Jane Chen

Co-Founder and CEO of Embrace, Social-Good Entrepreneur, Innovation Leader

Jane Marie Chen is a top entrepreneur speaker and the co-founder and CEO of Embrace, a social enterprise that aims to help the 15 million premature and low birth-weight babies born every year, through a low-cost infant warmer. Her innovative idea takes the place of costly and technical incubators, allowing her technology to reach more remote villages around the world. Recently, Embrace Innovations launched a new line of baby products, Little Lotus, using the Embrace technology for the US market.

  • Jane Chen`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects Jane Chen`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $10,001 - $20,000

  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    California,

  • Jane Chen`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects Jane Chen`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $10,001 - $20,000

  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    California,

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Using Design Thinking to Save Lives

How can you save lives? If you’re a doctor you can save one life at a time, but how can you save thousands of lives if there is just one of you? Jane Chen decided to use design thinking, a systematic process for problem-solving. By ...

How can you save lives? If you’re a doctor you can save one life at a time, but how can you save thousands of lives if there is just one of you? Jane Chen decided to use design thinking, a systematic process for problem-solving. By following a process of empathizing, defining, brainstorming, prototyping, testing, and implementing, Jane Chen plans to help the 15 million premature and low birth-weight babies born every year through a low-cost infant warmer  In this talk, Jane walks through the design thinking process and illustrates how she was able to use it at Embrace to develop an innovation that has now saved hundreds of thousands of lives.

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Embracing the Entrepreneurial Journey

In this talk, she walks through the process of creating Embrace, the challenges faced along the way, and key lessons she learned as an entrepreneur.

What is the Cathedral You want to Build?

People dedicate their lives to building Cathedrals that take hundreds of years to complete. They will never see their work come to finality and celebrate their accomplishment. These people work for a cause that is greater than themselves. In this talk, she walks ...

People dedicate their lives to building Cathedrals that take hundreds of years to complete. They will never see their work come to finality and celebrate their accomplishment. These people work for a cause that is greater than themselves.

In this talk, she walks through the process of creating Embrace, how to lead with purpose, and how to think about the purpose of your work and the legacy you want to leave.

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About Keynote Speaker Jane Chen

Jane Chen is a globally recognized entrepreneur and inventor who speaks about innovation, leadership and resilience. She is the CEO and co-founder of Embrace Innovations, which developed a groundbreaking infant incubator that has saved over 300,000 babies around the world. Jane’s journey over the last decade has taken her from sub-Saharan Africa across remote parts of Asia. By leading an interdisciplinary team through a powerful mission and design thinking, she was able to effectively address one of the most pressing global health crises. Jane’s many setbacks and triumphs through the course of her journey illustrate the power of resilience in changing the world.

Jane talks about innovation and key leadership lessons which are particularly relevant during the time of this pandemic. Jane explains how the Embrace incubator was created using design thinking, and the impact it has made in saving thousands of babies. Jane also speaks about the key leadership lessons she has learned throughout her journey, particularly while working in extreme conditions — lessons about resilience and optimism which are especially applicable during this time. These lessons can help inspire leaders to see the current situation as an opportunity for growth and positive social change, rather than as a crisis. You can find testimonials of Jane’s talks here.

Jane has been a TED speaker, and has been featured in global media including the New York Times, CNN, Newsweek, The Guardian, and ABC’s 20/20. She has been named Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and as one of Forbes’ Impact 30.  She has also been the recipient of The Economist Innovation Award and Fast Company Design Award. In 2013, the  World Economic Forum recognized her as Social Entrepreneur of the Year. Jane received her MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business, and her Masters in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Testimonials

Jane’s story is not only compelling and inspirational but also powerful in a way that makes her audience believe in something more. She is a true fighter, survivor, and innovator. Her leadership speaks for itself and her already impressive legacy is only just getting started.”

Arielle Fuller

Chief Relationship Officer, Parlay House

“Jane spoke about disruptive innovation at a leadership development conference for the emerging leaders of my organization. To say that she had the audience riveted would be an understatement. The compelling story of her journey from graduate student at Stanford to entrepreneur, literally saving the lives of premature infants born in the most unimaginable circumstances, was a primer on social entrepreneurship and corporate responsibility. It is moving and memorable to this day.”

Leslie Rorhbacker

Chief Human Strategy Officer, The Medicines Company

“Jane’s story is incredibly inspiring and completely applicable to the challenging times we are living through today. Her messages of hope, tenacity and dedication to the mission over ego was inspirational. Jane would be a terrific speaker for any organization looking to elevate team commitment to achieve.”

Mark Garrett

Executive Chairman, Moors and Cabot, Inc.

