Melinda Gates – GLS interviewed by Bill Hybels

Today I’m live blogging from the Global Leadership Summit, Gold Coast, Australia. GLS engages more than 300,000 leaders across 675+ sites in 125 countries and 59 languages. All with the intent to help people lead better.

To understand more please go here. Now I’d like to welcome back Bill Hybels, as he interviews Melinda Gates, Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Photo courtesy of GLS


An eternal impatient optimist.

Poverty has been cut I half in last 20 years. When we make a humanitarian investment we need to do it on behalf of everyone.

You can’t have two high-powered careers in your family and healthy kids. Melinda committed to having her kids as normal growing up as possible.


Daily Spiritual Practices:

One individual can change the world. Just make a difference in one person’s life.

But it needs to be balanced with silence.


Take time in silence everyday. Before the world gets crazy. Go to silence first before going to phone.

I light a candle, do a spiritual reading everyday, journal where I’m at.


Going to Church.


Gates foundation, gives away billions and billions of dollars.

How does the foundation function.

Bill and Melinda are very involved.

All lives have equal value and we are putting our hearts, minds and money behind that every single day.

There is great responsibility in giving other people’s money away.

Go in not as an expert but as a learner with a curious mind.

If I stayed long enough and listened long enough, the things that women spoke to me about were world changing opportunities that could be responded to.

Condoms are not able to be negotiated in the framework of a relationship because if a condom is used AIDS is assumed on one or both partners.

225 million women are asking for the shot that helps them time their pregnancies.

Melinda works with Governments to get contraceptives and vaccinations out to people all over the world.

Agree to disagree on differences and move forward on commonalities.

If a first time pregnancy is too early, too late, back to back to back the women and/or the child is likely to die.

When the people in need start calling out, you have to let your heart break and take it in, so you can include all people in helping those get what they need. IT takes courage to face this calling, but when the weight of the issue is too much, there is no other choice.

We made the decision to give money away before we were married. “Let’s give away the vast majority of our resources to the needed people and places in the world.

If you have anything close to a billion dollars, it’s not going to hurt you to part with half of it. – Warren Buffet.

They have 175 billionaires signed up to partner with them.

If you sign up to give away money now, they start to learn about giving their money away, their joy increases as does the influence of their choosing to be generous.

Massive progress has been made in the last 20 years:

  • Extreme poverty has been cut in half.
  • Child mortality has been cut in half.

(A $10 malaria bed net for a child or pregnant mum makes the greatest difference for the least price)

  • Maternal mortality rates nearly cut in half (43% reduction)
  • Under nourished people has been cut in half.
  • People in working middle class has tripled.

Every parent wants their kids to go to school. You have to feed your kids so they can go to school.

Gates’ took their international horsepower and after applying it to their business, they then applied it to build a foundation that transformed people’s lives.

Bill Gates was in the right place at the right time, he would say he got lucky: taking the opportunity and getting the right people around it.

In the world poverty response work going on, there was no data to meet needs or see the difference that was being made.

They do all they can to get as much data as possible which shows them what is needed, how it is needed, and what they can do about it.

The data is what allows us to move forward on behalf of people around the world.

We’re working on the hardest problems ever, which is why people have ignored them. But by bringing our business principles, savvy and resources to them we can make a difference.

Melinda tries to keep it personal, by entering into the personalness of it all. She stays close to the issues so they stay close to them. Parents want to do all they can to help their kids, we want to do all we can to help them help their kids.

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