The American dream, so ingrained in heritage and national identity, is based upon entrepreneurship. With the recession and ever-changing business trends, the White House feels that America has lost some of its focus on small business and the path to entrepreneurship.
Penny Pritzker, Secretary of Commerce, emphasizes the importance of entrepreneurship. “President Obama and I both know that one of America’s greatest strengths is our entrepreneurial spirit. Our creativity, willingness to take risks, and ability to learn from failure has helped us build a strong, innovative, and competitive economy.”
The Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship
The Ambassadors are:
Steve Case, chairman and chief executive of Revolution; co-founder of America Online
Helen Greiner, chief executive of CyPhy Works; co-founder of iRobot Corporation
Reid Hoffman, co-founder and executive chairman, LinkedIn
Rich Barton, co-founder and executive chairman of Zillow
Tory Burch, chief executive officer, Tory Burch
Quincy Jones, chief executive of Quincy Jones Productions
Salman Khan, founder and executive Director of Khan Academy
Daphne Koller, co-founder and president of Coursera
Hamdi Ulukaya, founder and chief executive of Chobani
Nina Vaca, chief executive of Pinnacle Technical Resources
Alexa von Tobel, founder and chief executive of LearnVest
The list includes five female entrepreneurs, which is exciting for all female business owners. Pritker highlights this great representation of women. “As President Obama said in his State of the Union address, ‘When women succeed, America succeeds. At the Department of Commerce, we are committed to strengthening the role of women in business, and encouraging successful women to serve as role models for the next generation. I hope the women of PAGE will inspire girls all over the country and the world to dream big and to turn their dreams into successful careers and companies.”
Not only are the five excellent examples of entrepreneurship, but also their ability to inspire young girls to consider business ownership as a career is essential. Young women are told that they can do whatever they want in life, but to see other female role models achieve such success and influence does much more to inspire.
“As a business leader and entrepreneur for 27 years, I was often in boardrooms with very few women,” said Pritzker. “Now as chair of the Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship, I am thrilled that so many of the bright and talented minds around the table are female.”
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