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Mohammed Yunus

Mohammed Yunus

Grameen Bank

Muhammad Yunus is a Bangladeshi banker, economist and Nobel Peace Prize recipient. As a professor of economics, he developed the concepts of microcredit and microfinance.

Listen to Muhammed speak about the role of governments in facilitating the creation of microcredit banks.

Jane Chen

Jane Chen


Embrace aims to help the 20 million premature and low birth-weight babies born every year, through a low-cost infant warmer.

In a Stanford course, Jane Chen finds her passion is saving babies.

Sam Goldman

Sam Goldman


d.light creates new freedoms for customers without reliable power so they can enjoy a brighter future.

Sam Goldman and Ned Tozun: Turning On the Light for Customers on Tiny Incomes

Wendy Kopp

Wendy Kopp

Teach for America

Wendy Kopp, Teach For America's CEO and founder, is driven to end educational inequity across the nation. In this seminar, Kopp shares her entrepreneurial story of starting Teach For America straight out of college, and articulates the sense of urgency that she and her organization still feel for producing fundamental changes to education in America.

WATCH: Social Entrepreneurship Changing Education


Civil Society Leaders Changing The World

Salman Khan

Salman Khan

Khan Academy

Khan Academy provides a free world-class education for anyone anywhere.

Salman Khan shares how simplicity appeals in online education experimentation.

Andrea Coleman

Andrea & Barry Coleman

Riders for Health

Riders for Health works to ensure that health workers in Africa have access to reliable transportation so that regular healthcare services can reach the most isolated people.

Coleman shares the story of how she founded Riders for Health.

William Strickland

William Strickland

Manchester Bidwell Corporation

The Manchester Bidwell Corporation and its subsidiaries build partnerships to help the disadvantaged build a better future.

Strickland shares about the environment he has helped to create over the past 40 years, in which stunning art, the sounds of jazz, beautiful orchids, and brilliant architecture abound.

Molly Melchin

Molly Melching


Headquartered in Dakar, Senegal, Tostan empowers African communities to bring about sustainable development and positive social transformation based on respect of human rights.

The Tostan Model helps communities develop their own vision for development using an approach that is human rights-based, respectful and inclusive, and holistic and sustainable.

Andrew Ng

Andrew Ng


Coursera is a social entrepreneurship company that is offering classes from Princeton, Stanford, Penn, Caltech, and other top universities to anyone in the world. Its mission is to give anyone, anywhere in the world access to a high quality education for free.


WATCHEducation for Everyone


Funders Fueling Social Entrepreneurship

Laura Arrillaga-Andreesen

Laura Arrillaga-Andreesen


Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen is the founder, chair emeritus and former chair (1998-2008) of SV2 (Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund) and the founder and chair of Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society.

The Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen Foundation

Jeff Skoll

Jeff Skoll

Skoll Foundation

The Skoll Foundation’s assets rank it as the largest foundation for social entrepreneurship in the world. Skoll chairs the Foundation and makes grants in excess of $80 million per year.

The Skoll Foundation

Pierre Omydiar

Pierre Omydiar

Omydiar Network

As a philanthropic investment firm, Omydiar Network supports market-based approaches with the potential for large-scale, catalytic impact.

The Omydiar Network


Jacqueline Novogratz

Acumen Fund

Jacqueline Novogratz is founder and CEO of Acumen Fund, a non-profit global venture capital fund that uses entrepreneurial approaches to solve the problems of global poverty

Acumen Fund

WATCHUsing Entrepreneurial Approaches to Solve the Problems of Global Poverty

Melinda Gates

Melinda Gates

Gates Foundation

Through stories of creating meaningful impact around the world, Melinda Gates explains how the Gates Foundation seeks to solve global challenges through innovation in the areas of health and education. Gates also shares life experiences and insights gained on working with others, pursuing life passions, and being committed to volunteerism.

Gates Foundation

WATCHPursue Passions with a Vengeance


Business People Making A Difference Through Nonprofit Board Leadership

John Morgridge

John Morgridge


Morgridge serves on several corporate and charity boards of directors, including the Nature Conservancy, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, and is a trustee of Stanford University.


Community Leaders Taking Part In The Democratic Process

Powell Jobs

Laurene Powell Jobs


Laurene Powell Jobs was appointed by President Barack Obama in December 2010 to be a Member of the White House Council for Community Solutions, which is charged with advising the president on the best ways to help communities across America solve important social challenges around education and job creation. She also sits on the Stanford Board of Trustees.

Stanford Board of Trustees Elect Laurene Powell Jobs to Five-Year Term


Insights From Social Venture Leaders

Kevin Cleary

Kevin Clearly, CEO, Clif Bar & Company


As chief executive officer of Clif Bar & Company, a leading maker of nutritious and organic foods and drinks for people on the go, Kevin focuses on expanding Clif Bar’s growth in the sports nutrition and healthy snacks category while leading the company’s day-to-day business operations.

Cherish the Tension of Profit and Purpose

Judith Williams

Judith Williams, Global Diversity Manager, Google


Think About the Life You Want


Don Shaffer, CEO, RSF Social Finance


Don has served as President & CEO of RSF Social Finance since 2007. He grew up in central New Jersey, and comes from a long ancestry of Quaker farmers and small business people in and around Philadelphia. Don lives in Berkeley, California with his wife Jennifer and their two children, Sabine and Samuel.  He graduated from Cornell University with a BA in American History.

Money is a Relationship Worth Knowing


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