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New Profile of Jeff Skoll in Fast Company Co.Exist

September 23, 2013 by

Today, Fast Co.Exist published an article profiling our founder, Jeff Skoll. An excerpt:

“Skoll’s first solo philanthropic venture was the Skoll Foundation, which focuses on investing and celebrating those working to address the most pressing problems. Having seen social entrepreneurship on the rise and in need of a different model of support, the foundation has been at the forefront of supporting this hybrid business.

‘These are people who need unrestricted funding,’ Skoll says. ‘They need the understanding as entrepreneurs that they can change directions and find the highest leverage that they possibly can and it may be different than how they started out. They also need long-term support.’

After establishing an academic home for social entrepreneurship at Oxford University’s new business school, the Skoll Foundation hosted its first conference in 2003.

‘It turned into a little bit of a mini-Woodstock where you had all these incredible people who were out doing amazing work that had previously thought they were alone and didn’t realize there were like-minded folks working maybe not on the same issues but in similar ways,’ Skoll says.”

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Sally Osberg led a “deep dive” session on social entrepreneurship at Stanford PACS

September 16, 2013 by

Skoll Foundation CEO Sally Osberg recently spoke at the Stanford PACS (Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society), Philanthropy Innovation Summit, a forum for philanthropists to “illuminate, innovate and inspire their giving through learning from both peers and experts in the philanthropic field.”

Sally led a “deep dive” session on social entrepreneurship, which attracted an overflow crowd of conference delegates. Her opening remarks included the vision and mission of the Skoll Foundation, our focus areas, and case studies about Riders for Health and Camfed. She then fielded questions about why philanthropists might want to invest in social entrepreneurs.

Other speakers at the forum included Laurene Powell Jobs, Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, CEO Marc Benioff, Ben Horowitz of Andreesen Horowitz and Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Twitter.

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Sally Osberg and Jeff Skoll’s Op-Ed on Social Entrepreneurs Dare to Change the World

September 7, 2013 by

Today, Skoll Foundation Founder Jeff Skoll and CEO Sally Osberg wrote the first in a new series on, called “Social entrepreneurs dare to change the world.”

An excerpt:

“Motorcycle racer Andrea Coleman and her journalist husband, Barry Coleman, couldn’t forget what they saw during a trip to Somalia in 1986: hemorrhaging patients being carted to clinics in wheelbarrows, rusting vehicles abandoned by the side of the road, community health workers making their rounds by foot.

What all this signaled to the Colemans was a delivery system in deep disarray. It wasn’t simply the medical supplies that were lacking — vaccines, for example, or bed nets — but more mundane basics such as oil filters and lug nuts, along with the mechanics and maintenance protocols required to ensure transport that was fully functional.

As racers, the Colemans knew what it would take to build such a system. Upon returning to England, they got cracking, eventually mortgaging their house to found Riders for Health.

From food insecurity to lack of access to health care to growing environmental threats — if we’re going to solve the world’s most pressing problems, we need social entrepreneurs like the Colemans every bit as much as we need great institutions and great global leaders.”

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Sally Osberg, Mitch Besser: How Skoll is Doubling Down on the Mentor Mother Innovation

July 25, 2012 by

Our CEO, Sally Osberg, and mothers2mothers’ Dr. Mitch Besser just wrote a Huffington Post piece called, “Born Free: Delivering on the Promise of the Global Plan Towards EMTCT.” (Eliminate Mother to Child Transmission). It’s particularly relevant right now because just yesterday, a panel at the International AIDS Society conference reported on the Global Plan’s progress.

An excerpt:

“We think of innovations as new technologies, but in healthcare, innovations are often as simple as a pregnant woman with HIV talking with a similarly-affected peer who has successfully navigated the treatment process. m2m employs mothers living with HIV in hospitals and clinics. Called Mentor Mothers, they assist overburdened doctors and nurses with education and psychosocial support, ensuring that pregnant women and new mothers understand how to care for themselves and their babies. Mentor Mothers promote adherence to medical treatment, birth control, vaccination schedules for babies and breastfeeding. As employed women living with HIV, Mentor Mothers are role models who help overcome the stigma of an HIV diagnosis.”

