ABOUT THE PRESIDENTIAL AMBASSADORS FOR GLOBAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP
The Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE) initiative is a first-of-its-kind collaboration between celebrated American entrepreneurs, the White House, the Department of Commerce, and our interagency partners. Our goal is to harness their energy, ideas, and experience to help develop the next generation of entrepreneurs, both at home and abroad.
PAGE Ambassadors TO ATTEND GES 2016
Nina Vaca is the Chairman and CEO of Pinnacle Group, one of the largest IT services firms in the country. Throughout her entrepreneurial career, Ms. Vaca has been recognized by some of the nation’s most respected companies and organizations.
Andrew Yang is the Founder and CEO of Venture for America, a fellowship program that places top college graduates in start-ups for 2 years in emerging U.S. cities to generate job growth and train the next generation of entrepreneurs. Andrew has worked in start-ups and early stage growth companies as a founder or executive for more than twelve years.
Debbie Sterling is the CEO and Founder of GoldieBlox, an award‐winning toy company on a mission to “disrupt the pink aisle.” An engineer and entrepreneur, Sterling has made it her mission in life to tackle the gender gap in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
Steve Case is one of America’s best-known and most accomplished entrepreneurs and philanthropists, and a pioneer in making the Internet part of everyday life. As chairman and CEO of Revolution, a Washington, D.C.-based investment firm he co-founded in 2005, Steve partners with visionary entrepreneurs to build significant, ‘built to last’ businesses.
Julie is an entrepreneur, investor and advisor to numerous pioneering Silicon Valley companies. She is Executive Chair of the Board at Kiva, the world’s first and largest crowdlending marketplace for global entrepreneurs. Julie is also an active advisor and investor to sharing economy pioneer Lyft, Bonobos, MightyText, Idealab, creator of over 125 companies with 40 IPO’s and acquisitions, and Lending Club (NASDAQ: LC).
An entrepreneur in every sense of the word, Daymond John has come a long way from taking out a $100,000 mortgage on his mother’s house and moving his operation into the basement. John is CEO and Founder of FUBU, a much-celebrated global lifestyle brand, and a pioneer in the fashion industry with over $6 billion in product sales.
Daphne Koller is the President and Co-Founder of Coursera, leading the growth and nurturing of Coursera's partnerships with universities. Previously, she was the Rajeev Motwani Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University, where she served on the faculty for 18 years.
Brian is the co-founder and CEO at Airbnb. He drives the company's vision, strategy and growth as it provides interesting and unique ways for people to travel and changes the lives of its community. Under Brian's leadership, Airbnb stands at the forefront of the sharing economy, and has expanded to over 1,000,000 listings in 190 countries. Brian met co-founder Joe Gebbia at the Rhode Island School of Design where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in industrial design.
Daniel Lubetzky, founder and CEO of KIND, is on a mission to make the world a little kinder one snack and one act at a time. Launched in 2004, KIND is now the fastest growing U.S. snack company, and through the KIND Movement, has inspired more than one million kind acts with the help of its community.
Antonio partners with and invests in transformational companies. An early investor in businesses as diverse as Uber and PayPal, Antonio currently is the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Valor Equity Partners, the private equity firm he founded in 2001. Valor is headquartered in Chicago, has offices in San Francisco and New York City, and manages over $1 billion through several investment funds.
Helen Greiner is CEO of CyPhy Works, Inc, a company that designs and delivers innovative robots. In 1990, she co-founded iRobot (NASDAQ:IRBT), which has become the global leader of mobile robots with the success of the Roomba™ Vacuuming Robot and the PackBot™ and SUGV Military Robots. Ms Greiner served as President of iRobot until 2004 and Chairman until October 2008.