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February 22, 2007

(San Francisco, CA) – Larry Brilliant, Executive Director of Google.org, will share his vision for “Healing a Broken World” with attendees at the second annual Business Leadership Council Breakfast on Wednesday, February 28, 2007.

The Business Leadership Council (BLC) is an initiative of the Jewish Community Federation of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties founded by Jewish leaders in the Bay Area business community. The BLC offers on-going networking and community involvement opportunities geared towards executive-level business professionals. The goal is to provide a forum that connects, educates and inspires individuals to build relationships and become active philanthropists.

Dr. Larry Brilliant is the Executive Director of Google.org, the umbrella organization which includes the Google Foundation as well as partnerships with and contributions to for-profit and nonprofit entities.  He is an M.D. and M.P.H., board-certified in preventive medicine and public health, and served as a medical officer for the World Health Organization's successful smallpox eradication program. Brilliant was the founder of the Seva Foundation, whose projects in 15 countries have given back sight to more than 2 million blind people.  He has also been a professor teaching courses in global health and economic development. In addition, Brilliant co-founded the pioneering online service The WELL and has served as CEO of two public companies and other venture-backed startups.  

Larry was named the 2005 “International Public Health Hero” of the University of California, received the 2006 TED Prize and has earned numerous other honors and honorary degrees.

Sponsored by AT&T and Levisohn Venture Partners, this special BLC event is open to all donors who contribute $1,000 or more to the 2007 San Francisco-based Jewish Community Federation’s Annual Campaign. Donors under the age of 40 who contribute $500 are also welcome.

The Jewish Community Federation is the central organization for fundraising, planning, outreach and leadership development for Jewish communities in San Francisco, the Peninsula, and Marin and Sonoma counties. In fiscal year 2006, the Federation’s annual campaign allocated $18.3 million to some 60 agencies providing social services, educational and cultural programs in the Bay Area, in the U.S., Israel and elsewhere in the world. In fiscal year 2006, the Federation’s Endowment Fund, with assets exceeding $1.8 billion, provided more than $203 million for a variety of grants, seed projects and emergency needs. For more information, call 415.777.0411 or visit www.sfjcf.org.

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