“We invited Jane to speak at our Women Leaders for the World event and it was truly incredible. Jane powerfully demonstrated what it takes to be a passionate leader, providing inspiration through her story of leading Embrace and saving the lives of hundreds of thousands of babies. Her ability to weave important takeaways throughout, such as the importance of vulnerability in leadership, left our audience feeling excited and hopeful about having our own positive impact on the world.”

Claudia Searle

Women Leaders for the World Coordinator 

“When Jane joined a group of 20 next-generation leaders to share her story, she modeled courage, vulnerability, and authenticity, setting the exact tone we were striving towards for our leadership development program.”

Jim Citrin

Leader, Spencer Stuart CEO Practice & Best-Selling Author

“We invited Jane to speak at our company meeting, and she had our entire team laughing, crying, and feeling grounded and inspired, all in the span of 40 minutes and over Zoom.”

Clara Shih

CEO of Hearsay and Board of Directors at Starbucks

“Leaving Jane’s speaker session last week, I, along with the rest of the 250+ attendees, had chills. The story of how Embrace came to be – and the thousands of babies’ lives they’ve impacted – was the inspiration we all needed.”

Executive Development Leader, Retail Industry

 

Leaving Jane’s speaker session last week, The Design Thinking Mindset: Driving Innovation, I, along with the rest of the 250+ attendees, had chills. The story of how embrace came to be – and the thousands of babies’ lives they’ve impacted since – was the inspiration we all needed. Not only did Jane share the design thinking principles she used to design + launch embrace, she also shared the personal leadership lessons she learned along the way. Jane is an excellent speaker and storyteller…and we’re already thinking of ways we can continue to partner!

Emily Thompson

Director - Gap Inc. Global Leadership

“Hearing Jane’s experience reminded me of what true courage is about. My team members praised Jane’s talk as ‘amazing,’ ‘‘most inspirational’ and ‘by far the best resilience-themed talks I’ve ever heard.’ I strongly encourage you to listen to Jane’s story and share it with your teams. You will undoubtedly gain a profound perspective about being resilient and remaining optimistic, regardless the challenges your organization is trying to tackle.”

Jin Zhang

Engineering Manager, Facebook

“We invited Jane to speak at our company meeting, and she had our entire team laughing, crying, and feeling grounded and inspired, all in the span of 40 minutes and over Zoom. She has a riveting personal and professional story with many important leadership lessons woven in— bringing entrepreneurial design thinking and purpose to work, being vulnerable, deeply understanding your customer, and developing resilience in the face of incredible adversity and uncertainty. Her wisdom is invaluable during this time of a pandemic.”

Clara Shih

CEO of Hearsay and Board of Directors at Starbucks

“Hearing Jane Chen’s talk reminded me of what true courage is about. My team members praised Jane’s talk as “amazing”, “most inspirational” and “by far the best resilience-themed talk I’ve ever heard”. I strongly encourage you to listen to Jane’s story — you will undoubtedly gain a profound perspective on resilience and  optimism to help you face any challenges your organization is trying to tackle.”

Jin Zhang

Director of Engineering, Facebook

“We were so pleased to have had the opportunity to hear Jane’s inspiring presentation.  Her message thoroughly engaged our firm’s management across our 50+ international locations. Jane was also able to draw parallels to our own core values, illustrating how those concepts can be put into demonstrated, highly impactful action. Her reflective lessons regarding leadership truly resonated with our diverse audience.”

Patrick Gallagher

Director at Fragomen

Jane Chen’s personal story of mission, vision, creativity, and grit – all in the face of repeated setbacks, gave our teams real insight into the many facets required for success in innovation. Her story is inspiring, illuminating, and practical. She’s a memorable speaker with practical real world takeaways and an example of the best of what Silicon Valley can foster in the way of entrepreneurship and social good.”

Michele Tapiale

Client Director, Duke Corporate Education

“Jane’s deeply moving and inspiring talk on her journey with Embrace, speaks to courage, curiosity, compassion and community. Her experiences, challenges, setback and triumphs kept our audience of engineers glued to their seats. Jaen’s presentation included hard-earned lessons, along with inspiration for what empathy, purpose, skill development and grit can lead to. Her view of seeing the world through a lens of beauty has left a deep impression on us.”

Rana Chakrabarti

Director of Customer Experience, SAP Academy of Engineering

“We invited Jane to speak at our annual YPO Taipei Symposium, themed ‘Game Changers and Mavericks.’ Jane’s talk made a lasting impact among our members, as she showed how to have both enormous social and business impact in the world.”

Royce Hong

Chapter Chair, YPO Taipei

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Jan 3, 2018

Jane Chen's Entrepreneurship is Saving Babies' Lives

Jane Chen’s social enterprise, Embrace Innovations, is saving babies’ lives in 20 different countries, while keeping your baby healthy and...

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