Jean Case
The Case Foundation CEO reveals why honesty in the face of mistakes will take you far.

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It’s normal to feel nervous about striking out on your own. But if you start to feel yourself hesitate in pursuit of your goals, take Jean Case’s motto to heart and “Be Fearless.”

 

Case is the CEO and co-founder of the Case Foundation. She has been running the organization with her husband, AOL co-founder Steve Case, since 1997.

Through their work, the Cases are dedicated to dismantling myths about who can be a business leader by providing not only data but resources and funding to help underrepresented entrepreneurs make an impact.

As CEO, Case has overseen the development of initiatives such as the Rise of the Rest, which focuses on developing startups outside of hubs including Silicon Valley, and the support of ones including the Focus Fund, which in partnership with nonprofits such as JumpStart have invested $10 million into companies led by women and people of color.

Much of Jean Case’s career has been about seeing what others might not, especially in the world of technology. Before the Case Foundation, Case worked at GE developing the marketing strategy for its early online service The Source. She then made the leap and joined the startup that would evolve into AOL.

In addition to her duties at the Case Foundation, she is the chair of the National Geographic Society Board of Trustees and sits on the boards of Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (ABC2), the White House Historical Association and BrainScope Company.

 

Jean Case shared her insights about how make your mistakes truly count and how to find the people that will keep you honest and help you identify your strengths.

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