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Visionaries & Innovators

  • Sheila Ardalan

    Pioneer.

    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

    Scientist.

    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.

  • IN-Q

    Poet.

    Spoken Word Artist.

    Alchemist.

    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.

  • 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

    Photographer.

    Risk Taker.

    Activator.

    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.

  • 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.

  • Chad Pregracke

    Environmental Hero.

    Entrepreneur.

    Visionary.

    If you see a problem, fix it. If that problem grows, scale-up. If that solution creates a new problem, innovate. Meet CNN Hero of the Year and the founder of the world's only "environmental-strength" river clean-up organization.

  • Jill Salzman

    Serial Entrepreneur.

    Brand Accelerator.

    Multitasker.

    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.

  • Terry Virts

    Astronaut.

    Photographer.

    Entrepreneur.

    Commanding multi-national crews on the ISS for 200 days during a period of intense geopolitical tension on Earth showed Terry Virts that anything is possible with diplomacy, constant innovation, and a willingness to disrupt the status quo.

  • Shaesta Waiz

    Captain.

    Trailblazer.

    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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