“There is an incredible opportunity to make a difference as a ‘Real Leader’ – now” Sir Richard Branson
Real Leaders is the world’s first sustainable business & leadership magazine. We aim to inspire better leaders for a better world; a world of far-sighted, sustainable leadership that helps find solutions to the problems that 7.5 billion people have created on a small planet. We want to ensure that the next generation of leaders, in all spheres of influence, are exposed to the best and brightest minds in the hope that they are inspired to find profitable business solutions that benefit humankind. Real Leaders advises and positions leaders to thrive in the new economy.
Mark Van Ness
Mark Van Ness is an active impact investor, advocate for gender-balanced leadership, and has founded several leadership networks promoting business as a force for good. He also founded SVN, a global commercial real estate firm, and served as CEO for 22 years. He is based in the USVI.
Julie Van Ness
A seasoned professional in the public relations and event marketing fields for over 20 years, Julie specializes in brand management, promotions and media relations. She is Founder and President of a non-profit that raises awareness around substance abuse with young people.
Grant has 25 years of media and publishing experience behind him and has launched new titles for clients in South Africa, UK and the US. He has developed communication and media strategies for top brands, including Laureus and the Parliament of South Africa. He is also a best-selling author.
Director of Digital Operations
Kevin Edwards is the Real Leaders Director of Digital Media and hosts the Real Leaders Podcast to help bridge the gap between generations and inspire listeners of all ages to find their career motive sooner. He brings the stories of entrepreneurs, business mavericks, and celebrities to life to inspire purposeful careers, launching the Real Leaders ShortCuts video series on YouTube.
Publishing Team Leader
As publishing team leader, Carla Kalogeridis helps guide and support the Real Leaders publishing activities in content strategy as well as marketing and advertising opportunities. Carla has over 25 years of experience in nonprofit and B2B publishing and is an award-winning writer and editor.
Digital Media Coordinator
As a graduate from the University of Arizona, Eller School of Business, Noah’s background is in marketing and management of social media for a variety of companies. He transcends this talent with Real Leaders by bringing inspiring stories to life, via digital media, plus elevating audience engagement and expansion. He’s a force on the basketball court and behind the keyboard!
Director of Strategic Alliances
An alumnus of Montana State University, Leah has more than a dozen years of sales and marketing experience. She has worked in several billion-dollar industries, including a Fortune 100 company. She is a published children’s book author and an environmental ambassador.
Content Engagement Coordinator
Madelyn is a graduate of the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication, where she obtained a minor in Multimedia from the School of Art and Design. She’s interested in the power of creative storytelling and strategic communication, with a passion for the environment, sustainability, food ethics, health & wellness, and social equality.
Content Engagement Coordinator
Amadea is a graduate of Chapman University, where she studied screenwriting and French. She strives to combine the two and create across cultures. She’s a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success where she gives back to her local community. Devoted to the power of authentic storytelling, she believes that writing is a powerful tool capable of inspiring change.
Currently serving as producer and video editor for Real Leaders, Tucker prides himself on telling meaningful stories through works of cinematic visual production. Working as a freelance videographer and photographer since 2012, Tucker is majoring in Arts, Media, and Entertainment communications at the University of Arizona.
After nearly a decade in natural/organic food and beauty, Marci recognized the “missing link” in the wellness equation, and in 1995, seized the opportunity to launch leading lifestyle brand Under the Canopy, to coin and trademark the term “ECOfashion.” She is an internationally recognized ECOlifestyle visionary, authority, innovator and educator.
For more than 30 years, Stedman has been writing books, teaching in colleges, working in communities, leading non-profits and speaking at workshops throughout the world. In all that time, he has come to know one thing: leadership is everything. The needs of the 21st century cannot be met by followers.
Laura Giadorou Koch
Principle CEO of Dolium Wines and a motivational speaker focused on social entrepreneurship. Laura believes in the power of business to solve the greatest problems facing humanity and inspires people and companies to be a force for good.
Simon is the founder of We First, the foremost brand leadership firm that provides strategic consulting and training to transform companies into purposeful social brands and position them for rapid growth, social impact and cultural leadership.
CEO of commercial real estate company SVN International. The company has been named one of the Most Innovative Brokerage Firms in North America and named in Inc. Magazine’s list of the Fastest Growing Private Companies in America. Kevin is committed to building gender equality into the core of his business.