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Empowering Women

  • 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


    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 Zimbabwe, raised in Australia, and based in Istanbul and NY Michael brings a global perspective to documentary filmmaking. His work for Nat Geo has earned him some filmmaking's highest honors.

  • Me Ra Koh


    Risk Taker.


    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


    Community Builder.

    Visual Storyteller.

    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

    Serial Entrepreneur.

    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 untapped juggernaut of talent.

  • Shaesta Waiz



    Afghan Refugee.

    What if the first Afghan woman to earn a commercial pilot’s license went on to break the world record as the youngest woman to fly solo around the world in a single-engine plane? Meet the 2018 Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum Trophy Winner.

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