The Philanthropy Chair regularly organizes events for professionals in the philanthropy sector. These include our traditional Lunch & Learn seminars (51 editions to date), as well as other conferences organized on a more occasional basis on key topics surrounding philanthropy. The objective is to allow everyone to understand what philanthropy is and what the main issues are. 

Discover on this page our upcoming events as well as all the replays of our past events. Click on the links below to move between sections:

Our conferences

2 June 2023

Paul Vallely introduces its book Philanthropy : from Aristotle to Zuckerberg to actors of the French philanthropy sector.

1 December 2021

Relive the 10-year anniversary of the ESSEC Philanthropy Chair through videos, podcasts, photos and writings...

2 April 2019

Rob Reich presents its book Just Giving to actors of the French philanthropy sector.

Our Lunch & Learn seminars

Designed as a series of meetings, the main objective of the Lunch & Learn seminars of the Philanthropy Chair is to enable professionals working in the various areas of the philanthropy sector (foundations, corporate philanthropy, fundraising, philanthropy consultancy, etc.) to take a step back from their practices and to exchange their thoughts on certain strategic subjects, informed by the results of research. In particular, the European and international dimension is privileged. 

About forty participants who have registered in advance gather around two speakers - one academic, one practitioner - who address the same issue encountered by philanthropic actors from complementary angles. 

The presentation time is relatively short (20 minutes per speaker) to allow for a comfortable and most fruitful exchange (50 minutes). The Philanthropy Chair's Lunch & Learn sessions are organized 4 to 5 times a year, on a weekday during lunch (12.15pm-2pm), and take place on ESSEC's Executive Education campus, at Cnit-La Défense. They are led by Anne-Claire Pache and Arthur Gautier.

Some presentations are in English, others in French, depending on the speakers. 

All seminars are recorded and available in replay.

In February 2024, the Chair organized its 50th Lunch & Learn. To celebrate the occasion, we produced an infographic that looks back on this achievement:

Our latest Lunch & Learn webinar! 🇫🇷

All previous Lunch & Learn seminars