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Ellen Sirleaf

Nobel Prize for Peace

On the one hand, you have to be strong enough to take the hard decisions that classify you -- characterize you -- as an Iron Lady. Meaning, in the midst of what may be formidable forces, you have to make the right decision and stand by it with the course it takes. But then we're also in a society of many young people, children. Children who had lost all hope, and just a few years ago you saw nothing but despair in their eyes. You want to be able to reach out to them with the sensitivity of a mother and grandmother. So in that environment you have -- and I'm so glad that one of the things I always said was -- to make the children smile again. Whereas before, if they saw a presidential convoy approaching, they would all run helter-skelter, because they didn't know what would happen to their parents. Security agents coming to look for but today, if the siren sounds, they all gather on the streets, and most times I get down off the so the "Ma" comes from that. It's a nice name for a grandmother.
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Carlos Slim

Financier and Philanthropist

My challenge for the next seven years -- first, three years, and then seven, the first step for three years and the second step seven, a challenge is to create the human and physical capital in our countries, in Latin America. That's now my challenge. That is what I am more involved and interested in. Health, nutrition, health education and jobs and physical infrastructure. That means airports, ports, roads, highways, power plants, energy, telecommunications, et cetera, and housing, and that's what I am trying to do within the last years. I left my boards outside Mexico and in Mexico, and I'm concentrating in this challenge, to look how our countries have more human capital and physical capital, trying to help that and to support that, by looking at it through the foundations that I create and through the investment. I believe that poverty is not fought with donation of charity. You cannot fight poverty with debt relief donations and social programs. You fight poverty only with a good education and jobs. Jobs is the way to fight poverty, and in the past, the problem of poverty was an ethical problem, a moral problem, a problem of social justice. Today, in this new civilization, to fight poverty is an economic need. If you don't fight poverty, the country doesn't develop. In the past, you have slaves. You fight for earth, for soil, and people work for nothing. Now you don't need the physical labor. You need mental knowledge, labor that knows training, skilled labor, and that's why you need the education and the human capital. That's what I'm convinced of, and that's what I'm working for. That's what now I am most interested in.
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Frederick W. Smith

Founder, Federal Express

I was a student at Yale and wrote a paper about the computerized society that was on the horizon. It was pretty clear then, with IBM installing the big computers around, that the world was going to change. And the paper was about how this was going to change a lot of things, and in particular it was going to change the way things had to be distributed and moved to support those automated devices.
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Frederick W. Smith

Founder, Federal Express

The solution was, in my mind, to have an integrated air and ground system, which had never been done. And to operate not on a linear basis, where you try to take things from one point to another, but operate in a systemic manner. Sort of the way a bank clearing house does, you know? They have a bank clearing house in the middle of all the banks and everybody sends someone down there and they swap everything around. Well, that had been done in transportation before: the Indian post office, the French post office. American Airlines had tried a system like that shortly after World War II. But the demand side and supply side had really not met at an appropriate level of maturation.
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