Co-founder and CEO of Embrace & TED Senior 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.
Intuitive Innovation: How to Disrupt the Status Quo and Change the World
In this talk, Jane 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. True innovation, she says, should be intuitive—it should almost be unbelievable that your idea doesn’t already exist. That’s how a product or a concept becomes ubiquitous—it’s a necessary part of the fabric of our world. She 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.
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