Brené with Melinda French Gates
on The Moment of Lift
In this episode, I talk with philanthropist and global advocate for women and girls, Melinda French Gates. We talk about empathy, the power of story, and about her book, The Moment of Lift – a clear and powerful call to action for gender equity.
Melinda French Gates
Melinda French Gates is a philanthropist, businesswoman, and global advocate for women and girls. As the co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Melinda sets the direction and priorities of the world’s largest philanthropy. She is also the founder of Pivotal Ventures, an investment and incubation company working to drive social progress for women and families in the United States, and the author of the bestselling book The Moment of Lift.
Melinda grew up in Dallas, Texas. She received a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Duke University and an MBA from Duke’s Fuqua School. Melinda spent the first decade of her career developing multimedia products at Microsoft before leaving the company to focus on her family and philanthropic work.
She has three children, Jenn, Rory, and Phoebe, and lives in Seattle, Washington.
The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World by Melinda French Gates is a timely and necessary call to action for women’s empowerment. For the last twenty years, Melinda French Gates has been on a mission to find solutions for people with the most urgent needs, wherever they live. Throughout this journey, one thing has become increasingly clear to her: If you want to lift a society up, you need to stop keeping women down. In this moving and compelling book, Melinda shares lessons she’s learned from the inspiring people she’s met during her work and travels around the world. Throughout, she shows how there has never been more opportunity to change the world―and ourselves.
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