2016 has not been too kind to Elizabeth Holmes, the Steve-Jobs wannabe in charge of fraudulent Theranos. She has thus far been banned for 2 years from operating labs, removed from hosting fundraisers for Hillary and lost her entire net worth.
One area of Holmes’ life that has not been as prevalent in the MSM is how entrenched she was with the elite Democrats, including the Clinton Foundation and President Barack Obama. In fact, the President had nominated her to join a 9-person board to the Administration’s Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship in 2015. Other members included AOL CEO Steve Case, Airbnb founder Brian Chesky, Tory Burch and Stripe’s Patrick Collison.
When she first joined, Holmes said “Today I was honored and privileged to join President Barack Obama and Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker, for an event announcing the next class of their Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE) Initiative. As a new PAGE member, I will work to help develop the next generation of entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial impact around the world, with a special focus on women and healthcare. My PAGE initiative focuses on two central tenets core to my own life’s mission: empowering women in science, technology, mathematics and business, particularly healthcare, and working on breakthroughs in global health.”
As of this week, according to Fortune, Holmes resigned and both her name and photo were quietly removed from the Government website for the program. According to Theranos, “Elizabeth Holmes is proud to have the opportunity to serve on PAGE, contributing to the development of the next generation of female entrepreneurs… She is stepping down from the program to spend all her time focused on one thing, and that is Theranos and its needs, especially as the company focuses on sharing its technologies with the scientific community.”
With her track record, one must question if indeed she empowered women in business/healthcare and if she is really needed at Theranos.