Real Leaders

Uniting Mission-Aligned Leaders

By Julie Van Ness Growing up, I used to hear the saying, “Choose your friends, choose your future,” and I often wonder what life would have been like if I had not followed that sage advice. I firmly believe that in today’s world — even more than ever — the same mindset has tremendous value […]

Female Iranian Motorcross Rider Challenges The Norm

Behnaz Shafiei is a 29-year-old Iranian motocross trailblazer who has been challenging gender norms since refusing to submit to an arranged marriage at age 16. She uses her sport to advance women’s rights – including the right for a woman to ride a motorbike on public streets in Iran, where it’s currently banned. Her vision […]

Kenny Chesney: My Lessons a Year After The Hurricanes

We asked American country music star and part-time U.S. Virgin Island resident, Kenny Chesney, what lessons he has learned one year after the hurricanes wreaked havoc across the Caribbean. If you like this, subscribe here for more stories that Inspire The Future. How many people can say they’ve lived through two category 5+ hurricanes within two weeks? […]

Case Study: Thailand Promotes Partnerships for a Sustainable World

By sharing its Sufficiency Economy Philosophy as a model, Thailand is helping other developing nations achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations, the final goal – revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development – may be the most compelling of all. Because the only way we can […]

It’s Business Unusual at The United Nations

At the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) Leaders Summit in New York last month it was clear that business has taken center stage in tackling the social problems we see around us. In the past, conversations like these would have focused on the role of civil society and government in meeting the SDGs. But in […]

Turning Global Goals Into Local Business

Marking 4 years since the launch of the SDGS, this years UN Global Compact Leaders Summit focused on empowering leaders to embed the Global Goals into the spirit and everyday practice of their businesses. CEO, Lise Kingo, called for deeper integration of all the goals and reminded the audience of the importance of the ‘5 […]

How First Ladies are Becoming Model Citizens

She enlisted style to fight for social causes and invited First Ladies from around to network with top luxury brands. Evie Evangelou has combined runway glamor with sustainable fashion and celebrity names. What do 55 impeccably dressed First Ladies from around the world have in common? Fashion, of course. When did you last see a shabbily-dressed First Lady? Each year, the […]

Why Gender Balanced Leadership is Good for Business

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Kevin Maggiacomo is a man on a mission to create gender-balanced leadership in all organizations worldwide by the year 2020. He will be the first to tell you, however, that this is not exclusively his mission or his initiative. He kicked off 50/50 by 2020, a grass roots, web-based movement which sprung out of a recent TEDx […]