Gates Foundation CEO Talks Equal Opportunity In Schools

Sue Desmond-Hellmann, Chief Executive Officer of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation speaks at the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit at the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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Hear the broadcast interview with Sue Desmond-Hellmann.

It is graduation season, and undergraduates at Georgia State University received their diplomas Saturday. The commencement speaker was Sue Desmond-Hellmann, CEO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The organization focuses on global health and development and equity in education in the U.S.

Desmond-Hellmann, who is also the former chancellor of the University of California, San Francisco, recently sat down with WABE’s Martha Dalton at the Atlanta Grill. Their conversation begins with a summary of the foundation’s work in education.

Hear an extended version of the interview, including Desmond-Hellmann's response to criticism of the foundation and its long-term goals.

A note of disclosure: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is a NPR underwriter.