On Thursday, October 11th, The Resolution Project hosted its 9th Annual Resolve Gala at the Harvard Club of New York City, celebrating ten years of supporting college-age social entrepreneurs as they create meaningful impact around the world. An attractive young professional crowd donned their best and rocked out to a riveting 90s throwback performance by Naughty by Nature.
Each year, the Resolve Gala recognizes the tireless work of Resolution Fellows working across sustainable development, education, energy and environment, equality, health, and humanitarian relief sectors. The gala this year was a particularly meaningful one, as benefactors and supporters of the organization came together to celebrate the rapid expansion the organization has seen over its ten years in operation. Resolution Fellows now work in more than 75 countries and all across the United States, and have helped over 1.5 million people and counting through their impactful ventures. Resolution’s World of Sustainability exhibit was a highlight of the evening, showcasing seven social ventures through interactive installations ranging from portable, earthquake-resistant school structures, to a creative display of the clothing design skills taught to socially marginalized women in Greece, to renewable energy education in the United States.
“We are facing a critical moment in which the future of our world will be defined by the efforts we put into combating global problems,” said Resolution Chair and Co-Founder Oliver Libby. “The incredible work being done by Resolution Fellows and by our broader community provides an inspiring testimony to the power young people have to create lifelong impact starting today.”
“Resolution is an organization that’s about people and relationships. The Resolve Gala is always such an amazing opportunity to assemble members of our global community in one space,” said CEO and Co-Founder George Tsiatis. “After ten years, we continue to be inspired by the incredible impact of our Fellows and the dedication of our volunteers in supporting them. We are deeply grateful for our Fellows’ leadership and for the leadership of all of the supporters, attendees, and sponsors!”
After the remarks, Grammy Award-winning American hip hop trio Naughty By Nature took to the stage, with special appearances by Dres from Black Sheep and world-class beatboxer Rahzel, for a high-energy set, which included performances of their smash hits, Hip Hop Hooray, Jamboree, Feel Me Flow, and O.P.P. The evening brought together VIPs, social entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and business leaders to raise proceeds that will go directly toward supporting Resolution Fellows and their ventures. Attendees also enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, and a live and silent auction.
DJ Stiletto (Mari Malek) provided music throughout the evening and hosts and guests supporting the event included Rahzel (musician); Candice Kumai (author and chef); Vanessa Grellet (finance and technology executive); Kathrin Werderitsch (model); Amanda Cole (fashion executive); Travis Montaque (entrepreneur); Stephanie Landess (auctioneer), and more.
Sponsors of the event included Aramark, Macquarie Group, Hatzimemos/Libby, Mastercard, DuPont, White & Case, Perkins Coie, JPMorgan Chase, and Kirkland & Ellis.
About The Resolution Project
The Resolution Project is a unique pathway to action for young leaders looking to pursue socially responsible solutions to issues affecting communities around the world. Resolution identifies and empowers undergraduate students across the globe who wish to launch new social ventures supported by Resolution’s international network of resources. Resolution discovers young social entrepreneurs through Social Venture Challenges held at existing youth conferences, such as the Clinton Global Initiative University, the Youth Assembly at the United Nations, and others. Resolution awards winners of its Fellowships with dynamic, hands-on support and mentorship, seed funding, and access to world-class global advisory resources from its dedicated network of volunteers and Guides. More than 400 Resolution Fellows, across 75 countries on all six inhabited continents (including all across the United States), are working on over 260 diverse ventures in high-impact fields such as water, food, sustainable development, education, energy and the environment, equality and empowerment, health and wellness, and humanitarian relief. Their efforts have benefitted more than 1.5 million people thus far, making each individual Resolution Fellow a powerful force for good and source of lasting and exponential impact. Supporting Resolution Fellows are over 500 volunteers, a dedicated staff, and dozens of partners from both the public and private sectors. Resolution is building a generation of leaders with a lifelong commitment to social responsibility.