Breakout SEssion Two: 1:45 PM - 3:00 PM

Hands-On Workshop:

What values – for you as an individual or for your organization – drive your decision-making? In this interactive workshop, led by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors in partnership with the Newman’s Own Foundation, you’ll examine how your values align with your individual career or organizational programs. You’ll also leave with an actionable framework for developing relevant values and incorporating those values in your day-to-day work.


Amy Holmes: Program Director, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors

Renee Karibi-Whyte: Vice President, Marketing, Communications & Partnerships, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors

Kelly Giordano: Managing Director, Newman’s Own Foundation

Panelist Bios:

Amy Holmes leads the New York Advisory team, and directs strategic planning and program development for families, donor collaboratives and private foundations. She helps donors define their philanthropic goals and implement giving programs to achieve them. She manages philanthropy focused on music, literature and the arts, arts education, green spaces, and criminal justice system reform, and has overseen large-scale disaster response and community resilience initiatives. Amy joined RPA in 2004, and has researched and led giving programs in youth development, education, and the Afghan Women Leaders Connect collaborative fund.

Amy previously served as Development Associate for the Stanley M. Isaacs Neighborhood Center, a settlement house in Yorkville and East Harlem in New York. She serves as Chair of the board of the Support Center for Nonprofit Management, and as Secretary of the board of Harlem United, an agency providing medical, social, and supportive services for adults with HIV/AIDS. Amy received a Master of Public Administration degree from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University, and a B.A. from the College of William and Mary in English Literature. She lives in Queens with her husband and three young sons, and has gotten pretty good at cleaning smashed banana off Lego blocks.

Renée Karibi-Whyte heads up RPA’s efforts to drive sustainable, mission-related growth by disseminating thought leadership and expanding opportunities for client development. She is intimately involved with RPA’s Theory of the Foundation initiative as well as other knowledge-based projects that help clients and the sector create more thoughtful, effective philanthropy. She works closely with RPA’s client services teams on convenings, speaking engagements, presentations and communications domestically and internationally. As the lead for RPA’s partnership strategy, Renée actively engages with individuals, foundations and other organizations. Renée’s team is also responsible for knowledge management and the creation of content and materials that serve RPA’s mission of expanding the philanthropy sector.

Before joining RPA in 2017, Renée held various senior marketing roles in Thomson Reuters and worked as a Senior Division Manager for the American Conference Institute.  Prior to that, Renée practiced law at Morgan Lewis & Bockius in New York and at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. The first several years of her legal career were spent working for judges in the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague (Netherlands), and in Federal District Court in the Eastern District of Michigan in Detroit. Renée has a law degree from Harvard Law School and a bachelor’s degree from Florida A&M University School of Business and Industry. She is an active volunteer and a mother of four.

Kelly Giordano is has over 20 years of experience in both the finance and nonprofit sectors. At Newman’s Own Foundation, she is responsible for leading the grants team, which includes developing, directing, and implementing the Foundation’s strategies, programs, and grants. Kelly started her career at Goldman Sachs as a controller in both the currency and commodities and private wealth management divisions, before leaving the firm to pursue a career in the nonprofit sector and corporate philanthropy. After Goldman Sachs, she interned at Channel Thirteen in New York City, and spent two years at The Metropolitan Museum of Art where she managed the museum’s Corporate Patron Program. Prior to Newman’s Own, Kelly spent five years at Lehman Brothers as a Vice President in the Corporate Philanthropy group and Assistant Treasurer of The Lehman Brothers Foundation. Kelly developed and managed the firm’s Employee Giving Campaign and Nonprofit Board Placement program, in addition to managing the Foundation’s financials, annual audit, and tax filing. Kelly received her bachelor’s degree in economics/finance and Spanish from Bucknell University. She lives in Norwalk, CT, with her husband and two children, and enjoys traveling, running, and hanging out with her kids. Kelly is a former Vice Chair of Norwalk Education Foundation and current Board Member of the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy.