© 2020 by Future Leaders Foundation

 

ORIGINS

Maximizing the positive impact of limited resources by leveraging the synergy created through empowering outstanding, altruistic individuals

The Fortis Society was launched in 2018, formed by highly successful young professionals from humble backgrounds. It was created to promote collaboration and support among professionals around the world, with the ultimate goal of propelling its Members toward increasingly higher levels of success, so that they magnify their positive impact on the world. The resources, opportunities, networks, and insights shared among Members are the driving force that magnifies the positive impact of each individual Member.

 

The Fortis Society is not a secret society; it is a private society of international prominence with the sole purpose of creating meaningful change.

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Inspired by a legendary mentor and philanthropist

Charles F. Feeney, Honorary Chair

The Fortis Society was inspired by Charles F. “Chuck” Feeney, the legendary Philanthropist. Feeney has gained praise from the likes of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett as a role-model and hero for his selflessness. To learn more about Chuck Feeney’s philanthropic legacy, click here.

Jean Karoubi, the Fortis Society’s founder, was hired by Chuck Feeney upon his graduation. Chuck became his mentor and highly influenced him to find his own path to philanthropy. Jean came from a very modest origin; he was revolted by the injustice he witnessed but recognized his limited ability to create meaningful change on his own. He had the idea to maximize his philanthropic impact by channeling his donations toward the Fortis Society. Through the Fortis Society, many of the most impressive individuals from diverse backgrounds have the potential to create an impact bigger than Jean could have accomplished on its own.

 

MISSION

Our mission is to propel a community of leaders, innovators, and experts from humble beginnings to create positive global impact.

The Fortis Society is designed to maximize the aggregated impact created by each of its Members. The synergy created among the Members within the Fortis Society will magnify their power to make the world a better place.

 

Members support each other in several ways. They share their unique expertise, experiences, and networks to help each other strategize and solve challenges. Methods of support include: exchanging and developing ideas, starting business ventures together, sharing job and fellowship opportunities, providing moral support, making relevant introductions, and many more. Through collaboration, Members of the Fortis Society reach higher levels of influence and maximize their ability to create positive change. 

 

GOVERNANCE

The Fortis Society aims to be a self-governed and self-financed global network in accordance with the vision stated in the Honor Pledge and Fortis Society Governing Document.

 

All Members who wish to join the Society’s governance are eligible to run for election in one of five Councils. Elected Members represent the desires and interests of all Members in their chosen Council:

Cooptation

Engagement

Events

Finance

Outreach

 

ACTIVITIES

The Fortis Society utilizes innovative technologies and web-based platforms to ensure easy communication between its Members around the world.

DISCUSSIONS AND EXCHANGE FORUMS

Members learn from and educate others in virtual working groups that align with their interests. Emphasis is placed on organic dialogue that allows each Member to provide expert knowledge from their respective industry.

MEMBERS-ONLY VIRTUAL PLATFORM

Members have exclusive access to the Fortis Society’s virtual platform which contains all shared resources within the Society, including: Members’ professional history and contact details, discussion forums, professional resources, and many more.

GLOBAL AND REGIONAL MEETINGS

Members convene in-person for an annual global summit. Summit programming plans for the future of the Society and identifies how Members can best support each other. Members also participate in Regional Meetings to identify how they can support each other in a more localized Fortis community.

 
 

SPONSOR

The Future Leaders Foundation

The mission of the Foundation is to ensure sustainable development of the Fortis Society through adhoc support.

 

The Future Leaders Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization registered in the United States.

Board of Directors

CECILIA CONRAD

Managing Director

MacArthur Fellows and 100&Change

JEAN KAROUBI

Founder

Future Leaders Foundation

KENDRICK NGUYEN

Co-Founder and CEO

Republic

ISABELLE D'URSEL

Founding Executive Director

Future Leaders Foundation

KELLY STOETZEL

Head of Conferences

TED

UCHE OFODILE

CEO

Lonestar Cell, MTN Liberia

Staff

JOHNNY CELESTIN

Executive Director

JASMINE PAUL

Program Associate

SEWHEAT HAILE

Fellowship Manager

EVA CHANCEL

Pro Bono CFO