I am grateful to Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube, for the sneezing panda, and Maru, and David after dentist. And now I’m grateful that Wojcicki will be coming to Baltimore to deliver Johns Hopkins’ commencement address on May 22. She will be just the fifth woman to serve as commencement speaker since 1974.
Of course, the university didn’t just decide to bring Wojcicki to campus because they’re fans of viral videos (though who isn’t?). She’s also a top-notch businesswoman, who has been named one of Fortune’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business; Forbes’ 100 Most Powerful Women, and Vanity Fair’s 50 “leading innovators.” She’s also held high-level positions at Google, Intel, and Bain & Company.
“Susan Wojcicki has helped to revolutionize how we gather, interpret, and share information,” Hopkins Ronald J. Daniels said. “I cannot imagine a better speaker for a class of graduates who were not only raised in an entirely digital age—and who may have learned to Google at the same time they learned to read—but who are imbued with the type of restless, entrepreneurial energy that has always marked our speaker’s career.”
For her part, Wojcicki praised the university’s Harlem Shake video– oh, and its students’ “creativity, passion, and entrepreneurial spirit.”
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