The Future of Money
As the President and CEO of PayPal, Dan Schulman is at the forefront of our changing economy, and he is facing it head-on, leading a company that pushes the bounds of innovation and creativity. Under his leadership, PayPal joined the cryptocurrency marketplace as a platform for commerce. As an expert on the future of money and the power of a more inclusive financial services system, Schulman will share his unique insight on emerging global trends in currency, business, and technology.
How to Drive Purpose and Profit
For the last half-century, the prevailing industry dogma has been that there is no room for a social conscience in a corporate boardroom. Dan Schulman disagrees; he believes that purpose and profit can and must coexist in business. His record backs that up: As CEO of PayPal, Schulman has embraced this idea of stakeholder capitalism –– putting employees first and prioritizing their financial health through raising wages, increasing benefits, and issuing stock options. Schulman believes in the power of business to be a force for good and offers his insights on what it takes to create a more inclusive economy while making a profit.
Dan Schulman speaks on inclusive systems, social change in the financial space, and the future of money
DAN SCHULMAN draws from decades of experience as a values-driven business leader to discuss the importance of multi-stakeholder capitalism, driving social change in the financial services and technology industries and the future of money. As the President and CEO of PayPal, he uses his expertise to make financial services more inclusive and to empower the financial health of millions of people, communities, and businesses around the world. Dan puts his words into action by reimagining how people move and manage money, as well as how merchants and consumers interact, advocating for more inclusive system, including working to close the racial wealth gap for underserved communities by fighting economic inequality. He’s known as a CEO who puts employees first, takes risks and is not afraid of innovation and creativity. As an expert on the future of money, including the digital economy and what trends are shaping the future, Schulman advises businesses and organizations of the upcoming trends in finance and retail, and how companies can drive both profit and purpose.
Dan Schulman is focused on democratizing the global financial services system and improving the financial health of people, families, and businesses around the world. With extensive experience in payments, e-commerce and mobile technology, Dan is leading PayPal to empower people in their financial lives and reimagine how merchants can continually strengthen their businesses. Under Dan’s leadership, PayPal has been named as one of the top companies on JUST Capital and Forbes’ JUST 100 list, featuring “companies doing right by America.” PayPal has also been recognized as a Fortune Change the World company for its work to tackle the biggest challenges facing society today and named to Morning Consult's "Most Trusted Brands" list.
Dan’s leadership and impact have been recognized by several notable organizations. The New York Urban League presented Dan with the 2021 Frederick Douglass Award, in recognition of his commitment, dedication, and influence to advance the rights of generations of underserved Black Americans. In 2020, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights honored him with the Ripple of Hope Award, which recognizes those who have demonstrated a commitment to social change and a passion for equality, justice and basic human rights.
In 2019, Dan was recognized by Endeavor Global with the High-Impact Leader of the Year Award for his work to support entrepreneurs around the globe. He was also honored with the Financial Health Network’s inaugural Visionary Award in 2018 for his commitment to improving the financial lives of people around the world. Dan received the 2017 Brennan Legacy Award, established to honor the late Supreme Court justice and his career-long commitment to social justice and “common human dignity”. The Council for Economic Education named Dan as its 2017 Visionary for promoting economic and financial literacy to create a better-informed society. Rutgers University bestowed upon Dan an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree, and he also delivered the University’s 252nd anniversary commencement speech.
Dan has frequently been recognized by Fortune as one of the "Top 20 Businesspersons of the Year" and in 2021, named to Fortune's 50 World's Greatest Leaders list. He has also been named one of the top 100 Most Creative People by Fast Company and, in 2019, he was named one of Glassdoor's Top 50 CEOs. In addition, he has been recognized as one of the top 10 Most Innovative CEOs in Banking.
Dan previously served as Group President at American Express. Prior to joining American Express, Dan was President of the Prepaid Group at Sprint Nextel Corporation following its acquisition of Virgin Mobile USA, Inc., where he led the company as its founding CEO for eight years. Earlier in his career, Dan was President and CEO of Priceline Group, Inc., where he led the company through a period of rapid growth and expansion. He also spent 18 years at AT&T, where he held a series of positions, including President of the Consumer Markets Division.
Dan is actively involved in the World Economic Forum, as a member of the International Business Council, and the Board of Governors and Board of Stewards for the Future of Financial & Monetary Systems platform. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Business Roundtable. In addition, Dan is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and an International Advisory Council member of the Singapore Economic Development Board. Dan is a Director of Verizon Communications, Inc., and previously served as Non-Executive Chairman of NortonLifeLock (formerly Symantec Corporation). He also serves on the boards of The Economic Club of New York and Autism Speaks.
Dan earned a BA from Middlebury College and an MBA from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business. He is an avid mixed martial arts practitioner.