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Wikimedia’s Gayle Karen Young to Present Spring 2014 Famous Entrepreneurs Series Lecture “Leading in Complexity: Finding Center at the Frontiers”


On Tuesday, April 15, Gayle Karen Young from Wikimedia will talk on “Leading in Complexity: Finding Center at the Frontiers” when she presents the spring 2014 Famous Entrepreneurs Series lecture. Focusing on what it takes to live and work at the intersection of human rights and technology, and psychology and business, her talk is free and will take place at 6 p.m. in Grewen Auditorium on the Le Moyne College campus.

As chief talent and culture officer at the Wikimedia Foundation, Gayle serves as a culture-builder and a catalyst for human development – a recent Inc. Magazine article termed her position as “The Cat-Herding-est Job on the Plant.” The Wikimedia Foundation runs Wikipedia and its sister projects, impacting half a billion readers in 280 different languages.

Gayle works to create dynamic organizational cultures in which people can thrive and thus make greater contributions. She acts as the interface between individuals and the systems within which they work, and fosters the development of both. From high-level strategic thinking to practical implementation, the breadth of her toolkit is matched by her adaptive agility. Her skills include leadership development, change management, instructional design, training, strategic communications, team building, and personal and organizational transformation.

Born in the Philippines to Chinese parents and raised in the United States, she has a multicultural perspective, an adventurous spirit, and a deep commitment to expanding human freedom. She has a rare capacity to hold multiple perspectives at once, remaining sensitive to the needs of diverse stakeholders and working for higher synthesis. Gayle comes from a rich organizational consulting background with corporate and nonprofit clients, with clients ranging from McDonald’s Corporation to Kaiser Permanente to Yale University to Ernst & Young.

She is passionate about global women’s issues and supporting women in leadership. She serves as the Board President of Spark, a non-profit dedicated to increasing the investment of young people in women’s human rights both internationally and domestically. She is also on the board of the Ada Initiative, supporting women in open tech. She has also worked as a facilitator for the Stanford Graduate School of Business Interpersonal Dynamics course and their Women in Management program.

About the Famous Entrepreneurs Series
Established in 2006 and incorporated into the Madden School of Business at Le Moyne in fall 2013, the Famous Entrepreneurs Series (FES) is a business community organization created to fuel the entrepreneurial flame in the greater Syracuse and Central Upstate New York region. Through FES, admired CEOs and management thought leaders join us to share their successes, failures and bold visions in an effort to create inspired discussions within our local community.

The goal of FES is to provide attendees with the opportunity to build relationships – creating a community of collaboration – to enhance the Central New York business environment with economic vibrancy and innovation. Past speakers have included world famous founders and CEOs (such as Chris Hughes of Facebook, Carly Fiorina of Hewlett-Packard, Larry Kramer of Marketwatch.com, Richard Teerlink of Harley-Davidson, Jon Luther of Dunkin Brands, Anne Mulcahy of Xerox and David Barger of Jet Blue) and innovative entrepreneurs and authors (such as Seth Godin, author of Purple Cow and more than a dozen books, C.K. Prahalad, author of "Competing for the Future," Michael Treacy, author of "The Discipline of Market Leaders," Rod Beckstrom, author of "The Starfish and the Spider," and Vijay Govindarajan, author of "Ten Rules for Strategic Innovators.").


posted on: 3/30/2014