Conversations with Great Leaders in Memory of Preston Robert Tisch is a series of discussions featuring inspiring and innovative leaders who are improving their communities and the world. Its five yearly programs explore themes of values-based leadership, civic engagement and public service, and how diverse leaders are facing the most critical issues affecting American communities, especially urban centers. The Preston Robert Tisch Award in Civic Leadership is awarded annually to an individual who has made a significant positive impact on his or her community.
PRESTON ROBERT TISCH(1926-2005) made an indelible impact on society—in business, in sports, in public service, and in philanthropy. Throughout his life, in every endeavor he undertook, no business or civic issue was too large or too small and no employee or individual too unimportant for his attention. That philosophy was evident in the legacy he built with his brother Larry at Loews Corporation; in his public service as Postmaster General of the United States; in his leadership in the hospitality industry, and in his partnership with Wellington Mara at the New York Football Giants. It was also reflected in his “hands-on” philanthropic foresight, and personal involvement in countless charitable endeavors, which improved life for thousands of New Yorkers. Bob Tisch was known for his generosity of spirit and his unparalleled network of colleagues and friends. He relished employing this network to help so many of those in need. Beyond all, his deep love of family— especially his wife, Joan, and his children Steve, Laurie, and Jonathan—was a hallmark of this great man.
The Aspen Institute is grateful to Steve Tisch, Laurie Tisch, and Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch and to the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund for their generous support of this program.