Laurene Powell Jobs is a leading American business administrator and creator of the influential group Emerson Collective, a political reform organization that promotes issues dealing with education and immigration. Jobs is the widow of the late business and technology innovator Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple computers and inventor of the iPhone. Laurene Powell Jobs is the president and co-creator of the Board of College Track, an organization that helps underprivileged high school students enroll in college courses, decide on majors and find employment. She is the main trust holder of her late husband’s fund, originally called the Steven P. Jobs Trust and now called the Laurene Powell Jobs Trust. The trust is a major stakeholder in the Walt Disney Company, owning around 7 percent or 8 percent of the company’s stock value. Forbes ranked Powell Jobs the twenty-ninth most powerful woman in the world in 2014.
Laurene Powell Jobs History and Background
Laurene Powell Jobs was born in a small town in New Jersey called West Milford. She is a dual degree holder, in 1985 earning both a bachelor of arts and a bachelor of science in economics from the University of Pennsylvania. In 1991, she earned a master of business administration from Stanford, the degree on which she then began to build her career in business. Several years later, she created the non-profit company College Track, a group that offers assistance to disadvantaged young people in entering college.
The company was started in East Palo Alto, California, and helped high school students achieve their dreams of traveling off to college and transcending their lives of poverty. Most of the students helped by College Track have been first-generation college students. In other words, they were students whose parents never attended college. The group has significantly improved the statistics for first-generation college students.
Normally, only about 24 percent of first-generation college students finish a degree within six years, but 70 percent of College Track students finish a degree in this time period. Most of Powell Jobs’ philanthropy work has been in the area of education, but some of it has also focused on immigration issues, such as her time spent on the advisory board of the Council on Foreign Relations. More recently, Powell Jobs has been active in Washington, talking with politicians about immigration reform and promoting the President’s Affordable Healthcare Act initiative, a cause that Republicans have opposed from its inception. She also was a bidder on the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team sale.
Laurene Powell Jobs Stepping Out of the Shadow of Her Husband
Laurene Powell Jobs is stepping out of the shadow of her husband. When Steve Jobs was alive, he was well known as a charismatic figure who drew attention to his public appearances. In those days, Laurene Powell Jobs was a lot less outspoken, and she tended to quietly go about her business without attracting too much attention. Since her husband’s death, however, she has become an active public figure in her own right, putting her hand in the dealings of Washington politicians and government agencies with influence in her areas of interest. Laurene Powell Jobs has found her place in the world following her husband’s sudden death, and she is using her influence to promote worthy causes, as you can see in the interview below: