May 2, 2012
Attending the 2012 TIME 100 Gala
On Tuesday, April 24th, I attended the ninth annual TIME 100 Gala celebrating TIME’S 100 most influential people in the world at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. Now in its ninth year, I was once again invited back as an alumna, having been presented with this great honor in 2005. Those listed must fall in one of five categories and this year those categories were: Breakouts, Pioneers, Moguls, Leaders, and Icons. When forming the list, TIME chooses men and women who, through their ideas and their actions, are changing the world, by sparking dialogue, or dissent, or even revolution. It’s always fascinating to see who makes that list and it’s always a wonderful evening spent with fascinating individuals!
1 Here I am with honoree Freeman Hrabowski, president of the University of Maryland.
2 Jeff Bewkes, the Chairman and CEO of Time Inc. opened the evening at the podium by giving his welcoming remarks.
3 Rick Stengel, the Managing Editor of Time Inc. then got up and spoke about the core mission of the Time 100, which is to give a louder voice to those already changing the world.
4 Seven-time honoree, Hillary Clinton, our Secretary of State, gave an especially good speech.
5 She stated that “America’s global leadership is not a birthright, but has to be earned by every successive generation. We will continue to lead because we must. It’s in our DNA.”
6 Chef David Chang of Momofuku fame and 2010 Time 100 honoree - It's always great to see David.
7 After Mrs. Clinton spoke, honoree Raphael Saadiq, singer, songwriter, musician, guitarist, and record producer, gave a lively performance at the gala.
8 Saadiq's performance was quite rousing.
9 Saadiq started out as a member of the multiplatinum group Tony! Toni! Toné!
10 This backup singer was hilarious!
11 All the musicians were great.
12 Many people got up to dance, including Ann Curry of the Today show.
13 This band member could really move!
14 This beautiful dress was worn by designer Georgina Chapman, the wife of film producer and honoree, Harvey Weinstein. Standing behind her is Emily Smith, the editor of New York Post's Page Six.
15 On the left is Radhika Jones, Time Executive Editor.
16 Chelsea Handler, the comedian, was wearing a white gown accented with a royal blue sash around the waist. She was there with hotelier Andre Balazs.
17 This year, the Chelsea Lately talk show host was also given one of the coveted spots on the list. Here she is talking to newsman Brian Williams.
18 Honoree Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of New York, was seated with basketball great and fellow honoree, Jeremy Lin.
19 The Cardinal joked, “I asked Jeremy to pass me a piece of bread and it’s still floating around here somewhere.”
20 As president of the University of Maryland, Freeman Hrabowski has spent 20 years turning a humble commuter school into one of the nation's leading sources of African Americans who get Ph.D.s in science and engineering.
21 He, himself, finished college at 19 and got his Ph.D. at 24. Now, as an adviser to the National Academies, he's devoted to helping others succeed, in school and beyond.