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Huffington Post: An In-depth Interview With Sally Osberg, President And CEO Of The Skoll Foundation

March 22, 2011 by

In advance of the 2011 Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship, Rahim Kanani, Editor-in-Chief, World Affairs Commentary, conducted an in-depth interview with Sally Osberg, president and CEO of the Skoll Foundation, on the evolution of the organization and their efforts, the intersection between social entrepreneurship and international development, future challenges and opportunities facing the sector, and much more. This interview is one in a Special Advanced Interview Series conducted with Skoll World Forum delegates by Kanani. read more


Sally Osberg on Conscious Capitalism at the Global Competitiveness Forum

March 9, 2011 by

On January 24, 2011, Sally Osberg spoke in at the Global Competitiveness Forum in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Conscious Capitalism and Unleashing Social Competitiveness. Video of her presentation and her presentation slides are now available.

Conscious Capitalism Session Description:

Conscious Leaders are motivated by the desire to discover a company’s deeper purpose, rather than by personal gain. They focus on delivering value to all stakeholders, and work to align and harmonize the interests of customers, employees, suppliers, investors, the community, and the environment in as much as possible. Conscious leaders cultivate awareness throughout their business ecosystem, beginning with themselves and their team members, and moving into their relationships with each other and other stakeholders.

  • The end of business as usual
  • Toward a harmony of interests
  • The tragedy of public distrust
  • Profiting from passion and purpose
  • Conscious capitalism in an economic downturn

“Partners in Possibility,” Sally Osberg at the USC, CCCP Distinguished Speakers Series

October 28, 2010 by

Sally Osberg delivered “Partners in Possibility” on October 28, 20010 at The Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy
University of Southern California 2010-11 Distinguished Speakers Series

Partners in Possibility: The Skoll Foundation’s Work with Social Entrepreneurs

MS. OSBERG:  Thanks so much, Wendy, for that warm introduction, and congratulations to you for the great work you do in education at the Joseph Drown Foundation. read more


“Freeing the Social Entrepreneur” in the Fall 2010 Issue of SSIR

September 10, 2010 by

Skoll Foundation Program Officer Kimberly Dasher Tripp and Teach for America-Bay Area Managing Director Chantal Laurie Below, co-author a piece in the Fall 2010 issue of the Stanford Social Innovation Review titled “Freeing the Social Entrepreneur“. It’s a roadmap for social entrepreneurs when they are building their leadership teams at that critical juncture between running a startup and positioning their organizations for long-term growth and scalable impact. read more


Sally Osberg at the Commonwealth Club, July 2010: Social Entrepreneurship and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

July 27, 2010 by

Remarks by Sally Osberg delivered July 27, 2010 at the Commonwealth Club for their Social Entrepreneurship in America series.

Thank you, Ruth, for that kind introduction… and for your leadership in creating this landmark Commonwealth Club series on social entrepreneurship. It’s an honor for me to be one of the speakers you’ve brought together—among the 13 of the folks you’ve assembled are several Skoll social entrepreneurs and partners the Skoll Foundation’s been privileged to support: people like Muhammad Yunus and Mary Houghton, Bill Drayton and Jacqueline Novogratz, Premal Shaw and Willy Foote… extraordinary human beings and exemplary social entrepreneurs. read more


Jeff Skoll Addresses Stanford Graduate School of Business 2010 Class

June 15, 2010 by

On June 15, 2010, Jeff Skoll became the first Stanford Graduate School of Business alumnus to address a graduating class when he spoke at the commencement ceremony for the 2010 graduating class.  Jeff recounted his own path since graduating from the GSB 15 years ago, and left the graduates with two key thoughts…while they’re thinking about making money, also think about making meaning. And secondly, realize that time is more precious than money. Read and watch Jeff’s speech here.


Jeff Skoll Opening Remarks at 2010 Skoll World Forum: “From Curiosity to a Force in Society”

April 4, 2010 by

Introductory remarks by Jeff Skoll delivered April 14, 2010 at the Skoll World Forum at the University of Oxford.

It is my honor to welcome all of you to the seventh annual Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship.  I’d also like to take a moment to thank everyone from the Skoll Foundation and the Skoll Centre for your hard work preparing for this event.

It is hard to believe how far social entrepreneurship has come in these past seven years.  We’ve gone from a curiosity to a force in society.  Mohammed Yunus, Bill Drayton, Craig Kielburger and Paul Farmer have become rock stars.  And the term social entrepreneurship has entered the public lexicon and one day may even be in the Oxford dictionary.

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Sally Osberg in MIT Innovations, Sept. 2009: “Framing the Change and Changing the Frame: A New Role for Social Entrepreneurs”

September 10, 2009 by

In Sept. 2009, the MIT Journal Innovations published a special edition on the 2009 Skoll World Forum with lead essays by President Jimmy Carter and Paul Farmer. Sally Osberg’s introduction to the conference also served as the introduction to this special edition of Innovations. read more


Jeff Skoll Keynote 2009 Skoll World Forum: “Urgency and Hope”

March 27, 2009 by

Remarks by Jeff Skoll delivered March 27, 2009 at the Skoll World Forum at Saïd Business School, the University of Oxford.

