The unconventional Jaeson Ma is a serial entrepreneur, hip-hop artist and venture capitalist in the media, entertainment and technology industry. Before launching his career in Hollywood, he was mentored by MC Hammer and served as a minister and a church planter.
Sofia de Meyer and Sofi Khwaja are two female entrepreneurs who have separately built successful businesses that positively impact people and the planet at every stage of its value chain.
Desh Deshpande is a serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist and philanthropist. Best known for founding Cascade Communications and Sycamore Networks, Desh is a pioneering figure in the early days of the Internet. Recognizing the wealth gap, he co-founded the Deshpande Foundation with his wife to create sustainable, scalable social and economic impact.
Barney Swan is an explorer, a gifted keynote speaker and the Founder of ClimateForce. Raised off-grid, he skied 1,000 kilometers over 65 days to the South Pole to launch the ClimateForce challenge, a collaborative mission to clean up 360 million tons of CO2 before the year 2025.
Zainab Salbi is a celebrated Iraqi-American women’s rights activist, award-winning humanitarian, social entrepreneur, and one of People Magazine’s 25 Women Changing the World.
Meagan Fallone is the Founder of Step Up Advisors and Entrepreneur-In-Residence and Director of Climate Justice at CARE, as well as the former CEO and now Board Member of Barefoot College International, which she tripled in size and scaled to 93 countries over a decade.
Ahmad Joudeh is a dancer and choreographer who overcame immense obstacles. Born and raised in Syria as a stateless refugee, his life story is a true testament to the power of art and the human spirit.
A former hedge fund trader, Bill left a financially rewarding job to pursue a more meaningful venture with positive societal impact, even when no one in the industry saw the market potential.
The Venerable Monk Burin is a Thai Buddhist Monk and the Executive Director of The Middle Way Meditation Institute, a New York-based global non-profit educational organization that converges timeless wisdom and evidence-based science to tackle key problems facing humanity.
Professor Elaine Pagels is a historian of religion at Princeton University and a Trustee of the Aspen Institute, who dedicated her life to researching the Gnostic Gospels, also known as the Nag Hammadi Library. These ancients texts were unearthed in Upper Egypt in 1945 and are believed to be the secret teachings of Jesus.
An entrepreneur at heart, Jennifer is also a curious explorer of spirituality, self-discovery and human transformation, and believes that the meaning of life is to constantly improve yourself.
Sara is an entrepreneur, a renowned international etiquette expert and star of her Emmy-nominated reality makeover show on Netflix, “Mind Your Manners”.
Sarah Cameron Sunde is an interdisciplinary artist working at the intersection of visual art and climate activism. Best known for masterminding 36.5 / A Durational Performance with the Sea, she works with scale and duration to explore the profound connections between humans and the natural world.
Coach Leighroy is an elite athlete, a tech founder and a startup coach helping founders build a more efficient path to growth and reach scale-up before running out of steam.
Tom Szaky is the Founder and CEO of TerraCycle, a leader in sustainability solutions that creates and operates platforms in recycling and reuse. He dropped out of Princeton at age 19 to pursue his passion based on something that most of us overlook - garbage.
Tristan Lecomte is a serial social entrepreneur, a pioneer in the fields of supply chain sustainability and climate change, and a public figure in the environmental space. Founder of Alter Eco, PUR Projet, Second Life and IPI, he has been recognized by TIME Magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.
After a successful investing career at Goldman Sachs and PIMCO, at the age of 42, Masha Gordon embarked on an extraordinary journey to become the fastest woman to complete the Explorer's Grand Slam, an endurance challenge that entails ascending to the highest peak in each continent and skiing the last degree on both the North and South Pole.
Amit is a serial entrepreneur and a turnaround expert with over 30 years of remarkable experience in biotech. From founding Kythera Biopharmaceuticals (sold to Allergan for $2.1 billion) and successfully turning around Arena Pharmaceuticals (acquired by Pfizer for $6.7 billion), Amit truly knows what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur in this industry.
Claudia is a social entrepreneur, an advocate, a catalyst for social change, and one of People Magazine's 25 Most Powerful Latinas. She is also the Founder of We Are All Human Foundation, a New York-based non-profit dedicated to advancing diversity, inclusion, and equity. Claudia has been in the driving seat of successful global campaigns, such as launching the Sustainable Development Goals by the United Nations.
Mike is a creative writer, a producer and a serial entrepreneur in the lifestyle and entertainment industry. Trained as a civil engineer, Mike never gave up pursuing his dreams on the journey of self-discovery and limitless creativity. He is the Founder of Planet X, a multimedia production and product marketing agency, as well as the screenwriter and co-producer of a romantic comedy, Asian Persuasion.
Max is a public artist, a social entrepreneur, and a humanitarian whose work ranges across seven continents, from community building in refugee camps, abuse and addiction support, to resilience building and conflict resolution. He is the Co-Founder of Artolution and recipient of the International Crisis Award from UNICEF and the World of Children in 2018.
At the age of 43, Gabi Schenkel became the first Swiss woman to row solo across the Atlantic, a trip which took her 75 days and over 5,000 km, making her the 17th woman in the world to ever finish an ocean crossing alone. Known as the "Swiss Ultra Princess", Gabi had never rowed until a year before her departure. Her book, "Solo auf See", details her borderline experience at sea.
Nicole Schwab is an author and a social entrepreneur dedicating her work to the planet. She founded EDGE Certified Foundation with a vision to create equal opportunities in the workplace. Her award-winning novel, The Heart of the Labyrinth, is a spiritual parable offering a message of earth-centered wisdom.
Nathan J. Anderson is the CEO of ScanTrust, an enterprise software scale-up that he founded in early 2014. After playing NCAA basketball and making a living from poker, the Vermont native joined a Chinese company as the only foreign employee and successfully took it public on the NASDAQ in his early twenties.
Heather Ibrahim Leathers is a Nobel Peace Prize nominee and a successful social entrepreneur. After over a decade on Wall Street, she founded the Global Fund for Widows, the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to economically empowering widows.