Glenn Stearns is a member of WPO, the World Presidents' Organization and a Founder of Jackson Hole's YPO, Young Presidents' Organization. He graduated from YPO, after serving as Chairman and Education Director of YPO of Southern California.
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As the Southern California Chapter Chairman in 2011, and also as Education Chair, Glenn Stearns launched several initiatives for his chapter's members to use YPO as a platform to make a difference in the lives of others. The full commitment of the Chapter to collectively use their business skills not just for profit, but also for philanthropy, became their mission. In 2008-2009, while under Glenn's leadership, his YPO chapter received global recognition with the organizaiton's highly-regarded Education Award.
Many non-profits in Southern California financially benefitted from the efforts and outreach, among them: Los Angeles Police Department programs mentoring gang youth rehabilitation through Homeboy Industries; MusiCares the Grammy foundation providing critical assistance for music people in times of need; and Orangewood Children's Foundation sheltering children who have been victims of abuse. Over four years, the Southern California Chapter's gala fundraiser “Life Changing Lives" raised more than $4 million for more than 30 Southern California charities.
YPO Southern California Chapter members share more about their internationally recognized philanthropy and inspirational member-bonding while under Glenn's leadership as Education Chair. Take a look.
Conflict resolution and tolerance are an integral part of life and business. In 2007, while Glenn was Education Vice-Chair, the YPO Southern California Chapter traveled to the Middle East to celebrate the region, learn more about the decades-long conflict, and host an opportunity to bring together YPO chapters in Israel and Palestine. Former Prime Minister and President of Israel Shimon Peres met with them to answer questions. The life-changing trip gifted chapter members with a deeper sense of brotherhood, a more personal connection to the Holy Land, and a greater appreciation for the importance of understanding one's history as basis for their beliefs and actions. Below is a look at their trip of a lifetime to Israel.