Common Sense Media Awards - 2012

Jim Steyer welcomed guests to the 8th Annual Common Sense Media Awards, which returned to San Francisco after two years on the East Coast. In addition to presenting awards to our great group of honorees, Common Sense Media took time to honor and thank an incredible group of founding donors for their support over the years.

The night's first honoree was Nick Cannon. The Nickelodeon star, entertainer, producer, and activist has been working to inspire, promote, and protect kids through his production company and partnerships with TeenNick and The Big Help. He talked about how becoming a father himself last year has made protecting kids in a digital world a deeply personal issue.

Chairman Jon Leibowitz of the Federal Trade Commission accepted his award for his efforts to update the policies that protect our kids and our information in an ever-changing digital world. He spoke about the importance of partnerships between the government and organizations like Common Sense to create positive change.

Jeff Mao, the night's third honoree, received our Educator of the Year award for his exceptional work in bringing digital literacy and citizenship education to every student in the state of Maine and its 1:1 laptop program. Thanks to his efforts, Maine has set the standard for the rest of the country to follow.

This year, we were proud to honor two exceptional people who have worked tirelessly to change how women and girls are represented in the media. Jean Kilbourne accepted her award with gracious thanks to the women and men who inspired her to take up the cause -- and praised her fellow honoree, Jennifer Siebel Newsom, for being brave enough to continue the conversation into the digital age.

Siebel Newsom was the evening's final honoree, for her work on the documentary Miss Representation and the creation of to help girls understand their potential to be leaders. She cited Kilbourne's trailblazing work as some of her greatest inspiration.

We also want to congratulate Bridgit Mendler, star of Disney's Good Luck Charlie, who was also an honoree last night. She was unable to attend the event, but the program still celebrated her efforts to be a great role model for kids in a digital age.

2012 Honorees

This year's honorees have encountered and embraced both the outstanding opportunities and complex challenges of raising kids in a digital world.

Nick Cannon

Jean Kilbourne, Ed.D

Jeff Mao

Bridgit Mendler

Jennifer Siebel Newsom

Chairman Jon Leibowitz

In recognitions of their great commitment to Common Sense Media, we will be honoring the following founding donors:

Marcy Carsey
Marcy Carsey is partner and co-founder of one of the most successful independent studios in television history, the Carsey-Werner Company. For 25 years, Carsey Werner has been a leading supplier and distributor to the worldwide marketplace, controlling a library of high-quality programming, including The Cosby Show and Roseanne. In 2000, Carsey and partner Tom Werner joined forces with Oprah Winfrey to form the Oxygen Cable Network. She is a native of Weymouth, Mass., and a graduate of the University of New Hampshire. She has two adult children and three stepchildren.

Susan Ford Dorsey
Susan Ford Dorsey is a Bay Area leader in philanthropic and community service. She is president of the Sand Hill Foundation, established by her and her late husband, which invests in leaders and organizations that demonstrate a deep desire for lasting transformation.

Ms. Dorsey also serves on the boards of several nonprofits, including Menlo School, the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. Her past board service includes Common Sense Media.

She earned her master’s degree in public health from the University of North
Carolina. Ms. Dorsey is married with one son and two stepchildren.

Barnard Osher
Bernard Osher has pursued a successful career in business, beginning with the management of his family’s hardware and plumbing supply store in Maine. He was a founding director of World Savings and is the former owner of Butterfield & Butterfield.

He currently serves as president of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco Foundation and vice-chair of the American Himalayan Foundation. A patron of education and the arts, Osher created The Bernard Osher Foundation in 1977. His wife, Barbro Osher, Honorary Consul General of Sweden in California, chairs the foundation’s board of directors

Jesse Rogers
Jesse Rogers is co-founder and managing director of Altamont Capital Partners in Palo Alto, Calif. He is a trustee and chair of the Strategy Committee of Stanford University’s DAPER Investment Fund, a member of the Executive Committee of the Stanford Athletics Board, a member of the board of SIEPR (the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy and Research), and a member of Common Sense
Media’s board of directors. Jesse holds a B.A. from Stanford and an MBA from Harvard. He and his wife, Mindy, have three children and reside in Atherton, Calif.

