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United Way of the Greater Triangle Hosts Philanthropist Peter Buffett for a Concert and Community Conversation

Pictured: Left to Right, Front Row: Rahul Pagidipati-Ayon Capital, Ginger Young-Book Harvest, Leigh Duque-InterAct, Delores Bailey – EmPOWERment Inc, Peter Buffett-NoVo Foundation, Alexandra Zagbayou-StudentU, Jamaica Gilmer-The Beautiful Project, Back Row: Jim Gibson-RTI, Micah Gilmer-Frontline Solutions, Eric Guckian-United Way of the Greater Triangle, Mark Trustin- Attorney at Law, Jes Averhart-Leadership Triangle, David Reese-EDCI, Jim Goodman-CBC, Will Jackson-Village of Wisdom, Michael Goodman-CBC

April 16th, 2019

Philanthropist Peter Buffett visited the Triangle on April 15th. Buffett joined community leaders in thought-provoking conversation about the challenges and opportunities of the Triangle. Buffett engaged the broader Triangle community through ‘A Concert & Conversation’ titled ‘United for the Future’ where he shared stories of his upbringing and emphasized the importance and urgency of communities coming together to solve social issues in order to sustain long-term success.

United Way of Greater Triangle’s (United Way) mission is to eradicate poverty and increase social mobility through the power of partnerships. As a convener and thought leader, United Way is constantly rallying community members to work together in new ways to solve complex social issues around poverty, equity and impact. United Way hosted Buffett, an Emmy award-winning musician and the younger son of investor Warren Buffett, who has been touring the nation to convene communities in similar dialogue sessions and engage them in his concert and conversation experience. In addition to his tremendous work as a philanthropist and a leader in social impact, Peter is the co-founder of NoVo Foundation and author of New York Times best-selling book ‘Life Is What You Make It’.

Peter joined United Way’s Community Impact Tour held early yesterday morning at the W.G. Pearson Center in Durham. The ‘tour’ included dynamic nonprofit leaders and committed business leaders along with Buffett, all engaged in conversation about important work being done for the Triangle region. Nonprofit leaders representing United Way’s three strategic impact areas – cradle to career, healthy families and equity and leadership discussed successes in engaging neighborhood leaders, supporting and empowering parents, committing to youth development and mentorship and creating opportunities for young girls and women to thrive.

Monday evening’s Concert & Conversation event at Durham’s historic Carolina Theater engaged the public. Through his talented music and open conversation, Peter shared stories of his childhood and the journey of finding a passion for music that ultimately became vocation and career. He described how a strong sense of community has defined his life path, including his influential philanthropy work. His emphasis on relations over transactions and his commitment to improving human lives through the work of his foundation struck a chord with many. Concert attendees enjoyed a truly open and candid dialogue from someone willing to start important conversations about how to move communities forward. Peter’s belief that progress is possible is rooted in his commitment to local engagement, and he challenged the audience to spark positive change in our neighborhoods, schools, work places, and local communities.

Continue to be a part of this conversation through the augmented reality (AR) experience of Peter’s visit to Durham in partnership with SpokeHub. Download SpokeHub and visit the UW Triangle Hub to see an exclusive message from Peter Buffett. Choose the AR logo on the left and place your smartphone over the United for the Future logo on this page. To learn more about these events or United Way’s community impact programs, visit our website or signup for our newsletter.

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United Way would like to thank the sponsors of this event: