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Purpose & Passion

  • 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.

  • Thomas Crowther


    Trillion Tree Campaign Advisor.

    Problem Solver.

    Our natural ecosystems are the best technology we have to help cool the planet. This British scientist, in partnership with the World Economic Forum, has a plan we can all get behind.

  • 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.

  • Kevin Fedarko

    Adventure Writer.



    One of the top adventure/travel writers today, Kevin brings to life--in his books and the pages of National Geographic and Outside magazines--the wild places we share and the adventurers who find their solace in nature.

  • IN-Q


    Spoken Word Artist.


    One of Oprah’s Super Soul 100, US Grand Slam Poetry Champion and multi-platinum songwriter, IN-Q believes sharing your story can change the world.

  • Andy Katz




    Photography has taken Andy around the world multiple times, from the skeleton coasts of Namibia, through Eastern Europe and its ancient Jewish cultures, deep inside the most exclusive wineries in the world, and through the heart of Rock & Roll.

  • Jesse Katz

    Master Vintner.

    Cult Winery of the Year Founder.

    Forbes 30 Under 30.

    At 24, Jesse became America’s youngest lead winemaker. When a bottle of his wine, The Setting, went for a record $350,000 at the Napa Valley Wine Auction, the world took note. Today he makes magic at his own Aperture Cellars.

  • 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.

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