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Distinguished Entrepreneur Series: A Fireside Chat with Douglas Becker

Join us for a fireside chat with serial-entrepreneur and investor Douglas Becker, moderated by Dean Madhav Rajan, Dean of the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago.

Douglas Becker is the founder of Cintana Education, and the founder and former chairman of Laureate Education. He is also a co-founder of Sterling Partners — which has since become a leading investor in education and other industries.

Doug ardently believes universities play an indispensable role in the development of nations, communities and individuals, and that more students deserve access to the resources of the world’s top-tier universities. His work has been driven by his vision of using highly innovative design principles to deliver breakthroughs in quality and scale for all levels of education.

Laureate Education is the largest higher education company in the world with more than 1,000,000 students enrolled at 70 campus-based and online institutions owned or managed by Laureate and its affiliates. These universities operated over 150 campuses in 23 countries around the world, offering bachelors and advanced degrees in almost every field of study. Under Doug’s leadership, Laureate became the world’s largest Certified B Corp™ and the first publicly traded company that is organized as a Public Benefit Corporation.

Prior to founding Laureate, Doug was the Chairman and CEO of its predecessor, Sylvan Learning Systems, during which period Sylvan became the largest K-12 tutoring company in North America, with over 1,000 tutoring centers, more than 200,000 students and a brand that became a household name.

As part of his commitment to community service, Doug is a member of the Board of Trustees for Johns Hopkins Medicine and also serves as the Chair of the Board of the International Youth Foundation, a global NGO focusing on the needs of youth in over 100 countries, including many of the most impoverished nations.

Thank you to Manish Kothari, MBA ’90, who has partnered with the Polsky Center to organize the Distinguished Entrepreneur series of speaker events.

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