Former Chief Administrative Officer of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Martha Choe, visited the business school in 2015, and I teased out five interesting viewpoints pertaining to her work at the foundation during the question-and-answer segment, after her sharing.
Read “The Indefatigable Martha Choe“, and here’s a short excerpt:
“The indefatigable Martha Choe – with stints as the Vice President at the Bank of California, Director of the Washington State Department of Community, Trade, and Economic Development, and Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – with her wealth of experience, challenged participants at a sharing session in the NUS Business School to not only do well with the skills acquired from the university, but to also do good for the community. “The community and my family are very important [to me],” she stressed in the beginning, “and I’ve always been involved in the community.”
To have careers in the private, public, and non-profit industries is remarkable. To excel in these positions is another accomplishment altogether. And throughout the one-and-a-half dialogue on Monday, even as Martha described her diverse responsibilities across these roles, her commitment to people and the broader society never wavered.
After four years as a high school teacher, she spoke of the relationships she developed with her clients and team at the Bank of California, using “finance as the tool”. Besides providing leadership for sustainable job growth in the state of Washington, she was appointed by Governor Gary Locke – who later served as the Secretary of Commerce and the United States ambassador to China – to craft a winning proposal for the assembly of Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner. With 47 competing states, it was an exhausting process, yet Martha credited the bipartisan support and strength of her team, especially in terms of engaging Boeing.”