Dr. Gaudenz Danuser, Chair of UT Southwestern’s Department of Bioinformatics; Lyda Hill; Bill Solomon; Michael Kahn, Founder of The Cary Council; Dr. J. Gregory Fitz, EVP for Academic Affairs, Provost and Dean at UT Southwestern.

On Wednesday, January 18, members of The Cary Council gathered at the Old Parkland Campus to witness a provoking and inspiring conversation with one of Dallas’ most influential philanthropists, Lyda Hill. Lynda Hill is the 2017 recipient of the Linz Award and a previous recipient of Southwestern Medical Foundation’s The Sprague Award, two of Dallas’ premier philanthropic awards.

The evening opened with welcomes and announcements from The Cary Council leaders Grace Cook, Michael Gregory, Kate Morris, and Annika Cail, in addition to founder, Michael Kahn and Southwestern Medical Foundation’s President and CEO, Kathleen Gibson.

The conversation with Lynda Hill was moderated by her long-time friend, Bill Solomon, and the two recounted childhood stories as both neighbors and school mates at Dallas Country Day School. Bill Solomon zeroed in on some important questions that allowed Lynda Hill the opportunity to describe not only her support for UT Southwestern Medical Center, specifically the Department of Bioinformatics and the Beutler Lab, but also her giving philosophy.


Michael Kahn, Founder of The Cary Council; Annika Cail; Will Murchison

She outlined various stages of her life and how those things, such as her time spent in the Junior League of Dallas, have shaped her philanthropically by allowing her to see a Dallas she didn’t know existed. She also credits her academic career at all-female learning institutions, The Hockaday School and Hollins University, for learning how to become a leader. These experiences taught her how she could make a change through volunteerism, leadership, and financial support.

Lynda Hill imparted key advice to these young leaders by describing a conversation with Warren Buffet. She said she felt challenged by him to “take risks” and quoted him as saying, “Don’t do what other people can do and will do. Do what other people can’t do and won’t do.” Her advice for The Cary Council and the next generation philanthropists is to keep learning, get involved and be focused with your giving. To truly make a difference, give where others can’t and won’t.

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