Jean Case

Jean Case, the first female Chairman of the National Geographic Society in its 131-year existence and CEO of the Case Foundation, is a businesswoman, philanthropist, investor, and internet and impact investment pioneer who believes that innovation and transformational discoveries require a more courageous approach. Before co-founding the Case Foundation in 1997, she had a nearly two-decade career in the private sector. She was a senior executive at America Online, Inc. before joining the Case Foundation. where she oversaw the marketing and branding efforts that helped AOL become a household name. Jean also serves on the advisory boards of the Brain Trust Accelerator Fund, Smithsonian American Women's History Initiative, and Georgetown University's Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation, as well as the boards of National Geographic Partners and the White House Historical Association.

In 2016, she was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and she has honorary degrees from Indiana University and George Mason University. Her first book is Be Fearless: 5 Principles for a Life of Breakthroughs and Meaning.