Sylvia Mathews

Sylvia Mathews

Executive Director


Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Seattle, WA USA


Don't be afraid of risk; decide what it is that makes you happy, and make that the basis of your decision-making.

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Milestones

Milestones

My road in life has been direct.
After finishing college, she wanted to continue her schooling, so she left to do a second degree in England.
Finally, she realized that after seven years of secondary schooling, it was time for her to find a job.
Took a job with management consulting firm McKinsey & Company and moved to New York.
One day, she got a call from an old friend saying, "We want you on the Clinton campaign; you have 48 hours to come to Little Rock, Arkansas."
She took a leave of absence to work on the campaign...then she was pulled into the transition...and she stayed aboard for all eight years.
She decided to take a break from government work, climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, and then pivot into the private sector.
Her plans were derailed when the Gates Foundation called and made her an amazing offer that she couldn't refuse.
Says you should periodically stop and force yourself to examine where you are in life, and if you truly love what you're doing.
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Education

Education

highschool
High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Political Science and Government, General
Harvard University
graduate
Graduate
Philosophy
University of Oxford, England
graduate
Graduate
Political Science and Government, General
University of Oxford, England
Career

Career

Executive Director

I work to combat world poverty through agricultural development, financial services for the poor, and global libraries.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Non-Profit Organizations
Non-Profit Organizations
Politics
Politics
Helping People
Helping People