Jim Berk, CEO, Participant

“Changing the world is a team sport.” Vision: To use entertainment to inform, inspire, spark and accelerate positive social change. Action: Uses film, television and digital entertainment to tell high quality, socially relevant and commercially viable stories. Invests in content distribution platforms that allow them to expand their reach. Creates social action campaigns to move content […]

Eduardo Balarezo, Founder, Lonesome George

 “The world is not ruined by the wickedness of the wicked, but by the weakness of the good.” – Napoleon Bonaparte Vision: A world where every individual has the courage and compassion to act and make a difference in their community. Action: Created an apparel brand to fund his vision, then established the Academy of Agents […]

Christine Lagarde, M.D. International Monetary Fund

 “The financial industry is a service industry. It should serve others before it serves itself.” Vision: Foreseeing global opportunities and challenges in a globalized world. Action: Oversees global growth and economic stability at the world’s most powerful financing institution on behalf of 188 member countries. She works with developing nations to achieve stability and reduce poverty, and […]

Dick Simon, Changemaker

“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow-mindedness.” – Mark Twain Vision: A world in which there is no “them” – the most dangerous four- letter word in the English language. Action: Leads delegations to countries that are understood only as adversaries and that are traditionally difficult to access to hear local perspectives and gain understanding […]

Maria Klawe, President, Harvey Mudd College

“If you want me to do something tell me it’s not allowed for girls and then I definitely, absolutely would do it, whatever it is.” Vision: To make science, technology, engineering and math accessible to diverse groups. Action: Klawe is closing the computer science (CS) gender gap and having stunning success in getting more women […]

Muhammad Yunus, Founder, Grameen Bank

“I believe that we can create a world without poverty because it is not the poor that create poverty.” Vision: To serve society’s most pressing needs by unlocking the potential of the world’s greatest entrepreneurs – the poor. Action: With a mission to interact, incubate and create, Yunus created the world’s first bank for the […]

Kathy Giusti, CEO, Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation

“The most important thing a leader can do is set a vision and don’t stray.” Vision: To change existing cancer research techniques to one of collaboration, not competition. Action: The medical research model has long been built upon a system of competition – funding (grants) and accolades. Diagnosed with multiple myeloma (cancer of the blood), […]

Nicholas Kristof, Human Rights Journalist, Author

“You don’t need to invade a place or install a new government to help bring about positive change.” Vision: To tell the world intimate tales of human courage and sacrifice that will inspire change for the better. Action: Giving a voice to the voiceless is what Kristof does best. The Pulitzer Prize-winner empowers audiences to understand the world […]

Angelina Jolie, Actress, humanitarian

“We cannot close ourselves off to information and ignore the fact that millions of people are out there suffering.” Vision: We all want justice and equality, a chance for a life with meaning. Action: Contacting the UN High Commissioner for Refugees was Jolie’s first step in using her celebrity status to visit “forgotten emergencies” around the […]

Kevin Maggiacomo, SVN

“Imagine how much better the world would be if we acquired talent from 100% of the population versus 50% (of just men).” Vision: For all businesses to operate within the framework of a mission and vision – tied to their core values, which include the betterment of humanity. Action: To positively affect gender balance across all […]