A Rare Talk by Laurene Powell Jobs

Laurene Powell Jobs, widow of Apple founder Steve Jobs, made a rare public speaking appearance at Stanford. Forbes originally reported on the discussion led by Thomas Byers, professor of entrepreneurship. Powell Jobs spoke on a mix of topics including social innovators, immigration reform, and challenges women face in the career world.

Most of the discussion centered around Powell Jobs’ career path. She currently chairs Emerson Collective, an organization supporting entrepreneurs. This follows her work with College Track, which helps low-income high school students prepare for college. Powell Jobs has also worked advocating for immigration rights.

Prior to attending Stanford Business school, Powell Jobs spent four years working for Goldman Sachs. She referenced this time, noting that it was a challenge to work the trading floors as a female among mostly men.

The topic turned to entrepreneurship in the non-profit world when students had the opportunity to ask questions. Powell Jobs suggested corporations and venture capital firms allot a percentage of their investments for social entrepreneurs. This could help address the minimal income that often discourages young entrepreneurs. Powell Jobs encouraged students that despite low pay, the intrinsic rewards are powerful motivation.

The discussion ended with Powell Jobs offering a bit of career advice to students. She encouraged students to spend time in different workplace environments. Then find a long-term career that best matches the type of environment that feels right.

More information can be found at Forbes.com.

Miami-Dade County Lifts Same-Sex Marriage Ban

Monday, January 5th, was a happy day for same-sex couples in Florida as the state joins 35 others and the District of Columbia in overturning their legal bans on same-sex marriage. I was feeding my dog his morning Beneful when I first heard the news. Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Sarah Zabel made the decision to end the stay that was placed on her ruling in July that the ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional. While the rest of the state will begin to marry same-sex couples on the heels of a federal court injunction, Judge Zabel got the party started early, personally marrying the first two plaintiffs, Karla Arguello and Cathy Pareto. Both couples married by Zabel on Monday afternoon had been together for over twelve years before finally being able to legally seal their commitment to one another. 

The battle over gay marriage in Florida over the past decade has been one fraught with disagreements as the state contains healthy numbers of both liberals and conservatives. As the Miami Herald reports, the 2008 vote on the marriage ban drew support from 62% of the Florida population. Certain religious and family groups in Florida have already expressed their discontent with the court’s most recent decision, but come Tuesday, marriage equality will be the new law of the land across the state.