Co-founder and CEO of Embrace & TED Fellow
Prior to Embrace, Jane Chen worked with nonprofit organizations on healthcare issues in developing countries. She spent several years as the Program Director of a startup HIV/AIDS nonprofit in China, and worked for the Clinton Foundation's HIV/AIDS Initiative in Tanzania. She also worked at Monitor Group as a management consultant, advising Fortune 500 companies. Chen has been selected as a TED India Fellow, a TED Senior Fellow, an Echoing Green Fellow, and a Rainer Arnhold Fellow. Recently, she was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. Chen was also recently profiled by Dove Real Role Model campaign for her Embrace work. She holds an MBA from Stanford University and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University.
Embrace has received coverage in 20/20, CNN, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, TIME Magazine, National Geographic, Oprah Magazine, and numerous other media. The World Health Organization named it one of the "Top Innovations in Global Health" in 2010.
How To Save a Million Lives With a $200 Invention
In this talk, Chen shows us how brilliant and basic ideas—such as the Embrace Infant Warmer, a life-saving, affordable, and ingenious solution to the lack of expensive incubators in the developing world—can save lives, change communities, and inspire others to follow a lead that disrupts the status quo. She shares some of the strategies that helped her overcome Embrace's biggest challenges, such as remembering the needs of the end user, shedding the biases of traditional business models, and valuing simplicity as a guiding principle. Chen teaches us that sometimes the simplest inventions can have the biggest impact.
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