School of Management at George Mason University Presents:
The 2012 Johnson and Strachan Distinguished Speaker Series
with Steve Case
11:00 a.m. Event Check-In and Networking
11:30 a.m. Dean's Welcome
11:40 a.m. Luncheon
12:10 a.m. Jeff Johnson - Introduction of Steve Case
12:15 p.m. Conversation with Mr. Steve Case, AOL Co-Founder & former CEO
1:15 p.m. Closing Remarks
Steve co-founded America Online (AOL) in 1985, when the Internet was in its infancy. Under Steve’s leadership as Chairman and CEO, AOL became the world’s largest and most valuable Internet company. AOL helped drive the worldwide adoption of a medium that has transformed business and society. AOL’s early focus on ease of use and social media set the stage for its rapid growth, and at its peak nearly half of Internet users in the United States used AOL. In 1992, AOL became the first Internet company to go public, and was the best performing stock of the 1990s, with a 11,616% return. At the peak of the Internet boom, Steve negotiated what remains the largest merger in business history, bringing together AOL and Time Warner in a transaction that gave AOL shareholders a majority stake in the combined company. To facilitate the merger, Steve agreed to step down as CEO when the merger closed in 2001. He served as Chairman of the Board of the combined company (then known as AOL Time Warner) until 2003.
Steve then went back to his entrepreneurial roots, and in recent years has partnered with more than a dozen entrepreneurs as an investor and mentor. Steve created Revolution in 2005 to oversee his rapidly expanding investments. Revolution now has four divisions: Revolution Growth, which invests in high-growth consumer companies; Revolution Ventures, which backs early-stage technology companies; Revolution Health, which invests in health and wellness businesses; and Revolution Places, which develops real estate and hospitality businesses. The success of AOL, coupled with Steve’s post-AOL track record building businesses through Revolution, led CNBC to call Steve “one of the nation’s greatest entrepreneurs.”
Steve is also Chairman of the Case Foundation, a private family foundation he established in 1997 with his wife Jean. Built on the principles of leadership, collaboration and entrepreneurship, the Case Foundation seeks to tap the power of the Internet, new technologies and entrepreneurial approaches to help strengthen the social sector. The Case Foundation has invested in hundreds of organizations, initiatives and partnerships in the U.S. and around the globe. Steve and Jean joined The Giving Pledge, started by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett in 2010, and publicly reaffirmed their commitment to give away the majority of their wealth to fund worthy charitable causes.
Steve was born and raised in Hawaii and retains active ties to his home state, but has lived in the Washington D.C. area for more than 25 years. He was a leading voice in shaping government policy regarding the Internet, including bridging the digital divide, making the Internet a safe place for children, and nurturing civic engagement. Later, he was a member of the State Department’s Advisory Committee on Transformational Diplomacy. Currently, Steve is a member of President Obama’s Council on Job’s and Competitiveness; Chairman of the Startup America Partnership, and co-chair of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Both efforts are aimed at celebrating and accelerating entrepreneurship. He is also co-chair of The Democracy Project, an initiative of the Bipartisan Policy Center to bring bipartisan and diverse voices together to help enhance the ability of government to grapple with the nation’s challenges.
The Johnson & Strachan Distinguished Speaker Series is a community-based academic initiative that enriches the educational experience of the school’s students, faculty, and alumni while building and strengthening relationships with the region’s business community.
Focusing on finance issues, the Distinguished Speaker Series brings a diverse group of corporate leaders, government officials, and renowned academicians to George Mason’s Fairfax campus. These exceptional speakers discuss the strategic and operational issues critical to the nation’s ability to sustain and enhance its competitive edge in a global economy. Their ideas and solutions will benefit students, faculty, and the community by offering insight and fostering provocative discussion.
The series is sponsored by Johnson & Strachan, Inc., whose president, Jeff Johnson, is a School of Management alumnus with a BS in accounting. Johnson & Strachan is a full service, multi-line, commercial and personal insurance agency offering a wide range of products and services to corporations, nonprofits, educational institutions, and small businesses. Their multi-faceted team of insurance and financial services experts has more than 100 years combined experience in the field. For over 25 years, they have been dedicated to serving the needs of their clients with excellent service and a unique approach to their insurance needs. For more information on Johnson & Strachan, visit http://www.jsinsurance.com/.
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