Iowa? Great. We know you're good.'" Staja "Star" Booker (17PhD) is an assistant professor in the University of Florida College of Nursing. She says she knew the education she received at Iowa would position her to develop into a leader in her specialty. "My experience at Iowa helped shape my approach to research and gave me a solid foundation to be a strong scientist and academician," she says.? WHAT DO YOU WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT IOWA'S COLLEGE OF NURSING? Jesse Weiss (20BSN), a PhD candidate at the UI College of Nursing, says the hands-on practice students receive outside of the classroom are unmatched.? "In speaking to colleagues who attended other nursing institutions, it is evident that the wide array of clinical opportunities Iowa offers, and the skills that students are allowed to practice, are features that make Iowa stand out, and such features make Iowa grads better prepared to join the nursing workforce," Weiss said. Terry Wicks Bonnie Seely (20CER), a nurse practitioner at Virginia Gay Hospital and Clinic in Vinton, Iowa, and the Alli Center in Coralville, Iowa, says her experience with the clinical part of the program was exceptional. "My preceptors were amazing," Seely says. "I gained experience in a variety of different clinical settings that were complemented the level of learning I was doing in the classroom." Terry Wicks (81BSN, 18DNP) is a clinical assistant professor at the University of North Carolina Greensboro School of Nursing and a former military nurse. He says a nursing education at Iowa is a genuinely life-changing gift?one he chose to pursue not once, but twice. "To choose the University of Iowa College of Nursing for the first time was a choice made of hopes and dreams. Choosing to come to the College of Nursing the second time was-well, "'Once a Hawkeye, always a Hawkeye,'" Wicks said. Celebrate National Nurses Week by supporting future nurses. Donations to the University of Iowa College of Nursing Student Financial Aid Fund provides scholarships for nursing students. Give today!

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