Planning is underway for the Josef Korbel School’s largest event of the year, the Korbel Dinner. The event honors leaders who bridge Colorado with the international community along with supporting human rights and philanthropy at home and abroad. Raising support for the Josef Korbel School community, this year’s dinner marks the 15th annual event.
“As the 15th annual Korbel Dinner, this year represents a very important milestone for the school. With Ambassador Chris Hill on board as Dean, the Josef Korbel School is enhancing its prominence domestically and internationally,” said Jennifer Thompson, Associate Dean of External Relations at the Josef Korbel School.
This year, both the keynote speaker and the recipient of the University of Denver International Bridge Builders Award have a common tie to Colorado’s own Aspen Institute. Keynote speaker Walter Iasaacson serves as CEO for the institute, while Lee McIntire is being honored for his support for the Aspen Institute’s Commission on the Arctic, among other international endeavors.
“We are very happy to be honoring President of Myhren Media and Chairman of the University of Denver’s Board of Trustees, Trygve Myhren, for his leadership abroad which is matched only by his generous philanthropic work in the Denver community. In addition, we are honoring two men who have done such great work with Colorado's own Aspen Institute. Lee McIntire has supported economic forums and cooperation abroad as CEO of CH2M Hill, and we are very excited to hear Aspen Institute CEO Walter Isaacson's keynote speech,” said Ambassador Chris Hill, Dean of the Josef Korbel School.
Isaacson has written biographies of Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein and Benjamin Franklin to name a few. He will be honored for fostering public/private partnerships in international development.
VIP guests are also expected to attend, including Secretary Madeleine Albright, who hosted an event at the Josef Korbel School earlier this year and continues to support the school named after her father.
"As one of our biggest events of the year, all the proceeds from the dinner benefit the Josef Korbel School, its students, its faculty and supports community outreach,” said Hill.
- Sarah Crozier, MA Candidate, International Development
Josef Korbel School of International Studies