As if our incredible lineup of 2015 TEDxBeaconStreet speakers wasn’t enough, two new luminaries have joined the ranks this past week.
Mary Lou Fleming is the Executive Director of Engineering at Facebook and the Head of Display Technologies at Oculus. Previously she helped started Google[x], the moonshot division of Google, founding and running two “moonshot” programs and reporting to Google co-founder Sergey Brin. She is perhaps best known as the co-founder and founding Chief Technology Officer of One Laptop per Child (OLPC) where she spearheaded driving the price of laptops from $2000 down to $100 to deliver more educational opportunity to the world’s poorest children.
William Foster is a Bridgespan partner, head of the consulting practice, and active thought leader on issues of philanthropy and social change. Since joining the firm in 2002, William has supported the success of some of the sector’s leading nonprofits such as Youth Villages and Communities in Schools. He has a particular focus on the diligence, structuring and supports required for philanthropic “Big Bets.” William has helped the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and a number of individual donors to craft some of the sector’s largest gifts.