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Google Foundation Head to Keynote UNLV New Leadership Nevada Program

Jacquelline Cobb Fuller, director of Google.org, to address next generation of state leaders at June 4 Women’s Research Institute of Nevada event.
Campus News  |  May 19, 2015  |  By Keyonna Summers
Media Contact: UNLV Office of Media Relations, (702) 895-3102

Jacquelline Cobb Fuller, director of Google.org.

Jacquelline Cobb Fuller, director of Google.org, will bring insight from Silicon Valley and the world of philanthropy to Las Vegas when she addresses the next generation of state leaders at the Women's Research Institute of Nevada (WRIN) National Education for Women's (NEW) Leadership Nevada Summer Institute June 4.

The institute --- to be held June 1-6 at UNLV -- gives college women in Nevada a unique opportunity to identify their own leadership style, develop skills, and meet female trailblazers whose expertise span a variety of fields. Fuller leads strategy for Google.org, the philanthropic arm of Google Inc., and previously served as deputy director of Global Health at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. As this year's keynote speaker, she is part of a dynamic lineup of guests who will address institute participants throughout the week.

"We are thrilled that Jacquelline Fuller will be able to share her experience from two of the country's most notable philanthropic organizations with our students and discuss the role technology companies are playing in improving our world," said Joanne Goodwin, WRIN director. "Our summer institute and its keynote dinner reflect the unique opportunities that WRIN and NEW Leadership bring to the state."

Fuller oversees the giving strategy at Google.org, which annually presents more than $100 million in grants to nonprofits tackling major global challenges such as poverty and endangered wildlife. While at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, she was a member of the senior management team guiding efforts to influence public policy on behalf of the organization and its grantees.

In 2004, Fuller and her family moved to Delhi, India, where she helped launch and scale up the foundation's $300 million HIV prevention initiative known as Avahan. She led government, corporate, media, and board relations as well as advocacy efforts at the international, country, and state levels.

Prior experience includes serving as speechwriter and aide to former U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Louis Sullivan. A Harvard master's of public policy graduate, Fuller participates with several foreign relations and international justice groups.

"It is important to provide high-quality training to Nevada's future women leaders," said Goodwin. "Part of that is hearing from people like Jacquelline Fuller who have demonstrated a path to leadership that is uniquely her own. There are always lessons to be learned from success, and I'm very much looking forward to what Ms. Fuller has to say."

National Education for Women's (NEW) Leadership is an award-winning program developed by Rutgers University Center for American Women and Politics. In 2001, WRIN became the first site in the southwestern and Rocky Mountain states to host this program. Its centerpiece is the six-day Nevada Summer Institute, which brings together about two dozen college women from across the Silver State to network, receive mentorship and learn about leadership and civic participation through panels, lectures and interactive workshops with accomplished women leaders. Program speakers come from a variety of backgrounds, including law, business, politics, education, community activism, non-profit organizations, banking, gaming, small business, medicine, real estate and more.

The 2015 NEW Leadership keynote dinner will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 4 in the Blasco Event Wing of the UNLV Foundations Building.

NEW Leadership Nevada 2015 sponsors include: Altria Client Services; Bank of America Merrill Lynch; Barbara Buckley; Bureau of Reclamation; Caesars Entertainment; Eileen Fisher, Inc.; English Garden Florist; Nevada International Women's Forum; Rutgers University's Center for American Women and Politics; Selma Bartlett; Soroptimist International of Greater Las Vegas; UnitedHealthcare; UNLV's History Department, Student Life Funding Committee, William S. Boyd School of Law, and Women's Council; and Wings of Grace. The Women's Research Institute of Nevada is grateful to The Eleanor Kagi Foundation - A Lynn M. Bennett Legacy for its ongoing support.

Contact the Women's Research Institute of Nevada at (702) 895-4931 or wrin@unlv.edu for additional information on programming and sponsorship opportunities, or to register.