Malala Yousafzai is a 15–year–old Pakistani school girl that has brought the attention of the world in support of her struggle to ensure the rights of girls and women in Pakistan are accessible when she survived a recently failed assassination attempt on her life by the Pakistani Taliban. Malala initially made world headlines under her pseudo blogger name “Gul Mukai” in which she wrote about the oppressive Taliban in her town of Swat denying girls the access to education and their banning girls from attending schools and, in many instances, destroying their schools completely with bulldozers.

Layne Beachley, AKA “Gidget”, holds the World record of seven times women’s ASP Surfing World Champion, six of them back to back titles; she is the founder of the charity, Aim For the Stars, Richest Women’s Surf Championship in the World event organizer, a motivational and public speaker, author, mentor, and high profile television personality who began her professional career as a surfer when she was just sixteen years old.

Canadian–born Paul Watson, the oldest of seven children, founded the interventionist group called the Sea Shepherd in 1977 after leaving the organization Greenpeace, which he also co-founded and served from 1969 to 1977. Paul’s career as an environmental protectionist began after he joined the Kindness Club, founded by Aida Flemming. Their first animal rights protectionist mission was confiscating and destroying leg hold traps used to catch beavers. They also were active in disrupting duck and deer hunters by distracting them when trying to shoot these animals.

Jim Carrey exploded onto movie screens around the world with his extreme facial expressions, impersonations, hyperactivity, clowning around routines, and his waxing and satirical improvisations of other famous Hollywood Actors.

Catherine Ryan Hyde is an award-winning novelist who authored 18 books that include “Don't Let Me Go,” “Jumpstart the World,” “Second Hand Heart,” and “When I Found You.” She is most known for her bestselling novel “Pay It Forward,” which has been translated into more than 20 different languages and sold across over 30 countries, receiving the ALA (American Library Association) Award from the Best Books for Young Adults in addition to her novel being adapted into a major Hollywood motion picture starring Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt and Haley Joel Osment, aptly entitled “Pay It Forward.”

Born in Iceland, Toby Tanser is a philanthropist, writer, and accomplished runner—with over 160 race victories around the world, including 42 New York Road Runners club races—coach, and race director. He is also the founder of Shoe4Africa, which he started as a professional runner after he attended running training camps in Kenya. After that, he sent back shoes to Kenyan athletes when he has returned to the US. Shoe4Africa started out with him as the only staff. His latest and greatest project is trying to build in Sahara Africa’s largest public children’s hospital.

Gloria Estefan born Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo García is a multi–Grammy Award-winning Cuban–American singer and songwriter. She is one of the most successful Latin music singers in the world. To date, her albums have sold over 90 million copies worldwide, leading to her being widely acknowledged as one of the top 100 worldwide bestselling music artists ever.

Michael Rubens Bloomberg is the founder of the multi-billion dollar company Bloomberg L.P. and the present Mayor of New York City. He is ranked as the 10th richest man in the United States and the 20th richest man in the world. However, he started as an ordinary guy who eked out a living and sustained himself in his college studies to earn a college degree.

Team Hoyt, the father and son triathlon and marathon tandem, inspired triathletes and marathon runners around the globe after they posted their video of completing the Hawaiian Ironman together. They have been profiled on 60 Minutes USA and Australia and competed in over 1000 marathon and triathlon international events over the last 30 years.

Less than thirty years ago, Nicholas Negroponte, the founder of One Laptop Per Child organization and initial investor of Wired Magazine, predicted that telephones will become wireless and the television will become wired. We could just imagine how bewildered people of the 1980s were upon hearing that “outrageous” statement. They might have thought of Nicholas then as delusional or, to be kinder, just gravely mistaken. It took only one event for his prediction to come true—the advent of technology.

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