Linda Rottenberg is CEO and Co-founder of Endeavor, a global non-profit that is transforming emerging markets by establishing High-Impact Entrepreneurship as the leading force for sustainable economic development. Headquartered in New York, Endeavor has Country Affiliates throughout Latin America, Africa and the Middle East with expansion planned for Asia. In the past decade, Endeavor has screened more than 23,000 entrepreneurs and certified 550 with High-Impact potential. The Endeavor Entrepreneurs have created over 150,000 jobs and annually generate more than $3.5 billion.
Prior to co-founding Endeavor, Linda held various roles at Ashoka, the leading financier of social entrepreneurs. Previously, she helped design and build the first interdisciplinary law school in Argentina and managed Yale Law School programs in Latin America.
Named by US News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Leaders,” Linda is the subject of 3 Harvard Business School and Stanford Graduate School of Business case studies. Dell, Inc featured her as one of five “Heroes” for its global ad campaign honoring entrepreneurs, and Thomas Friedman’s bestseller The World is Flat 2.0contains a chapter featuring Linda, in which Friedman dubs Linda a “Mentor Capitalist” and hails Endeavor as “the best anti-poverty program of all.” She has been profiled inTime, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Forbes, Fortune, Fast Company, Inc., and The Economist.
First female chair of the World Economic Forum on the Middle East, Linda was featured in Dell's “Hero” global ad campaign. Her recognition and awards include “Innovator for the 21st Century” by Time Magazine; “America’s Best Leaders” 2008 byUS News & World Report; “Global Leader for Tomorrow,” “Young Global Leader” & “Leading Social Entrepreneur” by World Economic Forum; Asper Award for Global Entrepreneurship (2009); Veuve Cliquot Business Woman of the Year (2008); 10 Women to Watch of 2008 by Running Start; Person of the Year by Office of Women in International Trade (2007); 100 Bold Innovators of 2003 by MIT Technology Review;25 Next-Generation Leaders to Watch by Latin Finance and America Economia; and "The Most Important Not-For-Profit Leader in Latin America" by Poder-BCG Business.
Linda is a member of YPO, the World Economic Forum’s Entrepreneurship Steering Committee, and The Council on Foreign Relations. She received her J.D. from Yale Law School and B.A. magna cum laude in Social Studies from Harvard University. She lives in New York with her husband Bruce Feiler, best-selling author of The Council of Dads, Walking the Bible, America's Prophet and other best-selling non-fiction books, and their identical twin daughters, Eden and Tybee.
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