Nourish 2016



Nourish is an annual dinner gala and celebration of Public Conversations' work to build more resilient and courageous communities through deep conversation. Behind every staunch belief is a person with a story - by sharing our stories, we invite empathy and understanding across divides.

On Saturday, May 14th, we hope you'll join us and 150 of the Boston area's most engaged community members, including philanthropists, academics, practitioners, civic leaders, and more for a dinner over lively conversation. 

We'll be joined by our keynote speaker, Krista Tippett, who is best known for leading conversations about faith, identity, and how we make meaning of our lives on the nationally syndicated radio program On Being


2016 Founders Award Winner: Laura R. Chasin

Alongside Krista Tippett, we'll be joined by Public Conversations' founding associates, who will present the second annual Founders Award. This year the Award is given in honor of the life, impact, and legacy of Laura R. Chasin

Twenty-five years ago, Laura inspired the formation of the Public Conversations Project as an experiment in strengthening relationship across deep divides. Her guidance, wisdom, and passion have been crucial in the success of courageous conversations about difference in public life. Because of Laura, so many conflicts have been shifted, so many relationships forged, and so many lives made better by the nourishing of resilient communities.

Sadly, Laura Chasin passed away last November. Her husband and life partner, Dick Chasin, will accept the award on her behalf. The presentation of the 2016 Founders Award will coincide with a memorial tribute, led by Dick, along with her closest friends and colleagues - leaders in the community drawn together by Laura's life of service.


Interested in sponsoring Nourish 2016?

Sponsors receive premium seating for themselves and guests, as well as several other perks. Proceeds benefit Public Conversations' work bringing critical dialogue trainings and workshops to divided communities at home and abroad.

To read more about sponsorship, download our Nourish 2016 Sponsor Packet. To discuss sponsorship levels and benefits directly, please email Damien Lally, Development Manager, or call 617-923-1216.

Nourish 2016 is made possible by the generous support of many individual and organizational sponsors. This year, we're honored to have the corporate support of TriNet HR Solutions and InSource Services, Inc


Tickets: Reception and Dinner Reservations

This year, Nourish begins with a 6:00pm welcoming reception in the Pavilion space of the JFK Presidential Library and Museum, leading to a 7:30pm dinner where the official program begins. Self-guided museum tours will be available - free for Nourish guests - starting at 5:30pm. To save a spot at the reception, or the dinner, or both, click below!


About Nourish 2016 Keynote Speaker, Krista Tippett

Krista Tippett is a Peabody-award-winning broadcaster, New York Times bestselling author, and National Humanities Medalist. As the creator and host of public radio’s On Being, she takes up the great questions of meaning amidst the political, economic, cultural, and technological shifts of 21st century life. In 2013, Krista took On Being and its emergent Civil Conversations Project into independent production, creating “a social enterprise with a radio show at its heart.” She grew up in Oklahoma, attended Brown University, was a journalist and diplomat in Cold War Berlin, and holds a masters of divinity from Yale.  Her books include Einstein’s God, Speaking of Faith, and most recently Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living.


Photo Gallery: A Look Back on Nourish 2015

On September 24, 2015, friends, associates, and supporters of Public Conversations gathered in celebration of the power of dialogue to bridge divides and strengthen communities. Together with guest speaker Tom Ashbrook, and inaugural Founders' Award winners Jacob Hess and Phil Neisser, we explored the potential - and the proven record - of conversations in expanding curiosity, strengthening trust and empathy, and bringing communities together across what might otherwise divide them. 

Thank you to all who made Nourish 2015 a success. Your generosity and engagement will help bring new skills to communities desperate to find a way to heal and move forward. Whether you attended the event or not, we encourage you to make a commitment to courageous conversation by pledging your support.

Feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions, and thank you for your support!