Bill Gates to Speak at Concordia College
Feb 27, 2013
Feb. 27, 2013
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BILL GATES TO SPEAK AT CONCORDIA COLLEGE
Gates to Deliver Keynote for Business School Dedication Event April 27
Bill Gates will be the featured speaker at Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn., April 27, 2013, as part of dedication festivities for the newly renovated Grant Center, home of the Offutt School of Business. Gates, an entrepreneur and philanthropist, will discuss social entrepreneurship, an important element in the Offutt School of Business curriculum.
“The imagination and philanthropic spirit that define the achievement and generosity of Bill Gates make him a splendid person to inaugurate the new home of Concordia's Offutt School of Business, which expresses the innovative character of the College and its commitment to educating leaders dedicated to the common good,” says Concordia President William Craft.
Gates is co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He co-founded Microsoft in 1975, and left his full-time role with the organization in 2008 to focus on the foundation. Bill and Melinda Gates collaborate with grantee and partners to assist disadvantaged people around the world. In developing countries, the foundation focuses on improving people’s health by giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life.
The Offutt School of Business is an undergraduate business program grounded in the liberal arts and focused on four critical skills: global understanding, entrepreneurship, ethics and leadership. Built on a strong tradition that prepared leaders in the fields of healthcare management, accounting and economics, the Offutt School of Business offers majors in business, international business and accounting with concentrations in economics, finance, healthcare administration, marketing and organizational leadership.
The event will be free and open to the public. Additional details about Gates’ visit, including the schedule for the dedication day and ticket information will be available March 20 at www.ConcordiaCollege.edu/billgates.
Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn., is a four-year, private liberal arts college of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Concordia ranks 10th nationally in number of students participating in short-term study abroad programs. All Concordia students learn one or more of 9 world languages and many pursue international internships and volunteer experiences.