Despite a well known aversion to public speaking, Laurene Powell Jobs took to the stage at Stanford Business School to give her take on some major issues, Forbes reports. The widow of Apple founder Steve jobs set out her own thoughts on a number of global issues and looked closer to home as she gave the assembled students her own take on how the next generation of social entrepreneurs should be rewarded for their work in the community.
Speaking with Stanford Entrepreneurship professor Thomas Byers, Laurene Powell Jobs set about inspiring the next generation of entrepreneurs passing through her former college. Powell Jobs set the scene by giving a breakdown of her life and career so far, which included her current career choices as the head of a number of charitable foundations and think tanks. Powell Jobs is well known as the face of the Emerson Collective, which looks for ways to improve the world by thinking in different and imaginative ways; she is also involved with College Track, an organization designed to assist low income families as they send their children to college.
Amongst the topics discussed was the best way Powell Jobs thought social entrepreneurs could be encouraged to help the people of the world as the rewards in a monetary sense are so low. Powell Jobs asked the assembled audience to look outside monetary gain and see the high level of satisfaction that could be gained from working towards providing an improved community. A further idea included the opportunity for social entrepreneurs to be rewarded from the huge profits made on Wall Street by the biggest investment groups in the world providing a fund designed to provide economic assistance for those working with social problems.