Jim Coulter
James (“Jim”) Coulter is a founding partner of TPG Capital, L.P. (TPG), one of the world’s largest private equity firms. Prior to co-founding TPG in 1992, Mr. Coulter began his career at Lehman Brothers Kuhn Loeb. Jim received his BA from Dartmouth College and his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was named an Arjay Miller Scholar. He is a member of the Board of Trustees at Stanford University and Dartmouth College, and he sits on Common Sense Media’s board of directors.

Becky Morgan
Becky Morgan is president of the Morgan Family Foundation, which focuses on youth programs, education enhancement, the environment and preservation, and stewardship of regions and organizations. Becky and her husband, Jim Morgan, are co-founders of the Northern Sierra Partnership, which is dedicated to conserving biodiverse lands, water, and resources in California. She is the founder and passionate supporter of Teen Success, Inc., a national program helping teen mothers complete their education.

A former California state senator, Mrs. Morgan has a B.S. from Cornell University and an MBA from Stanford University.

George Roberts
George Roberts co-founded KKR in 1976 and is co-chairman and co-chief executive officer. He currently serves as a director or trustee of several cultural and educational institutions, including Claremont McKenna College and the San Francisco Symphony. He has a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College and a J.D. from the University of California (Hastings) Law School. Mr. Roberts has more than four decades of experience financing, analyzing, and investing in public and private companies, and has served on the boards of a number of KKR portfolio companies.

Tom Steyer
Tom Steyer is the founder and co-senior managing member of the San Francisco hedge fund Farallon Capital Management, LLC.

Mr. Steyer has worked tirelessly to promote economic development and environmental protection in California. He and his wife, Kat Taylor, created and funded the Oakland-based One PacificCoast Foundation, and he is also a founding board member of two new nonprofit organizations focused on advanced energy: The Center for the Next Generation and the Advanced Energy Economy Institute.

He is a graduate of Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. He and his wife have four children between 18 and 23.

Event Co-Chairs

Jennifer Caldwell & John H.N. Fisher
Managing Director, Draper Fisher Jurvetson

Eva & Bill Price
Co-Founder and Partner Emeritus, TPG Capital, L.P.

Cecilia & Jim Herbert
Chairman and Founding CEO, First Republic Bank

Tracy & Gene Sykes
Managing Director, Goldman Sachs & Co.

Some of Our Sponsors

First Republic Bank
Goldman Sachs Gives

Karsh Family Foundation

Apollo Group University of Phoenix
Jennifer Caldwell & John H.N Fisher
April McClain-Delaney & John Delaney
Google, Inc.
Nickelodeon/MTV Networks Kids & Family Group
Eva & Bill Price

Katherine & David Bradley
Lycia Carmody
Laura & John Fisher
Randi & Bob Fisher
Kathryn A. Hall & Tom Knutsen
Clare McCamy & Harrison Miller
National Cable & Telecommunications Association
Mindy & Jesse Rogers

Gabrielle & Thomas Layton
Carrie & John Mapes
Marie & Bill McGlashan
Ann Ferrell & Steve Millham
Diana Nelson & John Atwater
Lisa & John Pritzker
Margaret & Allan Steyer
Susan & David Tunnell
Lisa & Greg Wendt
Kay Yun & Andre Neumann-Loreck

Nancy & Doug Abbey
Ann Alper & Shawn Hanson
Eileen & Lowell Aptman
Linda Burch & Rajen Dalal
Stacey B. Case
Sally Cole
James & Marie Crouch
Annie Roney and Rob Doleza
Susan Ford Dorsey
WIlliam & Phyllis Draper
Patricia & Richard Gibbs
The Golden Family
Henrik Jones
Lucinda Lee Katz
Jessica & Jason Moment
Kamini Raman & Omar Khan
Susan F. Sachs
Michael Scharff
Jim & Liz Steyer
Ellyn & Brett Weisel
Anne Kallin Zehren & Harvey Anderson

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