U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker (shown at left) heads the new Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE) initiative, a collection of businesspeople committed to helping develop the next generation of entrepreneurs.
Six of the inaugural PAGE members are women: designer/philanthropist Tory Burch; Helen Greiner, founder-CEO, CyPhy Works and co-founder, iRobot Corp.; Daphne Keller, co-founder and president, Coursera; Nina Vaca, CEO, Pinnacle Technical Resources; and Alexa von Tobel, founder-CEO, LearnVest.
“There’s no way to overstate the importance of entrepreneurship, especially as business continues to break through borders and language,” Nina Vaca said f the PAGE program. “This initiative proves that the dream of starting a business is a viable one, to domestic and international would-be entrepreneurs. I look forward to working alongside some of the most innovative minds in the country to ensure that children around the country know that they can, in fact, start a business.”
Said Tory Burch: “I am honored to be one of the President’s Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship. In an increasingly global society, entrepreneurship is a key to strengthening the world economy and fostering community between nations. PAGE is also a great platform from which to build on our foundation’s continuing effort to support the economic empowerment of women entrepreneurs and their families.”
Also invited to be PAGE members are Rich Barton, co-founder and executive chairman, Zillow; Steve Case, chairman-CEO, Revolution; Reid Hoffman, co-founder and executive chairman, LinkedIn; Quincy Jones, CEO, Quincy Jones Productions; Salman Kahn, founder and executive director, Khan Academy; and Hamdi Ulukaya, found-CEO, Chobani.
“In today’s age of increased global competition and rapid technological change, we need the adaptability, innovation and leadership of entrepreneurs to help build the institutions that will produce the next wave of opportunity,” said Reid Hoffman.
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