Leading Change: Bill Gates At Concordia

Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and co-founder of Microsoft, spoke at Concordia College, Moorhead, on April 27 as part of dedication festivities for the newly renovated Grant Center, home of the Offutt School of Business.

Approximately 3,800 people attended the event. Hundreds more watched it via livestream. Gates, an entrepreneur and philanthropist, addressed his career at Microsoft and his transition to philanthropy. He spent most of his 70-minute presentation answering questions from Concordia students.

“What a great day for Concordia College,” says President William Craft. “We are so pleased at the inauguration of the Offutt School of Business and the chance to honor Ron Offutt, one of our most distinguished and philanthropic graduates. What a delight and honor to have Bill Gates here. He set such a terrific example this morning in Memorial Auditorium. I was so pleased about the event as an educational moment for our students and something that in many ways embodies the mission of the college to influence the affairs of the world.”

Read our Storify of tweets and pictures gathered from the day.