Leading non-profit; disruptive change inside and out; making the impossible, possible.
Pros: great mission, really smart people, abundance of resources
Cons: difficult to navigate culture, organizational growing pains, 5 different competing companies, taking a business approach to non-profit world makes partnerships challenging
Disruptive change is difficult at best and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation can be best seen through that lens. Taking on the big problems and issues of the world requires much ideation, testing of those ideas, course corrections and then refocusing on the goal. Imagine then, the disruptive change occurs simultaneously inside and outside the Gates Foundation. That is the world of the Gates Foundation operates within; this is not a place for the faint of heart.
I have found that the pressure on making the right investments and creating the right programs causes us to lose sight of our real customer--the person in the 3rd world that needs the result of our work.
The Gates Foundation is a great place to impact the world and some of the greatest humanitarian challenges. The power of the brand and its influence on philanthropy and the non-profit sector is second to none. Because of the its visibility and transparency, it is a challenging place to work--and the rewards are enormous.