Wendy Kopp: On 30 years of educational disruption

Wendy Kopp, Class of 1989, was a groundbreaking social entrepreneur long before the term was invented. She conceptualized Teach for America as part of her senior thesis and founded the organization shortly after graduation. It is based a single big idea: the most promising future leaders coming out of college could have profound social impact if they committed to teaching in underserved schools for just two years. Not only would school systems get an infusion of energy and talent, but Wendy thought her brainchild could embed public education as a top priority in the next generation of decision makers. Flash forward 30 years and that idea has developed, deepened and grown into a global model for public educational reform. Wendy now leads the international spinoff called Teach for All which operates in 50 countries.