USF Magazine - Summer 2017- Alumni - Alan Davis and Mary Lou Dauray Gift
Alan Davis and Mary Lou Dauray have given $1.5 million to the School of Management to endow the Harari Conscious Leadership and Social Innovation Initiative and the Litvak Social Innovation Scholarship.
The Harari initiative funds USF’s Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation Conference, as well as curriculum and projects that teach socially responsible leadership and investing to business and management students. It is named for Davis’ friend and former USF business professor Oren Harari, who died in 2010. Davis met Harari on a tennis court in Hollywood, Florida when they were both 12 years old. Their friendship continued over the years, and they both ended up in San Francisco.
Davis, president of The Leonard and Sophie Davis Fund, which practices socially conscious investing, gave $1 million of the gift to honor Harari’s commitment to social innovation and socially responsible leadership.
“Oren was really happy at USF and seemed to relish his relationship with his students,” said Davis, who knows USF well because his daughter earned her law degree here.
Davis and Dauray also gave $500,000 to endow the Litvak scholar ship to support African American and Latino graduate students who study business, nonprofit management, and entrepreneurship, and have an interest in social innovation. The scholarship is named for Larry Litvak, a Stanford University professor who’s worked alongside Davis for three decades, managing, financing, and governing The Leonard and Sophie Davis Fund.
“Mary Lou and I talk a lot about hope. We want to help create a new era of hope and leadership,” Davis said. “We still have a shortage of leaders with the kinds of values we need. The goal is to establish these kinds of leaders.”