Jacqueline Novogratz by Anne Decourcy Conlin
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  • 1. Jacqueline Novogratz FO U N D E R A N D D I R EC TO R O F AC U M E N F U N D “A RICH LIFE IS ONE WHERE YOU ARE STRETCHING YOURSELF TO WORK ON THE WORLD’S TOUGHEST PROBLEMS AND FOCUSING ON OTHERS” – JACQ U E L I N E N OVO G R AT Z ANNE CONLIN MGMT791 4 / 1 / 1 4
  • 2. Early Life – valuing responsibility and community  Born in 1961; spent childhood in Upstate New York and Detroit  Eldest of seven children in a military family  Father did several tours in Vietnam, and was responsible for helping dead soldiers families – shared his stress about economic inequality with his family  Inculcated with family and community responsibility through Catholic school and family values: “If there was a family ethic, it was to work hard, go to church, be good to your family, and live out loud” 2
  • 3. Early work experience – experimenting and exploring  Attended UVA where she studied Economics and International Relations  At graduation, wanted to bartend, ski, and see the world but her parents encouraged her to recruit  After bring promised travel, accepted with Chase Bank and began “three of the best years of my life” “Chase trained me in finance and cash flow and how companies work, and I did work in 40 countries. It was a gift from the universe and the perfect beginning of a career” 3
  • 4. Founding Acumen – authentic leadership  Banking taught her that she could have greatest community impact via improving financial access – left Chase for Rwanda where she started country’s first MFI  In 2001, founded Acumen Fund, a non-profit venture fund that invests “patient capital” in financially sustainable businesses that provide goods and services to low income people in developing countries  Leadership style – and Acumen’s organizational values – reflects her values and personality outside work 4 “We think about our values in pairs, and there is a tension or a balance between them. We talk about listening and leadership; accountability and generosity; humility and audacity”
  • 5. Personal life – an intellectual partnership  Married Chris Anderson, owner/curator of TED in 2001; have three children  Both share values and want to use work to impact community, but have adopted different missions and platforms 5 “There’s an extraordinary sense of mutual respect; we both feel we want to change the world”  Provide mutual support: Chris was a frequent editor for Jacqueline’s bestseller The Blue Sweater and Jacqueline regularly contributes to TED  Live in New York within walking distance of her siblings
  • 6. Four circle integration 6 Work Self HomeCommunity Work serves broader global community Has built Acumen into an organization that reflects her values, leads authentically Marriage provides mutual career support, both careers support community Balances hectic work schedule with family time
  • 7. I chose Jacqueline because she embodies several things I would like for myself 7  Pragmatic career choices – realized she would gain necessary training at large private sector professional services firm  Foundation in the private sector – began career as a banker  Devoted career to innovation for social impact – through Acumen Fund  Inspiring personal life – marriage is an intellectual partnership, views her life as a system she can change
  • 8. Lessons  Be real: find work in which you can have impact outside yourself  Bring your personal values to bear as a leader  Be whole: Build an organizational culture that you personally find satisfying  Find a partner with complimentary passions  Be innovative: Balance adventure and growth with being grounded 8