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Beyoncé Donates $125,000 to Help Fund Jane Chen's Infant Warmer
Innovation | June 11, 2014

Beyoncé Donates $125,000 to Help Fund Jane Chen's Infant Warmer

Pop superstar Beyoncé—who is arguably the world's most famous mom—announced last week that she is donating $125,000 to Jane Chen's organization, Embrace Innovations, which makes an innovative, low-cost infant warmer that looks like a baby sleeping bag. It's a product that has the potential to save millions of lives. Beyoncé's donation will fund pilot testing of the device in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, and Uganda, and could help 1,900 underweight babies who are in danger.

Speaking about Beyoncé, Chen, a Senior TED Fellow, mentioned: “She told me how incredible she thought the innovation was. I think what struck me was how sweet and genuine she was—and just so excited about our work. One of my most memorable moments was getting to dance with her [at the Gucci Chime for Change party] after we spoke.” The TED blog recaps the full story.

In her talks, Chen draws on her experiences at Embrace to teach us that sometimes the simplest inventions can have the biggest impact, and that starting small and valuing simplicity should be our guiding principles. We can change the world, she says—all it takes is a little perspective. To book Jane Chen as a speaker, contact The Lavin Agency.

Photos courtesy of Jane Chen.
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