A Conversation with Jane Goodall on Stage and in Person Featuring Presentation of the 2011 Jane Goodall Leadership Awards

September 27, 2011

Contact: Claire Gwatkin Jones






GRAMMY® Winner and Awardee Dave Matthews Provided

Short Solo Performance

JGI Wildlife Cameraman Bill Wallauer Hosted


Dr. Jane Goodall Honored The Walt Disney Company, Esri, Matthews and More


Arlington, Va.–Renowned primatologist and conservationist Jane Goodall, Ph.D., DBE, founder of the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) and UN Messenger of Peace, brought her message of hope to the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, Calif., on Sept. 24, 2011, for A Conversation with Jane Goodall. This unique event included a short solo performance by Grammy®-winning artist Dave Matthews.

Bill Wallauer, JGI wildlife cameraman and research videographer, hosted the evening’s festivities. For 15 years, Wallauer spent just about every day following the wild chimpanzees of Gombe National Park in Tanzania. Most recently, he worked as a lead camera and consultant for Disneynature’s Chimpanzee.

The program, which included the awards presentation, prominently featured a relaxed dialogue between Dr. Goodall and Wallauer in which they discussed Dr. Goodall’s career and achievements. The end of the program featured a rapid-fire Q&A in which Wallauer and Matthews asked Dr. Goodall many of the questions fans have always wondered about, but were afraid to ask.


The evening’s festivities commemorated Dr. Goodall’s extraordinary accomplishments over the past 51 years while honoring the work and achievements of individuals and organizations that embody the Institute’s mission by taking informed and compassionate action on behalf of all living things.


The 2011 Jane Goodall Global Leadership Award winners included:

  • Esri for Excellence in Conservation Science;
  • Adam Anthony of Tanzania and Lauren Gibson of Indiana for Roots & Shoots Youth Leadership;
  • RenĂ©e Gunther for Excellence in Education;
  • The Walt Disney Company for Corporate Social Responsibility;
  • The Honorable George Miller, U.S. Representative, California, 7th District for Excellence in Public Policy; and
  • Dave Matthews for Responsible Activism in Media and Entertainment.


The event, including presentation of the 2011 Jane Goodall Global Leadership Awards, was sponsored by Anvil Knitwear, Delta Air Lines, Disneynature, Esri and Patagonia.


About the Jane Goodall Institute

Founded in 1977, the Jane Goodall Institute continues Dr. Goodall’s pioneering research on chimpanzee behavior—research that transformed scientific perceptions of the relationship between humans and animals. Today, the Institute is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. It also is widely recognized for establishing innovative community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa, and Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots, the global environmental and humanitarian youth program, which has groups in more than 120 countries. For more information, please visit www.janegoodall.org.


About Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots

Founded in 1991 by Dr. Jane Goodall and a group of Tanzanian students, the Roots & Shoots program is about making positive change happen—for our communities, for animals and for the environment. With hundreds of thousands of young people in more than 120 countries, the Roots & Shoots network connects youth of all ages who share a desire to create a better world. Young people identify problems in their communities and take action. Through service projects, youth-led campaigns and an interactive website, Roots & Shoots members are making a difference across the globe. For more information, please visit www.rootsandshoots.org.


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