Empowering Women

Lynsey Addario

Lynsey Addario

MacArthur Genius Grantee.
Pulitzer Prize-winner.

Why would anyone willingly plunge headfirst into the war-torn areas of Afghanistan, Darfur, or Libya? For this Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, the simple answer is also the title of her memoir: It’s What I Do.

Sheila Ardalan

Sheila Ardalan

Bridge Builder.
Rule Breaker.

The answer “No” is merely a rejection of the status quo and an opportunity to reinvent your world.  This is one of the many lessons that fleeing Iran as a young girl during the revolution taught Sheila.

Michael Davie

Documentary Filmmaker.

Born in Africa, raised in Australia, and based in Istanbul, Mick brings an authentic global perspective to his filmmaking and a burning desire to connect us.

Me Ra Koh


Find out why Oprah, Kelly & Ryan, and Disney can’t get enough of Me Ra Koh.  Through photos, stories and laughter, Me Ra pairs creativity with the guts to thrive despite failure and rejection, inspiring her audiences to achieve the impossible.

Marvi Lacar

Marvi Lacar

Community Builder.
Creative Director.

Marvi turned her journey through depression into 1in20, an online mental health initiative aimed at destigmatizing mental illness through creative storytelling. Lately, she's been celebrated for interpreting the world through the eyes of her two boys.

Jill Meyers

Aerospace Engineer.
USAF Veteran.
STEM Champion.

Whether managing AWACS for US, UK and NATO fleets, engineering solutions for Boeing, or developing comms systems for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter jet, Jill has always reached one hand back to light the path for young girls.

Jill Salzman

Brand Accelerator.

Moms are the original multitaskers, this is why former attorney and Brown grad, Jill Salzman decided to build her third company as an accelerator for this sleeping juggernaut of talent.

Shaesta Waiz

Afghan Refugee.

What if the first Afghan woman to earn a commercial pilot’s license would go on to break the world record as the youngest woman to fly solo around the world in a single-engine plane?  Meet National Air & Space Museum Trophy Winner.

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