JIM MCKELVEY ON LADUE SCHOOLS
"Ladue taught me how to learn," says Jim McKelvey, LHWHS class of 1983 and an inventor, serial entrepreneur, pilot, artist and author. "It was at Ladue that I got the skills to acquire the knowledge I needed."
While best known for co-founding the mobile payments company Square, Jim is also a master glass artist and author, having written the world’s most widely read text on the subject, The Art of Fire. He is the founder of Third Degree Glass Factory, one of the nation’s main centers of glass blowing arts, and several other companies. His designs have been featured in both the Smithsonian and the Museum of Modern Art.
Jim's combination of entrepreneurship and creativity makes him an ideal fit for the Ladue Education Foundation's spring fundraiser on April 28, "Innovation Celebration." In a conversation with Ladue Horton Watkins High School teacher Hannah Behr, Jim will discuss his experience at Ladue Schools and the work he is doing to help bring innovation to St. Louis. (READ MORE…)