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Koszyn & Company participates in the ongoing development of philanthropy discussions within our community and around the world. We seek opportunities to participate or produce events each year that help educate and deepen the discussion of various aspects of philanthropic giving. Koszyn & Company participates in events that focus on the areas of philanthropy, service, and education.

The Moral Meaning of the Pandemic: A Discussion about Ethics, Relationships, Race, Class, and Money

Koszyn & Company Web Series


​The Moral Meaning of the Pandemic Webosium Series brings together public thinkers and a wide range of participants to discuss the deep meanings of the effect that the pandemic is having on daily life⁠—in the short term and in the further future. Our leading writers and cultural thinkers come from a range of backgrounds including philosophy, history, psychology, economics, the arts and sciences. 


Launched in June of 2020, the series has focused on the philosophy of the internet with writer and internet scholar Doug Rushkoff; leadership and its contents (and discontents) with Dennis Parker, Executive Director, National Center for Law and Economic Justice, Abiodun Williams, Director, Tufts University, The Institute for Global Leadership, among others, and moderated by Crain’s Publisher Fred Gabriel; navigating public funding in the Covid era with Suri Kasirer; creative artists and the pandemic with 2020 MacArthur Fellow “genius” Grant awardee Ralph Lemon and BAM Executive Producer Emeritus Joseph V. Melillo; and a program on “fundraising and human nature” with Koszyn & Company Principal and Founder Jayme Koszyn. 

Practicum Series

Non-Profit Boards of Directors: Dynamics, Diversity, and Dilemmas

As we rebuild society during these strange liminal days of moving out of the pandemic, Koszyn & Company’s Moral Meaning of the Pandemic series shifts focus to pragmatics: how to get the job done, and done superbly, in this next human era.

The first three-part program of the Practicum focuses on Boards of Directors, the vital organs of any company. 

Courageously addressing all manners of topics related to Boards, we will discuss everything from researching, identifying, vetting, cultivating, empaneling, orienting, to high-level discussions of the joys and challenges of developing the dynamics within Boards and between Boards and executive staffs.  






Session 6: Women on Boards

April 22, 2021   |   12:00 pm ET


Ella Fontanals-Cisneros, Philanthropist and Entrepreneur and Founder, Cisneros-Fontanals Arts Foundation

Sandra Hauser, Chair, The National Center for Law and Economic Justice

Felice Axelrod, Special Projects, Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies



Jayme Koszyn, Founder and Principal, Koszyn & Company

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Joseph V. Melillo, Director Emeritus Producer Emeritus

Ralph Lemon, Artist and 2020 MacArthur Fellow



Fred Gabriel, Publisher and Executive Editor, Crain's New York Business


Karen Brooks Hopkins, President Emerita, Brooklyn Academy of Music

Dennis Parker, Executive Director, National Center of Law and Economic Justice

Abiodun Williams, Director, Tufts University Institute for Global Leadership

Session 2: Fundraising and Human Nature

August 4, 2020   |   12:00 pm ET



Jayme Koszyn, Founder and Principal, Koszyn & Company

The Bicycles NY Project
Fundacion Aceves Navarro

Following the first showing in Mexico City, Foundation Co-Founder and Artist Aceves Navarro premiered The Bicycles artwork through the heart of Manhattan and over the Brooklyn Bridge. The eye-catching sculptures were designed to inspire healthy living and to drive the need for all to “pedal together” for a better world. Koszyn & Company was proud to serve as this project’s fundraising counsel and make this extraordinary public art project possible.


YoungArts New York
Winners Master Classes and Performances

In an effort to offer the YoungArts experience to a greater number of deserving young artists in the visual, literary and performing arts, all YoungArts winners from the Greater New York City area were invited to participate in a four-day master class and performance immersion. Sixty students had the opportunity to work with Master Teachers in their respective fields. In addition to in-depth master class experience, students participated in opportunities that focused on three types of performance: structured choreography and staging with Mikhail Baryshnikov; structured improvisatory performance with Bill T. Jones and Jerome Begin; and improvisatory performance with Ralph Lemon.The four-day event kicked off with a keynote speech from Kate D. Levin, Commissioner, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, at Affirmation Arts in Manhattan. 


