Corporate Support

The Shell Distinguished Lecture Series brings distinguished speakers to the Baker Institute and the Rice University campus. In November 2011, the program hosted The Honorable Condoleezza Rice, who discussed her memoir "No Higher Honor."

Corporations benefit from the research and recommendations generated by the Baker Institute and can get involved by sponsoring individual research projects, programs and lecture series. Other opportunities to support the Baker Institute include general donations, endowments, major gifts and membership in the Corporate Roundtable and our policy forums.

Corporate Lecture Series

The ability of the Baker Institute to attract world leaders to the Rice University campus, in combination with generous corporate support, has helped make the institute one of the nation's most widely recognized and respected public policy think tanks. The Shell Distinguished Lecture Series, for instance, brings the world's most important decision-makers to the Baker Institute's audience of senior policymakers, industry leaders, students, scholars and the media. 

Corporate Roundtable

Corporate Roundtable membership is available at four levels. Each level comes with special benefits entitling designated participants to exclusive member-only events and activities.

Learn more about Corporate Roundtable benefits and membership levels.

Policy Forums

Energy Forum

The Energy Forum promotes discussion and research on energy-related challenges in the 21st century. Members of the forum represent key stakeholders from leading corporations. Recent topics of research have included global energy geopolitics, energy forecasting, OPEC, alternative energy sources and energy demand trends. 

Health Policy Forum

A part of the Health Economics Program, the Health Policy Forum facilitates the exchange of ideas between medical and policy professionals in Texas, as well as with national audiences. These discussions provide the foundation for health policy research and recommendations, and foster an improved understanding of national health concerns.

Mexico Forum

The Mexico Center develops pragmatic approaches to issues of concern on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. Membership in the forum supports the center's policy research activities, and gives members access to fellows and exclusive insight into major developments in Mexico’s economy, politics and society.


In addition to center membership forums, corporations are welcome to support any of our programs through gifts and grants. For membership inquiries, or for more information about project and program-specific sponsorships, please contact:

Christene Kimmel
Director of Development