Commencement Speaker

Whitney Wolfe Herd, founder and CEO of Bumble

Whitney Wolfe Herd is a 2011 SMU graduate, a tech disruptor and the founder and CEO of Bumble Inc., the parent company that operates two of the most popular and highest-grossing dating apps in the world, Badoo and Bumble.

Launched in 2014 as the only dating platform where women make the first move, Bumble has been guided by Wolfe Herd through every step of its growth. The app launched a friend-finding feature in 2016 (Bumble BFF) and a professional networking feature (Bumble Bizz) in 2017, helping to facilitate empowered connections across all areas of life. In 2019, Wolfe Herd welcomed global investment giant Blackstone as Bumble’s new majority owner to grow Badoo and Bumble. Earlier this year, she became the youngest woman to take a company public. Prior to Bumble, Wolfe Herd co-founded Tinder, another dating app, where she served as vice president of marketing.

In 2018, Wolfe Herd was named one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. She has also been recognized in Forbes magazine’s 30 Under 30 list, the Bloomberg 50 and InStyle’s 50 Women Who Are Changing the World. She has also been featured on the covers of Fast Company, Forbes and Wired. Wolfe Herd currently serves on the board of directors of Imagine Entertainment, as well as the executive board at SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, from which she graduated with a degree in international studies.