Arsht in her Washington home. (Matt McClain for The Washington Post)

On snark about her busy social calendar: “Male bank presidents who were out at the same events were called ‘business executives,’ [and] I was called ‘a socialite.’ ”

On her non-anonymous philanthropy: “Carnegie Hall, is that nouveau? We can name buildings after companies? That’s okay?”

On what she’s aspiring to: “Just to make a difference, just to matter.”

Adrienne Arsht has returned to Washington and is giving away millions, 10/23/11