New York

Building and living with Purpose

(Illustration Credit: Kim Weiner)



  1. ‘The reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists.’


Are you feeling an omnipresent pressure to be living a life of purpose? What does that even mean?

How can we equip ourselves, our clients and our peers with the tools to overcome purpose anxiety & make a positive contribution to ourselves, our work and society?

Join us next week for a timely discussion around purposeful living and purposeful work with some of the industry’s most progressive thinkers.



Anne Keenan, Head of Strategy @ Purpose

Anne is the Managing Director, Strategy and Partnerships and a member of the Executive team at Purpose. She loves that she gets to solve problems for a living starting with bringing a strategic lens to Purpose’s social impact mandate. Anne leads teams to meet strategy, campaign, and branding challenges for clients, and works to build our partnerships across the company. With a passion for health and healthcare, she chairs the Public Health practice at Purpose, working to build expertise in the issue, and connect clients across sectors.

Michelle Drapkin, Ph.d. Org psych/behavioral scientist at Better Up

Michelle is an accomplished clinical research psychologist and professional trainer, I understand both the theory and practice of creating high-functioning teams who has dedicated her professional career to using psychological research to help people. She does this by helping aligning change with core values at the individual level, striving to help those around her to see their own worth through meaningful contributions. It’s a collaborative, respectful approach based on autonomy and validation. Through mutual appreciation and trust, we build a rock-solid foundation for growth at both the individual and organizational level.

Kathy Cherry, Dharma and meditation teacher

With almost two decades of dedicated mindfulness practice in the Insight Meditation tradition, Kathy is a founding member of DharmaPunx NYC. She is an Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Community Facilitator, has completed a 400 hour coaching certification through iPEC and is a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner in Training.

Carla Lopez, Design Innovation Lead for the Airbel Center at the International Rescue Committee

Carla is a global health practitioner with 10 years of experience working on the stubborn issues that keep poor people in poverty. My passion is to apply approaches from the world of design and the private sector to problem-solving for development. Her leadership has ranged from coaching host country national staff on the use of human-centred design at to directing a country office of 154 host country national staff at Population Services International. She has a knack for teaching and a love of exploring new ideas and places.

Ravi Sunnak, EVP of sustainable development goals, Porter Novelli

Ravi Sunnak has over 17 years of experience in communications and works with global clients to develop and build successful initiatives around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Social Impact programs. As part of Porter Novelli’s Purpose Practice he has created campaigns, driven awareness and amplified a number of issues covering climate, gender equality, food security and sustainability. He currently leads the global media relations for Johnson & Johnson’s Societal Impact initiative, the One Earth Climate Model, and Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day activation. Sunnak is also a partner of the Social Innovation Summit, which is a bi-annual event that represents a “global convening of black swans and wayward thinkers.”


6.30 PM – arrive and drinks

7 to 7.45PM – Panelist intors and discussion and breakout sessions

7.45 to 8.00PM – Wrap up Q&A 



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