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Sally Osberg

President and CEO, Skoll Foundation

Biography

Sally Osberg has been an entrepreneurial leader and catalyst for social change throughout her career. She propels those around her with her life philosophy and mantra, captured in one word: "Onward!" As President and CEO of the Skoll Foundation, she partners with Founder and Chairman Jeff Skoll and guides the organization in its search and support of innovators pioneering scalable solutions to pressing global problems. Under Sally’s leadership, the Foundation has invested in more than 100 ventures led by social entrepreneurs worldwide; established the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at the Saïd Business School of Oxford University; created the annual Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship; and brokered cutting-edge partnerships with organizations including TED, the Sundance Institute, and the Social Progress Imperative.

In 2015, she co-authored Getting Beyond Better: How Social Entrepreneurship Works with Roger Martin. Together, she and Roger received the Thinkers50 Social Enterprise Award. Sally’s work has appeared in CNN, Financial Times, Bloomberg TV, Harvard Business Review, Stanford Social Innovation Review, the MIT Technology Review, Rotman Magazine, and others. She has been recognized as one of Silicon Valley’s Millennium 100 by the San Jose Mercury News and among the social sector’s 50 most influential leaders by The NonProfit Times.

Recent Articles

After 16 years at the helm of the Skoll Foundation, Sally Osberg announced plans to step down as President & CEO. She will continue to lead until her successor is…
Sally Osberg - Skoll Foundation, March 15, 2017
On January 21st, my daughter and I joined the sea of citizens marching in solidarity down Independence Avenue in Washington, D.C. Humanity in all colors, ages, and genders jostled along,…
Sally Osberg - Skoll Foundation, March 8, 2017
As we celebrate International Women's Day today, I think back to my grandmother, one of the first women in New England to buy and drive her own Ford Model A. Throughout…
Sally Osberg - Skoll Foundation, January 20, 2017
Friends, Over my lifetime, the course of human events here in the US has always found its way forward. While far from perfect, our union has been characterized by its…
Sally Osberg - Skoll Foundation, Roger Martin - Martin Prosperity Institute, December 5, 2016
Since the 1990s, demand from students for social entrepreneurship courses has mushroomed. Why? Because as the world started to realize that social progress is essential to the wellbeing of individuals,…
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