Nancy Lublin is an entrepreneur, business consultant and philanthropist who is most famous for founding Dress for Success, an organization that provides career development training and interview suits for aspiring young people; and currently being the chief executive officer of DoSomething.org, a non-profit organization that focuses on motivating young people to do their part and create change in their communities through participating in nationwide campaigns. Through Nancy’s leadership, DoSomething.org has grown into one of the largest charitable websites, and has been significant in creating change in various places.
Heidi Kuhn founded Roots of Peace in 1997 to help remove landmines in war-torn nations. Her organization has taken out 100,000 landmines from countries, such as Palestine, Israel, Afghanistan, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovena, Angola, and Cambodia. They have also transformed the lives of landmine victims by giving them a decent source of living. In Afghanistan, where they started work in 2003, Roots of Peace has helped 10,000 farmers who are now happily growing fruits on the once dreaded landmine zone.
Johnny Long, more popularly known over the Internet by his usernames “j0hnny” and “j0hnnyhax”, is a renowned computer hacker and security expert, author and public speaker. Johnny is most known for his background in “Google Hacking,” a term used for the process in which servers on the Internet that are vulnerable could be identified through ‘special’ Google searches. Throughout his career as a hacker, Johnny has been among the most respected hackers in the world, having contributed to a lot of the advancements in online security and other aspects.
Edward "Ned" Breslin lived in Africa long enough to see NGOs come and go. What he has learned seeing and experiencing lack of safe drinking water is that digging and putting up handpumps are not enough. Rather than taking it as the final stage of a project, organizations should start seeing it as only the culmination of transforming lives. In 2009, he became the CEO of Water For People and championed the creation of a mobile application called Field Level Operations Watch or FLOW. It enables remote monitoring of handpumps and water systems in Africa.
Ben Silbermann is a young entrepreneur and computer programmer most famous for being a co-founder of the website Pinterest, an online pin board that allows its users to upload images and other things and organize them to showcase the things that they are into, such as hobbies, events, interests and others. Since its launch, Pinterest now boasts over 20 million users worldwide, and is among the top 50 most viewed sites on the Alexa ranking, the most popular website ranking in the world.
Gina Harman is an entrepreneur, philanthropist and economist who has an extensive background in the area of management and microfinance. She is currently the president and chief executive officer of ACCION USA, a company that helps small businesses and micro entrepreneurs by providing them affordable business loans. Since its inception, ACCION USA has been able to support literally tens of thousands of small businesses by providing over 130 million dollars-worth of loans, thus becoming key to the growth of the small businesses which then led to the improvement of the communities where they make business in.
Luis Cruz is a young inventor, entrepreneur, and philanthropist most popular for inventing the Eyeboard, an innovative system of computer control designed for disabled people to allow them to control their computers simply through their sight. Through Eyeboard, a lot of physically disabled people now have the ability of keeping up and getting in touch with their families who are far away, a feat that has been deemed impossible before.
Tamer Shaaban is an American–born Egyptian independent filmmaker and director widely known for producing a video montage about the start of the Egyptian Revolution that brought the world into awareness on the frustrations of the Egyptian people with the government. He is also the founder of Mantis Films, an independent filmmaking company.
Jeff Bezos is the famous founder of the world’s largest online store, Amazon.com. A very talented and successful entrepreneur, Jeff is one of the pioneers of the e-commerce industry, and is also among the ones who played a key role in making the industry flourish, along with his own online retail store. Jeff’s amazing leadership and entrepreneurial skills are largely behind the growth of Amazon.com, which has not just grown to be the world’s largest, but has also become the model for Internet selling since its inception.
Salman ‘Sal’ Khan is a Bengali-born American entrepreneur and educator, and is most famous for establishing the Khan Academy, a free online based educational system and non-profit organization that has impacted the world’s teachers and students through its collection of over 4,000 video lessons on a wide range of topics, such as mathematics, history, medicine, astronomy, physics, biology, healthcare, chemistry, cosmology, economics, civics, arts, computers, and many others.