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Bill Drayton

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Bill Ashoka is an influential social entrepreneur and business man who founded Ashoka: Innovators for the Public, a nonprofit organization committed to discovering and guiding entrepreneurs across the globe. Born in 1943 in New York City, Drayton attended Harvard, receiving a BA in 1965. After that, he earned an MA from Balliol College and a JD from the Yale Law School in 1970. During his time at Harvard, he established the Ashoka Table, which brought key government, union, and church leaders together for off-the-record dinners and meetings. After receiving his JD, he worked as a consultant for McKinsey and Company, a position he held for almost 10 years.

Drayton is credited with popularizing the rise of the phrase “social entrepreneur”, a concept that was first put in print in 1972. In 2005, US News & World Report named Drayton as one of the year’s ‘Best Leaders’. He has won numerous awards and has been recognized by many for his efforts to find and support the world’s most influential entrepreneurs. In 2008, Drayton was named a ‘visionary’ and was listed amongst Utne Reader magazine’s “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing the World”.

Companies and Investments

Ashoka (Founder & CEO)

Lessons Learned

Being an entrepreneur and having big ideas is one of the most powerful forces in the world.

As an entrepreneur, you have the ability to turn a simple thought our idea into a reality. There is something incredibly special about that.

Never compromise on the things that matter most. Your core principles are what will make the difference in the long run.

Make sure you surround yourself with other who ‘get’ your vision and understand your short and long-term goals.

The key to never losing focus and staying committed to your business goals is to surround yourself with inspirational colleagues.

Learn how to master your skills and you will find success.

Inspiring Quotes

Bill Drayton's Quotes

Good entrepreneurs can manage, but no one but an entrepreneur can entrepreneur, let alone help build and lead the world’s community of leading social entrepreneurs and their top business entrepreneur allies.

Bill Drayton

Entrepreneurs cannot be happy people until they have seen their visions become the new reality across all of society.

Bill Drayton

Influential Books