The Washington Post collected some of the best and most thought-provoking advice to graduates from recent commencement speeches around the country, including Rex Tillerson, Oprah Winfrey, Abby Wambach, Anne-Marie Slaughter, and Siddhartha Mukherjee.
Hamdi Ulukaya, CEO of Chobani
The founder of the popular Greek-yogurt business, which has been caught in partisan sparring over Ulukaya’s history of hiring refugees, spoke at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School about the growing societal expectation that CEOs speak up on social issues.
“We are entering a new era, when the center of gravity for social change has moved to the private sector,” he said on May 13. “It’s business, not government, that is in the best position to lead today. It’s not government hiring refugees, it’s business. It’s not government cutting emissions, it’s business. It’s not government standing up to gun violence, it’s business.”
But he also had some advice for the business school grads.
“It’s great that you are a Wharton MBA. But please, don’t act like it,” he said.