Jayme Koszyn lectured on Philanthropy

Fudan University in Shanghai

With a long history of encouraging dialogue on philanthropy, best practices and giving trends across the United States, Ms. Koszyn continued the discussion with students and community leaders at the prestigious Fudan University’s School of International Relations and Public Affairs in Shanghai for a lecture on Philanthropy and the Charity Environment in the United States.


Jayme Koszyn presented Women and Philanthropy: How and Why Women Give

Princeton Women’s Network

Ms. Koszyn led a conversation with almost thirty Princeton graduates who have gone on to hold various development and fundraising positions throughout the New York City area. The Princeton Women’s Network event, featuring Jayme Koszyn, President of Koszyn & Company, covered the well-timed topic of Women and Philanthropy: How and Why Women Give.

Ella Fontanals-Cisneros, Philanthropist and Entrepreneur and Founder, Cisneros-Fontanals Arts Foundation

Ella Fontanals-Cisneros is a philanthropist, entrepreneur, and art collector. Her vision has made a significant impact in the Miami art community and other art organizations around the globe. Ms. Fontanals-Cisneros began collecting works by artists from Latin America in the 1970’s. The Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection has since grown to include important, historic, and cutting-edge pieces from around the world. In 1988, she founded the Antonio Cisneros Foundation in Venezuela, working to improve health organizations around the country, as well as the Together Foundation in the U.S. with the objective of uniting the world focusing on environmental problems; this led the effort to connect the United Nations with NGO offices worldwide in New York. In 2002, she founded the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO), which has made a significant impact on the South Florida art community, and in 2003 she founded Miami Art Central (MAC). Ms. Cisneros founded CIFO Art Space for exhibitions in Miami, FL, and she has served on the following corporate and non-profit Boards: Pepsi-Cola Venezuela, President of Su Red-Telcel, Vox2Vox- telecommunications, US, Tate Americas Foundation, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in North Miami, The Institute of Contemporary Art of Miami, the Cintas Foundation, the Miami Art Museum, the International Women's Forum, Spanish Institute New York, United States Artists, Institute of International Education in New York, and Fulbright program of New York; current Board memberships include: Fundacion ARCO, El Museo del Barrio, Art Basel Foundation, and The New Museum. Awards and accolades include: the Spectrum Philanthropy Award, Asociación Civil Hogar Santa Maria de la Caridad por Together Foundation, The Museum of Arts & Design Visionary Award, The United Nations’ Women Together Award, the Arco Foundation award for Best Collection, the IFB Group World Dreamers Award, Art Lima’s Reconocimiento Trayectoria Premio Pond´s Arte y Cultura, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston Latin American Experience Honoree, recognition from the Bronx Museum for the Arts, the New Museum Visionary Award, and the El Museum del Barrio Outstanding Patron of the Arts honor.  


Sandra Hauser, Chair, The National Center for Law and Economic Justice

Ms. Hauser is the Chair of the Board of the National Center for Law & Economic Justice (NCLEJ), one of the nation’s leading legal organizations in the fight for economic, racial and social justice through groundbreaking impact litigation and policy work. As partner, she also leads the U.S. Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution practice at Dentons US LLP, and serves on the Firm's Global Litigation and Dispute Resolution Leadership team. Ms. Hauser’s robust pro bono practice, for which she has been widely recognized, focuses on representing indigent individuals and families in class action litigation against government actors over entitlement to benefits, health care and housing, as well as access to benefits for those with disabilities. Recent awards include: Ranked by Legal500 as a Leading Lawyer for Securities Litigation: Defense; BTI Consulting Client Service All-Stars 2020 (list chosen by in house counsel for client service); and Crain’s NY Business Notable Women in Law 2020. Pro bono awards include: The New York Legal Assistance Group 2014 Underwriter Award, presented to Dentons in recognition of Ms. Hauser's leadership of the litigation team advocating on behalf of elderly and disabled Medicaid recipients entitled to timely home health care services from New York State, the Teri and Nick Letica Award for Outstanding Commitment to Pro Bono, Brooklyn Bar's Volunteer Lawyers Project, and the Commitment to Justice award from Her Justice, for work on domestic violence. She is a Harvard Law School graduate, and her husband, Jeff Parness, founded the non-profit New York Says Thank You.

Session 5: A Conversation with Artist Ralph Lemon and BAM Executive Producer Emeritus Joseph Melillo 

January 12, 2021   |   12:00 pm ET

Session 3: The Transformations of Leadership

October 14, 2020   |   12:00 pm ET

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