This is a true story of survival, courage, guts and sheer determination. All in that order. All the necessary ingredients required to succeed as an entrepreneur. Her road to success is an inspiration to all of us.
Ping Fu – VP & Chief Entrepreneur Officer, 3D Systems Corporation
Honored as Inc. magazine’s 2005 Entrepreneur of the Year, Ping Fu describes herself as an artist and a scientist whose chosen expression is business. In 1997, Ping co-founded Geomagic, a 3D imaging software company, which was acquired by 3D Systems in February 2013. The 3D technologies they developed were created to fundamentally change the way products are designed and manufactured around the world. Used for everything from repairing vintage cars at Jay Leno’s garage to digitally recreating the Statue of Liberty, Geomagic software enables design and production of one-of-a-kind products and services at a cost less than that of mass production.
Before co-founding Geomagic, Ping Fu was program manager of visualization at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, where she was part of the team that initiated and managed the NCSA Mosaic software project that led to Netscape and Internet Explorer. She has 30 years of industry experience in database, networking, computer graphics, 3D imaging, and 3D printing.
Ping is actively involved in promoting entrepreneurship and women in mathematics and sciences. Since 2010, Ping has been serving on the NACIE (National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship) at the Department of Commerce and she is an active supporter of the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy. Her book Bend, Not Break is a New York Times Bestseller. She holds five U.S. and international patents.
Ping has received numerous awards for her leadership as an entrepreneur, including the Outstanding American by Choice award from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the Carolinas, the Women’s Leadership Exchange Compass Award and the Lifetime Achievement Award by Business Leader magazine. In addition, she was a guest of First Lady Michelle Obama for the President’s 2010 State of Union address. Ping was also one of delegates from the U.S. Department of State at APEC 2011 and contributed to the September 16, 2011, San Francisco Declaration.
Ping received a Master of Science in Computer Science from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a bachelor’s degree in computer science from University of California, San Diego.
Ping currently serves as Vice President and Chief Entrepreneur Officer of 3D Systems (NYSE: DDD)
MeiMei Fox – MeiMei Fox is the New York Times bestselling author, ghostwriter, and freelance editor of numerous memoirs and non-fiction health, wellness, spirituality, and psychology books, articles, and blogs. She has edited books by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Columbia professor Robert Thurman, was Expedition Writer for Alexandra Cousteau in 2009, and most recently wrote the bestseller Fortytude with Sarah Brokaw. She blogs weekly for The Huffington Post.
MeiMei graduated Phi Beta Kappa with honors and distinction from Stanford University. In addition to writing, she enjoys being a depth psychotherapy-trained life coach and certified yoga instructor. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Kiran. Her mantra is: Fear Less, Love More!