FORA.tv Speaker - Laura Scher

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Biography

Laura Scher is co-founder, chairperson and chief executive officer of Working Assets, a long distance, credit card, and wireless company dedicated to building a world that is more just, humane and environmentally sustainable. Ms. Scher co-founded Working Assets in 1985 on the belief that building a business and building a better world are not mutually exclusive. Working Assets supports positive social change by donating a percentage of its revenue (from top-line sales, not bottom-line profits) to progressive nonprofit groups working for peace, human rights, equality, education, and the environment. Under Ms. Scher’s leadership, the company has donated over $47 million to progressive nonprofit groups such as Planned Parenthood, Human Rights Watch, Rainforest Action Network and Oxfam America. Working Assets donated nearly $7 million in 2004 alone.As CEO, Ms. Scher has helped Working Assets grow to more than $100 million in annual revenue. Additionally, Working Assets has appeared on Inc. Magazine’s list of fastest growing, privately held companies for five years in a row and is one of the largest private companies in San Francisco. Ms. Scher earned an MBA from Harvard Business School. Before that, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Yale and studied international economics at the Institute for International Studies in Geneva.

1 Program

Can Business Do Well While Also Doing Good?

04.17.07 | 01:26:55 min | 0 comments