Jeff is one of those people you swear must either be 80 years old or a liar...because his bio bursts with so many accomplishments it leaves you breathless. For 25 years he was CEO and Co-Founder of JPMorgan Partners, JPMorgan Chase's $12 billion global private equity group...and it goes on and on.
He's now an active philanthropist and brings to his wide basket of interests an amazing ability to get individuals and companies and governments to come together for measurable outcomes. He believes that by getting everyone aligned--and then engaging them in discovering together what they can make happen--is key to getting big things done. He's been instrumental in applying this kind of action-focused conversation to malaria, to childhood deaths, and even to education. At the University of Virginia, for example, Jeff tells me when they decided to throw out lectures and instead turn the classes into interactive exchanges among the students and teachers, attendance went from a measly percentage to 95% school-wide.
It's all about engaging everyone in the conversation and making it about something important. He's my hero.
And by the way, Jeff conducts what he calls Jeffersonian Dinners, which are akin to the Inner Circles I do for my corporate clients. We've agreed that I'll come to one of his dinners, and I'll invite him to one of my Inner Circles. Should be an interesting exchange of format ideas and more.
Can't wait! Thank you TED. And thank you Gino!