Thursday March 1, 8:00 – 9:30 AM
LIVE BLOG (Provided by Conference Blogger- Sarah Hanawald)
From the NAIS Conference Site: Bill Gates is co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Along with co-chair Melinda, he shapes and approves grant-making strategies, advocates for the foundation’s issues, and helps set the overall direction of the organization. The primary goal: Expand opportunity to the world’s most disadvantaged people.
Gates began his major philanthropic efforts in 1994, when he created the William H. Gates Foundation, which focused on global health. Three years later, he and Melinda created the Gates Library Foundation, which worked to bring public access computers with Internet connections to libraries in the U.S. Its name changed to the Gates Learning Foundation in 1999 to reflect its focus on ensuring that low-income minority students are prepared for college and have the means to attend. In 2000, the two groups merged into the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
In 1975, Gates left Harvard University to focus on Microsoft, the company he founded with childhood friend Paul Allen. Gates led the company to become the worldwide leader in business and personal software, services, and solutions. Gates also founded Corbis, which is developing a comprehensive digital archive of art and photography from public and private collections around the globe. He is a member of the board of directors of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.
Learn more about Bill Gates using the following resources:
- The #askbillg hashtag is from the GatesNotes and is a way to tweet your questions to Bill
- Bill Gates on mosquitoes, malaria and education
- How state budgets are breaking US schools
- Bill Gates on energy: Innovating to zero