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2012 True North Class

October 16, 2012  • Henry Crown Fellows Newsletter

It was wonderful to meet the newest class of Henry Crown Fellows, who have named themselves “True North” and have already set upon a course to distinguish themselves among Henry Crown Fellows.  Memorable moments included Willy Foote playing guitar around the campfire at Toklat, Rob Price portraying Gandhi (sheet and all) during the leadership handbook presentations, and seeing Claire Ngo hurtling down the rapids on her first ever river rafting experience!  We’re looking forward to many fun times to come.

Claire Ngo was appointed to the Executive Committee for UN Women Singapore, a United Nations entity for gender equality and the empowerment of women.

Willy Foote writes: “Root Capital continues to grow by leaps and bounds, reaching two big milestones this year. We welcomed our one hundredth full-time employee into the fold, and our assets under management surpassed $100 million. We’re deep into implementation of our 5-year plan to reach 600 agricultural businesses and 1.7 million small-scale farmers and their families (10 million people) by 2016– while catalyzing a financial market that serves agricultural businesses all over the world. I am really energized to lead our enterprise forward and, thus, help realize the potential of our clients—the rural poor who live on less than $2 a day. To share with others in a more public way my journey building a global operation to grow rural prosperity in the developing world, I recently launched a blog on Forbes.” To check out the blog click here. (Photo Caption: Willy Foote with Root Capital African field staff at July 2012 organizational retreat.)

Congratulations to Leighanne Levensaler who’s company Workday opened its IPO on Oct. 12 significantly higher than predicted.  She and her family are still awaiting their own “public offering”, their second child who was due Oct. 7.  Good luck!