Ai-jen Poo has been the director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) since 2010. She co-founded Domestic Workers United (DWU) in 2000 to mobilize domestic workers and educate them about their rights. Recognized as one of the most successful organizers of this generation, Ai-jen's work in the DWU has seen the passage of the legendary Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in 2010 that gave 200,000 domestic workers in New York City basic labor protection such as minimum wage, health benefits, and paid leaves. A 2012 TIME 100 laureate, Ai-jen keeps the cause of marginalized workers her focus.
Ferrari, Formula One and Fast Cars. Whenever we hear these words, it is inevitable for us to come across one of the most famous names in the racing world—Michael Schumacher. A legend in his own right, Michael has dominated the racing world during his career and established himself among the best in the sport. But what is it about Michael that made him the success that he is today? Let us take a look at the life of the legend of motorsport and see just how extraordinary someone ordinary like you and me can be.
Joyce Hilda Ntila Banda is the first female president of Malawi and the whole of South Africa. She endured 10 years living with an abusive husband. Unlike most Malawian women, Joyce braved to raise her three children by herself. Eventually, she became a successful businesswoman. The National Association of Business Women was founded to provide Malawians the capital they need to put up their own business in the hope of making them less dependent on their husbands. After nine years, she established the Joyce Banda Foundation to help impoverished children get proper education.
Anyone who has heard about tennis would most likely know Maria Sharapova, one of the most successful and best tennis players of all time. Currently ranked among the top three women tennis players in the world, Maria has an amazing career streak, winning more than a hundred tennis games since she started professionally. Not only that, she is the most successful and popular woman tennis player today, holding numerous endorsements and being featured in different genres of magazines. A true combination of beauty, brains, talent and attitude, Maria is a truly inspirational and extraordinary person.
Valens Ntamushobora is a young student and activist from Rwanda who is most known for founding the Let Us Stay Alive (LUSA) Program initiative, a project that focuses on giving opportunities for young girls who are in misery such as young mothers, out of school, and those living in the streets. A truly devoted individual, Valens has spent a great deal of his time and efforts to ensure two things: gender equality in the community and the welfare of young girls and poor women.
Kai-Fu Lee is the founder of Innovation Works, a business incubator based in China that aims to support information technology ventures by providing start-ups necessary funding, sufficient training, and bringing in to the team the right people to ensure profitability. Kai-Fu, who used to work for Apple, Silicon Graphics, Microsoft, and Google, aims to bring home innovation and stimulate IT entrepreneurs to develop cutting-edge technology. With five million followers in Weibo, China’s Twitter, Kai-Fu is one of the most followed netizens in a country where information is heavily censored and filtered.
There is probably no one in the world today who does not know the name Jackie Chan—currently the world’s most famous martial artist. As a director, producer, action choreographer, martial artist, comedian, singer, stunt performer and, most importantly, an actor, Jackie has stunned billions of movie goers worldwide with his martial arts and acrobatic movements, earning him a reputation for being a realistic action star. Since he started in his show business career, Jackie’s films have always been box office hits. Jackie is an international icon, and has worked with big stars from Hollywood and other parts of the world.
Eric Robert Greitens is the founder of The Mission Continues, a non-government organization that provides an avenue and encourages post-Afghanistan veterans to serve the community after being wounded in battle. He’s a celebrated philanthropist, author, speaker, and soldier. He went to Duke University as an Angier B. Duke scholar and to Oxford as a Rhodes and Truman scholar. From 2005 to 2006, Eric served as a White House fellow where he worked on a project called The Universities Rebuilding America Partnership. A renaissance man, he excels in photography, boxing, karate, and marathon.
Joaquim Benedito Barbosa Gomes, more popularly known as Joaquim Barbosa, is the first Afro-Brazilian Chief Justice of his country’s supreme court (Supremo Tribunal Federal or STF). But more than being the highest court’s first black president, Joaquim Barbosa is hailed as a national hero by his people because of his fearless stand regarding the biggest corruption case ever heard in the country—the Mensalao (or Big Monthly Allowance). Without inhibitions, he faced the Chief of Staff of former Brazilian President, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, and convicted him and his cohorts for using the people’s money for their personal gain.
Have you ever been enchanted by the sparkling and beautiful vampires or graceful shape shifters of the world of Forks? Or how about the never-ending love story of Edward Cullen and Bella Swan? These, among all other factors have caused millions of fans around the world to love the books of the Twilight Series, and the person behind this wonderful literary genius is Stephenie Meyer.