On January 27th, United Way Worldwide President and CEO Brian Gallagher spoke at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The photo above was captured during the “Building Trust” session at the Forum's 2012 Annual Meeting. Brian also participated in the “Leading Under Pressure” panel, discussing the importance of collaboration and the need for an active, engaged civil society.
Throughout the week-long series of meetings Brian talked about the many benefits, to all sectors, of investing in communities and people. “Attention must be focused on creating both economic and human opportunities,” he said. “There is no economic success, without long-term, enduring human success. People must be the priority.”
He suggested that they are also essential to any solution. “We need to get people back involved in creating community success. It’s the only way to create sustained change at scale.”
Brian is one of the Forum’s few Nonprofit/NGO sector leaders. Additional information on Brian’s sessions as well as the World Economic Forum can be found at www.weforum.org.