Engagement & Community
Keith is actively involved both personally and through his companies with local, national, and international organizations who work towards causes and improve peoples' lives and community betterment. Below are a sample of some organizations and causes.
Illumination (co-founder and producer)
Cancer shows no mercy. Its dark cloud has touched most of us in some way. But the Illumination Gala, The Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital’s annual, premier fundraising gala, rallies our community to help make the future brighter in St. Louis and beyond.
All proceeds support the Cancer Frontier Fund to help researchers at the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine accelerate breakthroughs in prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer.
TEDXSTLOUIS (founder and executive curator)
Always forward looking, Keith secured the rights to the TEDX, X=independently organized TED event. A program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At TEDxStLouis event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives.
Aha Moments that Move
Aha is an emerging national event series that presents a more interactive experience, inspiring attendees by emphasizing life’s Aha Moments that Move. Events can take shape in a variety of formats from speaker series, multi-day conferences, meetups, panels, webcasts, galas, etc. and typically focus on a specific topic and theme that targets a specific audience or issue. Aha speakers are chosen for their story and their ability to engage audiences and leave a lasting impact with Moments that Move.
Pedal The Cause (co-founder/producer)
Pedal the Cause provides critical funding for cancer research at Siteman Cancer Center and Siteman Kids at St. Louis Children’s Hospital through an annual cycling challenge.
Founded in 2010 with the model of using 100% of public donations to fund world-class cancer research, Pedal the Cause has quickly become the gateway to curing cancer. Donations from Pedal the Cause also make a positive economic impact in the St. Louis community as stronger research funding will continue to support this segment of the St. Louis economy.
Global Entrepreneurship Week
Like most—if not all—new ventures, Global Entrepreneurship Week started with an idea. What if there was a global movement to inspire people everywhere to unleash their ideas and take the next step in their entrepreneurial journey? Representatives from 37 countries were on hand when GEW was announced in 2007. By 2008, organizations in 77 countries had signed on—and 3 million people participated in 25,022 events and activities.
Keith Is Involved With:
St. Louis Jewish Federation
St. Louis Film Festival
Barnes-Jewish Hospital Foundation
Siteman Cancer/Cancer Frontier Fund
St. Louis Children's Hospital
Children's Tumor Foundation/NF
Civic Entrepreneur's Organization