David Lawrence, formerly of Royal Dutch Shell and Shell Upstream Americas, has been part of many energy industries and community service organizations over the course of his career. Until 2004, David Lawrence was a member of the board of the United Way New Orleans, bringing the leadership experience he gained at Shell to the world of service and philanthropy.
One of the most important programs that United Way operates in the New Orleans area is Success By 6®, an early childhood education initiative. Success By 6® focuses on getting children ready for kindergarten and first grade, improving their educational outcomes by providing for their emotional, intellectual, and social health.
This project uses a research-based approach, which states that the experiences of young children in their first six years can significantly shift their long-term success. Created with an initial donation of $50,000, Success By 6® has been able to make great strides in areas such as childcare, economic opportunities for families, and service access.