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Bill Gates to Visit Harvey Mudd College and Pomona College on March 10

Bill Gates

Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft Corp. and co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will visit the Harvey Mudd College and Pomona College campuses on Thursday, March 10, 2011, and give a talk in Bridges Auditorium on the Pomona College campus, at 5 p.m.

In "A Conversation with Bill Gates," Gates will discuss a wide range of issues including global heath, international development, technology, energy, education and approaches to philanthropy.  He will also respond to questions from students and the wider college community.

The event is co-sponsored by the Harvey Mudd College Annenberg Speakers Series and the Pomona College Distinguished Speakers Series.

A limited number of seats are being held for media. A pool photographer will provide photographs by 9 p.m. on March 10. The program will also be streamed live on the web.

For more information or to reserve a seat for media, please contact Judy Augsburger at (909) 607-0713 or

Bill Gates is founder and former CEO of Microsoft. The tech visionary and business entrepreneur’s leadership made Microsoft a personal computing powerhouse.

In summer of 2008, Gates left his day-to-day role with Microsoft to focus on philanthropy. Maintaining that all lives have equal value no matter where they're being lived, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation donates to expand opportunity to the world’s most disadvantaged people. Collaborating with grantees and partners, the Foundation is focused on programs in global health and education, HIV/AIDS, libraries and agriculture research.

The Harvey Mudd College Annenberg Lecture Series, supported by The Walter and Leonore Annenberg Fund for Leadership Development, engages the Harvey Mudd College community in important thought and discussion about the role of leadership in the world.

The Pomona College Distinguished Speakers Series, now in its third year, was established with a generous gift from the Broe family. Inaugurated in 2009 by David Plouffe, campaign manager for Barack Obama’s presidential race, the series has also welcomed former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor (March 2010) and Van Jones, green jobs advocate and civil rights activist (January 2011).


Judy Augsburger

Senior Director of Advancement-Communications, Harvey Mudd College, (909) 607-0713

Cynthia Peters

Director, Media Relations,
Pomona College, (909) 621-8515