Today I was honored and privileged to join President Barack Obama and Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker, for an event announcing the next class of their Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE) Initiative. As a new PAGE member, I will work to help develop the next generation of entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial impact around the world, with a special focus on women and healthcare.
My PAGE initiative focuses on two central tenets core to my own life’s mission: empowering women in science, technology, mathematics and business, particularly healthcare, and working on breakthroughs in global health. I will spend time in Africa, Central Asia, and the Middle East mentoring and supporting young women, and will partner with the U.S. Department of State’s TechWomen program to work with the next generation of global female leaders in Silicon Valley and their home countries. I will also work with USAID’s Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact (CII) and USAID’s Bureau for Global Health on realizing breakthroughs in global health, especially related to the containment of infectious diseases.
I have always believed that the purpose of life is to make a difference in our world and to make this world better for those around us, those in need. Leadership, to me, is about committing everything to a cause that serves people and then guiding a team of people to realize that vision all the way through.
This will be an inspiring year and I am humbled to part of the PAGE Initiative. I look forward to what lies ahead, and know I will learn and grow from working with so many extraordinary people from around the world.