Jean Case is a philanthropist who is the CEO of the Case Foundation and chairman of the National Geographic Society. Prior to her work in the non-profit sector, Case worked in the technology, focusing specifically on the Internet in companies such as AOL. Case also serves on several boards focusing on social impact, such as the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS).
“[Stanford] is the place that made nerd cool,” said President Barack Obama when he spoke at Stanford on Friday morning as part of the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES). Obama highlighted diversity and accessibility in entrepreneurship in his address.
Following his speech, the president moderated a discussion with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and three young entrepreneurs from around the world.
In his opening remarks Thursday at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2016, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry charged today’s entrepreneurs with the task of tackling violent extremism, climate change and government corruption around the world.
“You provide a highly visible and very effective rebuttal to the propaganda of violent extremist groups,” Kerry said to the crowd of entrepreneurs. “Your optimism provides an alternative to their nihilism.”
The Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2016, which kicked off today at Stanford, is geared to give youth and women a leg up in the entrepreneurial scene. Half of the elite entrepreneurs present were women, while the youngest participant was an 11-year-old.
President Obama will return to Stanford this June to host the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES). The summit, which will take place June 22 to 24, will mark the President’s second visit to the University.