AUSB Hosts Reception and Book Signing for Tom Parker

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Tom Parker

In conjunction with the Hutton Parker Foundation, Antioch University Santa Barbara (AUSB) hosted an evening reception and book signing for real estate investor Tom Parker’s new book The $100 Million Secret: Why and How Foundations Should Invest in Community Instead of Wall Street on January 15, 2014. An enthusiastic audience of AUSB students and community members attended this event, held at AUSB’s downtown campus.

Parker, CEO of the Santa Barbara-based Hutton Parker Foundation, has made over $100 million for his foundation through his investments in the local community. Co-authored with Michael Bowker and published by Kele Books, the book details the Hutton Parker Foundation’s successful investment strategy that doubled its assets over 14 years, while supporting dozens of non-profit organizations in the Central Coast region.

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AUSB reception (left to right): Jess Parker (AUSB Trustee), Tom Parker (President/CEO, Hutton-Parker Foundation), Guy Smith (AUSB Chair of Undergraduate Program)

In his talk, Parker made a solid case for socially responsible business practices and encouraged students, foundations, and corporations to apply his proven financial strategies that are not only profitable but also community-minded and sustainable. A lively question-and-answer forum followed, with several prominent members of local non-profit organizations and charitable foundations participating in the dialogue.

Parker made signed copies of his books for available without charge because he wants to spread the word quickly about how charitable foundations can to do more good with less risk to their endowments.

The concepts and community-focused investment strategies presented in Parker’s book strongly reflect the values of AUSB’s new Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) program, which launches in September 2014. The MBA program – designed with a focus on Social Business, Non-Profit Management, and Strategic Leadership – will teach students a values-based approach to leadership and methods to develop innovative solutions that embrace social responsibility and community stewardship.

For a closer look at the MBA Program, learn more here.