What an amazing few days we’ve shared here together.  Thank you, Soraya, for your insights and inspiration.  You have reminded us why we’re all here, doing what we do.  Thanks also to Lord Puttnam for his wisdom and to you, Pamela, you have almost survived your first Forum!  Congratulations. read more


Sally Osberg at the Yale Club of New York: “New Directions in Philanthropy”

March 10, 2009 by

Sally Osberg delivered the keynote presentation — New Directions in Philanthropy — at the Yale Club of New York on March 10, 2009.

Thanks so much. It’s wonderful to be here with you all, to see many friends in the audience—and to acknowledge Yale’s exceptional role in nurturing so many powerful agents of social change over the years, with more than a few of you here tonight among them. read more


Jeff Skoll Keynote 2008 Skoll World Forum: “Just Imagine”

March 27, 2008 by

Remarks by Jeff Skoll delivered March 27, 2008 at the Skoll World Forum at Saïd Business School, the University of Oxford.

I would like to say a special thank you once again to Stephan Chambers, Liz Nelson, Alex Nicholls and the entire Skoll Centre team for being such wonderful hosts again this year.

As Sally alluded, one of the great joys I have had this year is to work as a funder and Advisor with the Elders.  Frankly though, advising people like Mary Robinson, Archbishop Tutu or President Carter about global issues is a little like advising George Clooney on how to be a movie star.  Most of what I know I learned from observing them in the first place. read more


Jeff Skoll Opening the 2008 Skoll World Forum: “More Headlines, More Awards, More Advocates, and More Allies”

March 26, 2008 by

Introductory remarks by Jeff Skoll delivered March 26, 2008 at the Skoll World Forum at Oxford University.

Once again, the staff of the Saïd Business School—and the entire Oxford community—has really outdone itself this year.  I want to say a special thanks to Stephan Chambers, Liz Nelson, Alex Nicholls, and the entire Skoll Centre team for their hard work.

As you just heard, this is the fifth year of the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship. Oxford has been a wonderful host, but this is a tough place to recognize the fifth meeting of anything. After all, this university has been around for almost a thousand years.  It’s kind of like bragging to Warren Buffett that you just won a $5 scratch ticket in the lotto. read more


“Social Entrepreneurship: The Case for Definition,” Sally Osberg & Roger Martin in Stanford Social Innovation Review

April 20, 2007 by

Social entrepreneurship is attracting growing amounts of talent, money, and attention. But along with its increasing popularity has come less certainty about what exactly a social entrepreneur is and does. As a result, all sorts of activities are now being called social entrepreneurship. Some say that a more inclusive term is all for the good, but in this recent Stanford Social Innovation article, Sally Osberg and Roger L. Martin argue that it’s time for a more rigorous definition.

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Social Entrepreneurship: The Case for Definition


Jeff Skoll Keynote at 2007 Skoll Awards Ceremony: “Social Entrepreneurs Have Two Kinds of Power”

March 28, 2007 by

Remarks by Jeff Skoll delivered March 28, 2007 at the Skoll World Forum at Saïd Business School, at the University of Oxford.

On behalf of everyone here: thank you for all that you do for social entrepreneurs.

As Sally’s introduction implied, I have been introduced a number of different ways over the past eight years. First, I was the eBay guy; then I was the Skoll Foundation guy; now I’m the movie guy;

The hardest part at each turn was to learn a whole new language. At eBay, it was the language of business: profit, loss, return on investment. At the Foundation, it was the language of social change: equilibrium change and inflection points. read more


Jeff Skoll Opening Remarks to the 2007 Skoll World Forum: “From the Margins of Society to the Mainstream of Our Larger World”

March 27, 2007 by

Opening remarks by Jeff Skoll delivered March, 27, 2007 at the Skoll World Forum, the University of Oxford.

It is a source of great pride for all of us at the Skoll Foundation that Oxford University and the Said School of Business have been such terrific hosts for the Skoll Center for Social Entrepreneurship. I want to say a special thanks to Alex Nicholls, Rowena Young, and the entire Skoll Centre team for all their hard work. read more


Sally Osberg Interview with Mitch Nauffts for Philanthropy News Digest: “Building the Field of Social Entrepreneurship”

September 7, 2006 by

Interview of Sally Osberg, Skoll Foundation President and CEO, on Building the Field of Social Entrepreneurship. Published 09.07.06 in Philanthropy News Digest

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