Speaker : Melinda Gates

Melinda Gates: Melinda Gates is co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Along with Bill Gates, she shapes and approves the foundation’s strategies, reviews results, and sets the overall direction of the organization. Together they meet with grantees and partners to further the foundation’s goal of improving equity in the United States and around the world. While involved in all of the organization’s endeavors, Gates believes that empowering women in developing countries to decide whether and when to have a child is a critical driver of her work at the foundation, since this decision can be the source of transformational improvements in the health and prosperity of whole societies. Gates received
a master’s degree in business administration from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University in 1987. After joining Microsoft in 1987, she was appointed as Microsoft’s general manager of Information Products. In 1996, Gates left the organization, and since then has directed her energy toward the nonprofit world.

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