Wendy Kopp Honored With Social Entrepreneurship Award

This recognition is a wonderful tribute to thousands of young people who have joined Teach for America and other Teach for All network organizations across the globe and channeled their energy into expanding opportunity for our nations’ most disadvantaged children.

— Wendy Kopp, CEO and Co-founder, Teach For All


On June 17, Teach For All's CEO and Co-Founder, Wendy Kopp, was presented with the Forbes 400 Lifetime Achievement Award for Social Entrepreneurship at the third annual Forbes 400 Summit on Philanthropy. The award was presented by ForbesWoman President and Publisher, Moira Forbes, during an evening focusing on Solutions for Education.

With the goal of creating entrepreneurial solutions for education issues, particularly supporting America's K-12 public schools and increasing access for girls in the developing world, the exclusive summit brought together close to 200 of the world's leading social entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and billionaires, including Warren Buffett, Chuck Feeney, Jeff Skoll, Sal Khan, Laurene Powell Jobs, and Arne Duncan. In addition to lauding the efforts of teachers and alumni across the Teach For All network, Kopp payed tribute to the "risk-taking, generous philanthropists and to the many other partners within education systems and communities across the world whose support has been crucial to our success."

The summit began with an impassioned speech by Malala Yousafzai—the 16-year-old girls' education activist who was shot by Taliban militants two years ago—whose new charity, the Malala Fund, will fight for girls’ education around the world. Later, Warren Buffett presented Chuck Feeney, Founder of The Atlantic Philanthropies, with the Forbes 400 Lifetime Achievement Award for Philanthropy.

Watch the full video of Wendy Kopp receiving the Forbes 400 Lifetime Achievement Award For Social Entrepreneurship.