Sally R. Osberg

Sally R. Osberg an American business executive who formerly served as president and CEO of the Skoll Foundation, where she partnered with founder and chairman, Jeffrey Skoll.[1] She was the founding executive director of the Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose.[2]

Sally Osberg
Born (1950-04-25) April 25, 1950 (age 73)
Alma materScripps College (B.A.)
Claremont Graduate School (M.A)
OccupationFormer CEO of the Skoll Foundation

Osberg joined the Skoll Foundation in February 2001. Since that time, the Foundation has invested in more than 100 ventures led by social entrepreneurs worldwide.[3] Osberg also established the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at the Saïd Business School of the University of Oxford; and created the annual Skoll Foundation.[4]

Osberg received her B.A. in English from Scripps College and her M.A. in English and American Literature from the Claremont Graduate University. She now lives in Wayne, Pennsylvania.[5]

Publications and speechesEdit

Osberg is the co-author of the book, Getting Beyond Better: How Social Entrepreneurship Works, with Roger L. Martin.[6]

Osberg and Martin's 2007 article in Stanford Social Innovation Review, “Social Entrepreneurship: The Case for Definition”,[7] advocated for “social entrepreneurship” as a legitimate and growing field of research.

Osberg has also written about social entrepreneurship for Harvard Business Review,[8] Rotman magazine,[9] Financial Times CNN,[10] and others. She has been interviewed in Forbes,[11] The Huffington Post,[12] Bloomberg Television,[13] and more. She has given keynote addresses and lectures at Santa Clara University,[14] Stanford University,[15] the Global Social Benefit Incubator,[16] and the USC Price School of Public Policy.[17]


  • Skoll Foundation board of directors[18]
  • Skoll Global Threats Fund, board of directors[19]
  • Oracle Education Foundation, board of directors[20]
  • The Elders, Advisor[21]
  • Social Progress Imperative, Founding Board Member[22]
  • Partners for Sustainable Development, board of directors[23]



  1. ^ Skoll Foundation website
  2. ^ Children's Discovery Museum celebrates 25th anniversary, plans outdoor expansion – Mercury News
  3. ^ Skoll | Skoll Awardees
  4. ^ Skoll | Sally Osberg
  5. ^ "Sally Osberg". New America. Retrieved 2019-08-16.
  6. ^ Getting Beyond Better: How Social Entrepreneurship Works: Roger L. Martin, Sally Osberg, Arianna Huffington: 9781633690684: Books
  7. ^ Social Entrepreneurship: The Case for Definition | Stanford Social Innovation Review
  8. ^ Osberg, Sally R.; Martin, Roger L. (May 2015). "Two Keys to Sustainable Social Enterprise". Harvard Business Review.
  9. ^ "Moving the World Forward: The Quest for a New Equilibrium ^ ROT243".
  10. ^ Opinion: Social entrepreneurs, people who dare to change the world –
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  12. ^ Skoll | Social Entrepreneurs Driving Large-scale Change
  13. ^ Looking Beyond GDP as the Measure of Success – Bloomberg
  14. ^ Skoll | Social Entrepreneurs Driving Large-scale Change
  15. ^ VIP Speaker Series: Sally Osberg – YouTube
  16. ^ Sally Osberg on Twitter: "Outstanding Global Social Benefit Incubator #GSBI cohort shows how far #socent has come"
  17. ^ Skoll | Social Entrepreneurs Driving Large-scale Change
  18. ^ Skoll | Social Entrepreneurs Driving Large-scale Change
  19. ^ Board of Directors | Skoll Global Threats Fund
  20. ^ Oracle Education Foundation – Board and Staff
  21. ^ Advisory Council | The Elders
  22. ^ Our Story – What We Do | Social Progress Imperative
  23. ^ Board
  24. ^ Nonprofit Times
  25. ^ List of Silicon Valley John W Gardner Awardees
  26. ^ Skoll | Social Entrepreneurs Driving Large-scale Change