CEO Forum with Linda Rottenberg
Linda Rottenberg is CEO and Co-founder of Endeavor, a non-profit organization that identifies and supports High-Impact Entrepreneurs in emerging markets. In 1997, Linda pioneered a new model for development that engages the private sector in mentoring and advising the most promising-yet-undiscovered entrepreneurs and jumpstarts entrepreneurial support networks in these economies. Headquartered in New York, with established operations in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Uruguay, Turkey and South Africa, Endeavor is currently launching its model in Egypt, Jordan, and India. After screening 18,000 candidates and selecting 400 emerging-market entrepreneurs, Endeavor has helped its entrepreneurs generate more than 90,000 high-quality jobs and, in 2007 alone, $2.5 billion in revenues. Prior to co-founding Endeavor, Linda directed the Southern Cone expansion of Ashoka, which broke new ground in the field of Venture Philanthropy by financing social entrepreneurs in over 30 developing countries. Previously, she designed and launched the first interdisciplinary Masters of Law program in Argentina and managed the Yale Law School-U.S. A.I.D. Linkage Programs in Latin America. Recently named by US News & World Report as one of 'America's Best Leaders,' Linda is the subject of Harvard Business School and Stanford Graduate School of Business case studies. She has been featured in leading publications including Time, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fast Company, Inc., and a recent profile in The Economist. The paperback edition of Thomas Friedman's bestseller The World is Flat contains a new chapter featuring Linda, in which Friedman hails Endeavor as 'the best anti-poverty program of all.'