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This year’s Hybrid Gala featured both an in-person event on Thursday, September 30th and a virtual event on Wednesday, October 27th.

Gala Highlights

We had a spectacular evening honoring Innovators and Disruptors who are helping build a future of opportunity for HEAF students.

Gala Honoree Verdun S. Perry, Global Head of Blackstone Strategic Partners at Blackstone, spoke with Neil deGrasse Tyson Ph.D., Astrophysicist and HEAF Board Member, and  Robert F. Smith, Chairman & CEO of Vista Equity Partners, about the importance of creating opportunity and nurturing ambition in our young people.

Gala Honoree John K. Collins, Board Member of HEAF and Managing Director, Global Head of Healthcare Investment Banking at Morgan Stanley, was recognized for almost two decades of commitment to HEAF’s innovative programming to open doors for some of the city’s most deserving students.

Gala Honoree Adena T. Friedman, President & CEO of Nasdaq, Inc., hosted a fireside chat to discuss the need for bold leadership and transformative commitment to create a more diverse workforce by fostering greater opportunity at all levels in the global corporate sector.


View pictures of our in-person cocktail reception in the Gallery.

If you missed our virtual event or want to check it out again, here’s the video replay!