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SEEing Value in Failure

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The Global Social Enterprise Initiative (GSEI) invites you to:

SEEing Value in Failure


Jean Case, CEO, Case Foundation

Patrick Fine, CEO, FHI 360

Jake Harriman, CEO, Nuru International

Art Stevens, Director of Social Innovation Projects, PayPal

Moderated by Ladan Manteghi, Executive Director, GSEI


Tuesday, October 27, 2015

9:00 AM  - 10:00 AM (ET)

Georgetown University
McDonough School of Business
Rafik B. Hariri Building, Fisher Colloquium

Space is limited.

Doors open at 8:30 a.m. Coffee will be served.

Acceptance and even celebration of failure has become almost fashionable in entrepreneurial circles, and in larger organizations. But what can be learned from failure?

This panel will ask how great leaders see value in failure and overcome innovation stifling fear to arrive at breakthrough solutions. How can leaders create an environment for risk when money and even lives are on the line? What are the key traits of people who embrace failure and make it meaningful?

About the GSEI SEE Value Speaker Series

GSEI strives to expose career professionals and students to how social, economic and environmental (SEE) value can facilitate large-scale and lasting change. Simply stated, we help current and future leaders SEE Value.

The SEE Value Conversations highlight how business, nonprofit and government leaders find opportunity in local and global challenges with a SEE Value mindset. Experts and practitioners from across sectors illuminate innovative pathways to business success and positive social impact.

Speaker Bios 

Jean Case is an actively engaged philanthropist, an investor and a pioneer in the world of interactive technologies. Her career in the private sector spanned nearly two decades before she and her husband, Steve Case, created the Case Foundation in 1997. Prior to co-founding the Case Foundation, Jean spent her career as a technology executive in the private sector. As a senior executive at America Online, Inc. (AOL), Jean directed the marketing and branding effort that launched the AOL service, directed the communications strategy for taking the company public and helped establish AOL as a household utility. Before joining AOL, she held strategic marketing positions at GE’s Information Services Division and at The Source, the nation’s first online service.

Jean has served in two appointed roles leading strategic public-private efforts, including the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, and as Co-chair of the U.S.-Palestinian Partnership. Jean serves on the National Geographic Society Board of Trustees and on the boards of Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (ABC2), SnagFilms and BrainScope Company, Inc. She also serves on the advisory boards of the Harvard Business School Social Enterprise Initiative, the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, Georgetown University’s Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation, the Brain Trust Accelerator Fund and the U.S. National Advisory Board to the Social Impact Investing Task Force established by the G8.

Jean and Steve joined The Giving Pledge, started by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett in 2010, and publicly reaffirmed their commitment to give away the majority of their wealth to fund worthy charitable causes, and in the same year were named to Barron’s “25 Best Givers” list. In 2013, Jean was named a “Most Admired CEO” by the Washington Business Journal, which in 2011 named her Corporate Philanthropist of the Year. Jean and Steve were also honored by the National Conference on Citizenship as the 2011 Citizens of the Year. In 2014 Jean was conferred an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

Patrick Fine brings 35 years of international development experience to his role as the leader of FHI 360. Before joining FHI 360, Fine served as the Vice President for Compact Operations at the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), where he helped to shape nontraditional approaches to U.S. bilateral assistance through his oversight of large-scale investment partnerships with 24 countries. From 2006 to 2010, he was Senior Vice President of the Global Learning Group at the Academy for Educational Development (AED).

As a career member of the Foreign Service at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Fine served as the Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Africa Bureau and Mission Director in Afghanistan. Fine began his career in international development as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Swaziland, where he gained a first-hand appreciation for the importance of integrating issues such as education, health, economic development and governance.

Fine has received numerous awards, including the Distinguished Career Service Award from the U.S. Government in 2006. In 2004, the Government of Senegal awarded Fine the Ordre du Mérite for outstanding contributions to education, and in 2011 he received the rank of Commander in the Order of Benin. Fine was a co-founder and former co-chair of the USAID Alumni Association. He is currently co-chair of the Alliance for International Youth Development and a member of the Board of Directors of the Washington, DC, chapter of the Society for International Development.

Jake Harriman graduated from the US Naval Academy and served over seven years in the US Marine Corps as a platoon commander in both the Infantry and a Special Operations unit called Force Recon. He led Marines in four operational deployments throughout Southwest Asia and the Middle East, Africa and Southeast Asia, including two combat tours in Iraq. Jake was awarded the Bronze Star for actions in combat during his second tour in Iraq.

Jake’s personal experiences fighting the War on Terror convinced him that extreme poverty is a contributing factor to the causes of 21st century terrorism and insurgency, and that a reduction in extreme poverty will impede their proliferation. To fight terrorism and insurgency from another angle, Jake left his career in the Marine Corps and enrolled at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business (GSB) to build an organization that could ultimately rid the world of extreme poverty in our lifetime.

Inspired by Jake’s vision, teams of Stanford GSB students analyzed the successes and failures of the past 50 years of international development. Faculty members donated their expertise, time and resources, and philanthropic foundations and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs donated seed money. In September 2008, Nuru International was invited to test this new approach in an impoverished community in rural Kenya.

Art Stevens works with PayPal as the Director for Social Innovation Projects, focusing on the company’s efforts in financial inclusion and creating economic opportunity for underserved populations. Prior to this, Art was responsible for MicroPlace, PayPal’s online marketplace for investments in Microfinance. Art has been in the financial services business for over 25 years. His career has included significant work with the Calvert Foundation, Morgan Stanley, Franklin Templeton, and TCW Investment Management. He began specializing in the non-profit community in 2002, helping to launch a social enterprise in the elder care sector and working with a social enterprise focused on health care in southern India.

Ladan Manteghi is Executive Director of the Global Social Enterprise Initiative at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business, building cross-­‐sector partnerships and programs that help train business leaders to create economic and social value. Before joining Georgetown University, she led AARP's international strategy, including leading the international policy team and helping create, launch, and serve as President of the AARP Global Network. Ladan served as advisor to the CEO of PowerUp, a former digital divide non-­‐profit subsidiary of the Case Foundation, and was a political appointee in the Clinton-­‐ Gore administration including at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Department of Health and Human Services and Department of Interior. She holds a B.A. in Political Science/Public Service from the University of California at Davis.

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