Volunteer Leadership Summit Keynote Speaker Claire Gaudiani


Claire Gaudiani

Claire Gaudiani is an author, scholar, and idealistic champion of American citizen-to-citizen generosity.

Gaudiani is the author of The Greater Good: How Philanthropy Drives the American Economy and Can Save Capitalism (2003), Generosity Rules!: A Guidebook to Giving (2007) and most recently of Generosity Unbound: How Philanthropy Can Strengthen the Economy and Expand the Middle Class (2010). She served for 13 years as President of Connecticut College. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Director of The Henry Luce Foundation, MBIA Inc. and The National Council for Economic Education.

Gaudiani is a recipient of the Rosso Medal for distinguished service to philanthropy from Indiana University as well as ten honorary doctorates, including one from Gettysburg College, awarded in 1992.

She is currently adjunct professor in the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service of New York University. Gaudiani holds a PhD in French and Italian Literature and is the proud mother of two children and three grandchildren.

Her next book, co-authored with husband, David Burnett, is entitled In Good Conscience: America’s Female Social Entrepreneurs. It will be published by Public Affairs Press in fall, 2011.