After founder and visionary Steve Jobs passed away, Tim Cook took the reins of Apple in 2011. As the CEO of one of the most powerful and influential companies in the world, Cook knows a thing or two about running a business. However in addition to his business acumen, Cook is an avid supporter of social issues, from making Apple more eco-friendlyto increasing workplace diversity. These are just some of the reasons why Cook was invited to give the 2015 commencement speech at George Washington University in addition to receiving an honorary doctorate for public service.
In a very open and rousing graduation speech, Cook relates his experiences of growing up in the segregated south, and how at a young age he had to differentiate between right and wrong. He shares how he got started at Apple, driving home the point that succeeding at work doesn’t mean having to compromise on your personal values. The 21-minute speech is chock full of sage advice and inspiration, and places a strong emphasis on the importance of integrating your values into your professional life.
Watch the full speech here: