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Melinda Gates by Hao Nguyen


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Biography Melinda Gates of as a leader in all parts of life, written by Wharton MBA student for a course on leadership from the point of view of the whole person.

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Melinda Gates by Hao Nguyen

  1. 1. Hao Nguyen Melinda Gates
  2. 2. Introduction: Melinda Gates  An American philanthropist, former Microsoft employee, and wife of Microsoft founder Bill Gates  Co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation  Major accomplishments:  Successful career at Microsoft as a General Manager for Information products  International recognized as one of the most powerful women in the world thanks to her work in philanthropy and global development  A successful entrepreneur, philanthropist, and mother
  3. 3. Biographical sketch Early life • Born in a family with three siblings, an aerospace engineer father and a stay-at-home mother • Developed early interest in computer Career at Microsoft • Worked at Microsoft for 9 years • Achieved a successful career from a Product Manager to General Manager for Information products Personal life • Married Bill Gates – her boss at Microsoft, after 6 years of dating • Left job at Microsoft after marriage to focus on starting and raising her family • Mother of 3 children Philanthropy • Co-founded Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation – one of the largest charity foundation in the world • Focus on global health, education, and access to digital information
  4. 4. Four-way win
  5. 5. Lessons learnt  Understand the priorities in each stage of life and act accordingly (e.g. Melinda left her successful career at Microsoft to focus on starting her family)  Know your passion and have the determination to pursue it (e.g. her passion in charitable work)  If you are passionate about something, get others involved and share that passion with your family, community and at work  Smartly leverage the resources and expertise across different domains to achieve success (e.g. Melinda has incorporated her unique perspective as a woman and a mother, as well as her experience at Microsoft into her philanthropy work)