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MAGATTE WADE

CEO SkinIsSkin, Serial Entrepreneur, Forbes 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa

Magatte Wade is a serial entrepreneur, inspirational speaker, and visionary business leader with a passion for creating positive change in Africa. She is the founder and CEO of SkinIsSkin.com, “the lip balm with a mission,” and is dedicated to reducing racial discrimination while creating jobs and prosperity in her home country of Senegal.
 
Throughout her career, she has created successful high-end retail brands inspired by diverse African traditions. She is a Forbes “20 Youngest Power Women in Africa”, a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum at Davos, a TED Global Africa Fellow, and "Leading Woman in Wellness” award winner by the Global Wellness Summit.  She has spoken at Harvard, MIT, Yale, Columbia, Dartmouth, UC Berkeley, and dozens of other universities around the world.  She is creating a school in Senegal based on Montessori and entrepreneurial principles leading to digital careers that dramatically increase incomes for her people. 

Session

Entrepreneurship, Purpose, and 21st Century Education

As someone who has worked as an entrepreneur in the U.S., France, and Senegal, Magatte is acutely aware of the importance of purpose-driven entrepreneurship in the new economy.  She is a close observer of the professional social norms in her previous home countries of France and Senegal, and how radically different those norms are from the norms in cutting-edge entrepreneurial hubs such as SF and Austin.  What kind of education is relevant to becoming a  purpose-driven entrepreneur or entrepreneurial employee?  How can schools cultivate such skills?  Why might we be concerned about places where these skills are not  currently being developed?  Join Magatte for a thoughtful commentary as she relates her experience of working in three cultures and experiencing a wide range of educational experiences in all three cultures, including exposure to some of the most innovative educational experiences in the U.S.