All Photos by Stephen Smith for Guest of a Guest
On Thursday, November 14th, The Resolution Project hosted its 10th Annual Resolve Gala at The Altman Building in New York City, celebrating young social entrepreneurs who create meaningful, sustainable impact in their communities all around the world.
Each year, the Resolve Gala celebrates the achievements of Resolution Fellows who have now positively impacted more than 2.5 million people across 80 countries in high-impact areas including women’s empowerment, water access, disaster relief, clean energy, equality, and much more. The Resolve Gala’s A World of Impact exhibit was a highlight of the evening, showcasing four social ventures through interactive installations ranging from an eight-foot tower of water jugs to a ten-foot curtain of tampons, to a thermal dehydrator prototype imported from Uganda. Leftover food from the event was donated to local homeless shelters via Resolution Fellow Hannah Dehradunwala’s online food redistribution platform, Transfernation.
“Ten years ago, the first-ever Resolve event was held in Manhattan at the Jerome L. Greene Space. The event was attended by fewer than 100 people, celebrating a handful of Fellows. To have grown the event almost tenfold in 10 years is a testament to this incredibly phenomenal team” said Resolution Chair and Co-Founder Oliver Libby. “All of the contributions of the Resolution community have been instrumental in enabling the organization to grow to serve nearly 500 inspiring young leaders and counting.”
“This was an incredible gathering to celebrate the tireless work of our Fellows around the world and the growing impact of the Resolution community, including our volunteers and generous supporters,” said CEO and Co-Founder George Tsiatis. “Since our inception, we have evolved and expanded in ways we never could have anticipated, and that impact is ever-growing. We are so grateful to the many guests who have attended Resolve year after year, and we look forward to continuing to celebrate the global impact of our community in the future!”
After the remarks, three-time Grammy Award-winning artist Wyclef Jean took to the stage for a particularly memorable show, which included performances of his stand-out productions, including Santana’s Maria Maria, The Fugees’ Ready or Not, and Shakira’s Hips Don’t Lie. Before the performance, Resolution Fellow Natalia Salas announced a new partnership between The Resolution Project and Wyclef Jean’s Wyclef Goes Back to School program, which identifies musical talent in universities that could benefit from mentorship and training. The partnership will aim to inspire young artists to pursue cause-and mission-based work, bringing awareness to their efforts through music. They will learn about upcoming Resolution Social Venture Challenges where they can pitch their ideas for a chance to win a Resolution Fellowship.
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 a variety of food stations, an open bar, a live and silent auction, music by DJs for Climate Action and an afterparty at The Box featuring Funk Flex.
Sponsors of the event included Aramark, Macquarie Group, Hatzimemos/Libby, Mastercard, DuPont, White & Case, Perkins Coie, JPMorgan Chase, and Kirkland & Ellis, Nue Agency, and Heads Music.
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. Nearly 500 Resolution Fellows, in 80 countries on all six inhabited continents (including all across the United States), are working on over 300 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 2.5 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.