Wilkes University

Linda Rottenberg - Allan P. Kirby Lecture Series - Spring 2012

Linda Rottenberg

Topic: "Reclaiming the American Dream: Getting Back Our Entrepreneurial Spirit"
Location: Stark Learning Center 101
Cost: Free and Open to the Public


Named one of “America’s Best Leaders” by U.S. News & World Report and one of 100 “Innovators for the 21st century” by TIME, Linda Rottenberg is CEO and Co-founder of Endeavor. Since 1997, Endeavor has been leading the global movement to catalyze long-term economic growth by selecting, mentoring, and accelerating the best High-Impact Entrepreneurs around the world. Headquartered in New York, the organization has offices in 15 countries across Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. In the past decade, Endeavor has screened more than 28,000 entrepreneurs and certified 600 with High-Impact potential. The Endeavor Entrepreneurs have created over 150,000 jobs and annually generate $4.5 billion.
Named “Ms. Davos” in 2011 by Business Insider, Linda served as co-chair of the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and currently Vice-chairs the Forum’s Entrepreneurship Council. She is the subject of three Harvard Business School and Stanford Graduate School of Business case studies. Thomas Friedman’s bestseller The World is Flat 2.0 contains a chapter featuring Linda, in which Friedman dubs her a “Mentor Capitalist” and hails Endeavor as “the best anti-poverty program of all.” She has been profiled in Time, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Forbes, Fortune, Fast Company, Inc., and the Economist.

Linda Rottenberg's recognition and awards include “Innovator for the 21st Century” by Time Magazine; “Hero” award in Dell’s “Take Your Own Path” global ad campaign; 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 Young Presidents Organization, 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, Generation Freedom, Walking the Bible, and other best-selling non-fiction books, and their identical twin daughters, Eden and Tybee.