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Join Penn GSE for a celebration to honor and recognize the extraordinary impact of our community.
3:30 p.m. – Voices in Education
4:30 p.m. – Reception and Remarks by Dean Pam Grossman
Voices in Education
Join Trustee Emeritus George A. Weiss, W’65, HON’14, founder and chairman of Say Yes to Education, for a conversation about education. Founded 30 years ago, Say Yes to Education is a nonprofit that works with communities and high school students to increase access to colleges and other post-secondary opportunities through scholarship.
Alumni Reception and Awards
Join Dean Pam Grossman, the 2017 Alumni Award Honorees, and Penn GSE community for a reception to recognize and celebrate the work of our graduates.
About Trustee Emeritus George A. Weiss, W’65, HON’14:
George Weiss is the President of George Weiss Associates, Inc. and CEO of Weiss Multi-Strategy Advisers, LLC. George Weiss Associates, founded in 1978, has offices in Hartford, CT and New York City. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Finance in 1965.
Mr. Weiss is a Trustee at Penn Medicine and a member of the Penn Medicine Executive Committee, and is the founder of the Weiss Family Foundation, an organization dedicated to improving lives through education and healthcare. The Weiss Family Foundation partners with like-minded individuals, foundations and institutions to support these efforts.
In 2010 Mr. Weiss established the Orphan Disease Pathway Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to finding cures and effective treatments for rare diseases. Together with the team at Penn Medicine the Orphan Disease Pathway Project is channeling resources toward collaborative research across a spectrum of rare diseases.
Mr. Weiss also serves as Chairman of Say Yes to Education, a national non-profit organization committed to opening access to post-secondary education for students in low-income families. Mr. Weiss believes that access to post-secondary education can truly change lives, especially for students facing enormous social and financial challenges. He created Say Yes to Education in 1987 with a promise to pay the full costs of college or vocational training for 112 students at the Belmont Elementary School, located in one of Philadelphia’s most economically disadvantaged neighborhoods. Today, Say Yes to Education scholarships and supports are available to 130,000 students in New York, Connecticut, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.
In 2015 Mr. Weiss received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Trinity College, in 2014 Mr. Weiss received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and in 2010 Mr. Weiss received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Syracuse University. Mr. Weiss’ educational philanthropy has been honored with the Cleveland E. Dodge Medal for Distinguished Service. He is a life regent of the University of Hartford.
Mr. Weiss has earned a 6th Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and KiToshaKai, and an honorary 7th degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. He is a Member of the United States Martial Arts team and an Internationally Certified Master Instructor.
About the 2017 Education Alumni Award Honorees:
This year, the Education Alumni Association (EAA) received an unprecedented number of nominations for the 2017 Education Alumni Awards, reflecting the incredible work and passion of our alumni community. The EAA congratulates those nominated and proudly announces this year’s honorees.