George & Mellody Lucas: A Powerful Philanthropic Force
George Lucas, 69 made headlines October 2012 by donating his $4.05 billion sale of his company Lucasfilm – to an education foundation.
“As I start a new chapter in my life, it is gratifying that I have the opportunity to devote more time and resources to philanthropy,” Lucas said.
George’s insightful perspective revealed interviews with Oprah
Oprah Winfrey interviews George on how a near death experience decades ago was a life changing event for George and what he is doing with his educational fund and why he thinks everyone can be a force for good.
This early advice bucked up a shaky voice and became the guiding force that has underscored my entire career. When I was starting out, I thought my inexperience was a liability, but John contended my greenness was an asset because it offered a fresh point of view. As my mentor, John encouraged me to be bold. As my boss, he took some giant leaps of faith to support me.
Because of our first lunch and the years of support that followed, I never questioned speaking up, raising my hand or taking a seat at the table. Leaning back was never an option. But John’s advice came with a one important caveat—I needed to keep my ego in check. It’s one thing to be assertive but quite another to be abrasive. Similarly, there is a fine line between confidence and overconfidence. With that in mind, I have had to learn to balance leaning in with humility.
Mellody on financial literacy & how to determine a reputable organization for donations
Mike Gousha with Upfront interviews Mellody Hobson on the importance of teaching financial literacy in grade and high schools.
This segment of Money Mondays was on recorded after Mellody and George celebrated a second wedding reception party in Chicago July 2013; a week after their marriage in California at Skywalker Ranch. In the audio and/or article below Mellody talks about how to spot a good charitable organization vs.a phony one.