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Leadership Summit 2016: Melinda Gates

Melinda Gates, Co-Chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation shared her incredible story and journey of generosity.

  • She is a self described “Impatient Optimist” –  Things are getting better, statistics bare that out but we can do better and we have the capacity to do better
  • “In business you have data all the time from your customers, in the non-profit world, it is amazing how many decisions are being made without real data!”
  • “One person can change the world and make a difference in another persons life”
  • The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is the largest private foundation in the world with more than 1,400 employees
  • She met Bill at Microsoft but left the company because she felt that they couldn’t have a great family and both have hard-charging careers.
  • She has tried to give her kids a “normal” upbringing, she even uses her maiden name to enroll them in school.
  • Growing up going to Catholic schools taught her the value of service, silent retreats, and other spiritual disciplines. She still carries out these practices in her life today.
  • Bill and Melinda have used their intellectual horsepower to not just build a great business and wealth but also build an incredible Foundation and give back.
  • “All lives equally matter-no matter where they live in the world”
  • “The foundation is the embodiment of our values in the world” Their money follows their values.
  • “We need to live out our values in the world.”
  • “It’s in the humanity of the work where you connect with other people…”

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