Renaissance Weekend

Renaissance Weekend


Ambassador Philip Lader

Philip Lader — the former U.S. Ambassador to the Court of St. James’s and Chairman of WPP plc (including J. Walter Thompson, Ogilvy & Mather, Young & Rubicam, Grey Global, Burson-Marsteller, and Hill & Knowlton, with 205,000 people in 3,000+ offices in 114 countries)  is a Senior Adviser to Morgan Stanley and Palantir Technologies and serves on the boards of RAND, Marathon Oil and Rusal Corporations.

Ambassador Lader served in President Clinton’s Cabinet while Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration and was White House Deputy Chief of Staff, Assistant to the President, and Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget. Previously, he was Executive Vice President of Sir James Goldsmith’s U.S. holdings and President of Sea Pines Company as well as universities in South Carolina and Australia.

An Honorary Fellow of Pembroke College, Oxford University, and London Business School, an Honorary Bencher of the Middle Temple (Inns of Court), and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, he has served on the boards of Lloyds of London, the American Red Cross, the British Museum, St. Paul's Cathedral, AES Corporation, Songbird plc (Canary Wharf), the Smithsonian Museum of American History, the Atlantic Council, and several banks and universities; and he has been a partner in the Nelson Mullins law firm and President of Business Executives for National Security.

His education includes Duke University, The University of Michigan, Oxford University, and Harvard Law School; and he has been awarded honorary doctorates by 14 universities, Rotary International's 2007 Global Service to Humanity Award, and the Royal Society for Arts, Manufactures & Commerce's 2001 Benjamin Franklin Medal.

Linda LeSourd Lader

Linda LeSourd Lader — President of the Renaissance Institute, which she co-founded in 1981 — is an ordained Presbyterian minister (formerly serving as Associate Pastor of Washington, D.C.'s historic New York Avenue Presbyterian Church).

Reflecting a career-long commitment to non-profit initiatives, she has served on the boards of Habitat for Humanity, Yale Divinity School, Communities in Schools, Spoleto USA, Alpha USA, International Justice Mission, Harvard Divinity School's Center for the Study of Values in Public Life, Sojourners, the International Tennis Hall of Fame, and the American International University in London.

From 1993 to 1996, she assisted with White House liaison to American communities of faith and advised the President on public policy issues pertaining to religion. Associated with the National Prayer Breakfast Ministries throughout the 1970s, she coordinated the 1979 National Prayer Breakfast. In recognition of such public service, she received the International Women’s Foundation Leadership Award in 2000 and the 2012 Humanitarian Award from Emma Willard School, her alma mater.

Mrs. Lader's education also includes degrees from Yale Divinity School and Ohio Wesleyan University. Her editing work continues the tradition of her parents  Leonard LeSourd, longtime editor of Guideposts, and Catherine Marshall, author of A Man Called PeterChristy and other best-selling books.


Mary-Catherine & Whitaker Lader

Ambassador and Mrs. Lader's daughters, Mary-Catherine and Whitaker Lader, co-host Renaissance Weekends. Mary-Catherine — having completed the JD/MBA degrees at Harvard University and been an investment analyst with Goldman Sachs' Special Situations Group  is Chief Operating Officer of BlackRock Digital Wealth. Whitaker — having served as the Sundance Institute's Manager of Creative Initiatives and Executive Director of the Ivy Film Festival and completed the MBA at Stanford Graduate School of Business — is Director of Production & Development at Oscar-winner Casey Affleck's film production company. Both Whitaker and Mary-Catherine are graduates of Brown University.



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