Author: Real Leaders

The Man Who Built a Jungle

The observance of the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty can be traced back to 17 October 1987. On that day, over a hundred thousand people gathered at the Trocadéro in Paris, where the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was signed in 1948, to honour the victims of extreme poverty, violence and hunger. They […]

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4 Amazing Destinations That Are Good For The Planet

Traveling responsibly means healthy, safe and sustainable. With this in mind we found 4 destinations that are both breathtaking and practicing responsible tourism. JORDAN  Keeping a 2,000-Year-Old City Alive.Petra Archaeological Park is an ancient city in the south of Jordan and one of the world’s largest and most complex archaeological sites. Nestled in rugged mountains […]

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Leaders of Hope: Greta Thunberg

There’s a sense of disbelief when you consider that Greta Thunberg was unknown less than two years ago. Within this short space of time, she has grown a global climate movement and is now broadening her activism to include children’s rights during the pandemic. She has been recognized and praised worldwide by heads of state […]

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Leaders of Hope: Bishop T.D. Jakes

In 2019, Bishop T.D. Jakes attended a Black Economic Alliance event in Martha’s Vineyard with top executives from Goldman Sachs and the Ford Foundation. It focused on issues affecting the Black community, including the digital divide, where he learned that the majority of future jobs would require a background in science, technology, engineering and mathematics […]

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The World is in Our Hands. How Will You Change it?

We are all born free and equal in dignity and rights. To increase global awareness of the first two articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the UN Human Rights Office has teamed up with LA-based The Krim Group and renowned photographer Justin Wu to relaunch the “World is in Our Hands” initiative in […]

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Between Grit and Grace: The Art of Being Formidable

“It’s okay to be kind and commanding,” says Sasha Shillcutt (above), CEO of Brave Enough, an organization that encourages women to live authentically and stop apologizing for their strength. Leading an organization with more than 10,000 women, Shillcutt’s mission is to share life lessons learned from falling down and getting back up again. I was […]

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Fearless Girl Confronts Bull, Then Moves To Wall Street

Fearless Girl is a bronze sculpture by artist Kristen Visbal, that was commissioned by State Street Global Advisors (SSGA), a large asset management company 2017, in anticipation of International Women’s Day that year. The statue shows a girl four foot high, and represents female empowerment. Symbolically, it stands across from the New York Stock Exchange […]

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Will Inhaling the Pollution From 5 Major Cities Change Your Mind?

A series of domes containing pollution from cities around the world was placed in the Norwegian city of Trondheim and London earlier this year as part of an investigation by psychologists to ascertain whether art can change people’s perception of climate change. The idea is the brainchild of British artist Michael Pinsky’s, who created the […]

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84-Year-Old Ocean Explorer: “The Best Companies Will be Those That Figure Out How Best To Use Our Natural Assets.”

The American marine biologist, explorer, author, and lecturer is one of the planets biggest advocates for the preservation of our oceans. Dr. Sylvia Earle should know the importance of this, as she’s still regularly exploring the depths at age 84. She has been a National Geographic explorer-in-residence since 1998 and was the first female chief […]

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Gifts That Inspire The Future

Choose a gift that supports the work of a nonprofit or a social enterprise. These gifts may look like many others you’ve seen, but each has a story that is changing lives for the better and taking the environment into consideration. OFFCUT SHOES Turning Negative Space into Positive Energy.In an effort to reduce its ecological imprint, Nike […]

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The Surprising Path to Becoming Impact’s Investment Bank

When the co-founders of Big Path Capital, Shawn Lesser and Michael Whelchel, decided to launch an investment bank in the teeth of the brutal 2008 financial crisis, their friends and families thought they had lost their minds. “My father was really concerned. He said, ‘Are you sure that’s a good idea?  It’s one thing to start a company in the best of times, but to start […]

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International Women’s Day: A look Into The Workplace Reality

International Women’s Day has had a long history, with women worldwide fighting for their rights — from as early as 1911. A lot has changed since then but much still remains to be done, especially in the workplace. Consumer survey company Piplsay conducted a nationwide survey to find out if workplaces have changed for the […]

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13 Amazing Teenagers Who Became Self-made Entrepreneurs

You’d assume a teenagers life is just studying, video games and hanging out with friends — but not for these teenage tycoons. We took a look at some of the world’s top entrepreneurs born in the 2000s. Thinking of starting a business? Feel like you need more experience? Meet the 13 children below who will […]

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Climate Leadership in Davos: What It Is, and How To Get It Done

Davos, Switzerland — At the World Economic Forum 2020, Jakob Trollbäck, the architect of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals framework, has unveiled a new initiative to foster Climate Leadership across corporate, investor, donor and NGO institutions. Trollbäck advances the core principles of opportunity in a published booklet released in Davos called The Climate Leadership Playbook, […]

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Martin Luther King: Celebrating a Right To Freedom

It’s been almost 52 years since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated. As people once again take to the streets to highlight social injustice and atrocities across the country and the world, we ask: is his dream still relevant today? Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee (U.S.), almost 52 years […]

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Famous Activist Portrait Re-enacted 45 Years Later

A re-enacted photographic portrait of Gloria Steinem and Dorothy Pitman Hughes in their iconic 1971 “raised fists” stance taken by St. Augustine photographer Daniel Bagan, has been added to the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery collection. It gives new life to the significance and power of their historic statement of equal rights for women and blacks.  More than 48 years since the original Dan […]

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Tutu and King: Two Kinds of Nonviolence

This article written by Charles Krauthammer originally appeared in his syndicated column on January 17, 1986, three days before the first national holiday honoring the birthday of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1987 Krauthammer won the Pulitzer prize for commentary and this was his winning entry: The accepted wisdom in South Africa, Lionel […]

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Agents Of Change Summit Special

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“Sustainability” is so last year. Here’s What’s New

This week, Real Leaders is at the Sustainable Brands New Metrics ’19 event in Philadelphia. We explored the growing range of tools and tricks needed to keep up with demand for next-level goals such as plastic-neutrality, 100% circularity and properly quantified social and product impacts. Here are the main trends you need to know. How are companies chipping […]

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Amazing Portraits: 7 Days of Garbage

Californian photographer Gregg Segal tells carefully constructed stories that have a story teller’s sense of theme, irony and a penchant for drama. His ongoing project, 7 Days Of Garbage, shows ordinary people with their seven days worth of waste. He shared his thinking on the project with us. The seeds for this project have been germinating […]

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MPOWERD Launches New Solar Bike Light

The solar light accessory company revealed its latest consumer product for eco-friendly bikers. MPOWERD CEO Seungah Jeong and Founder John Salzinger have launched their latest Luci light in an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for the first-ever modular Solar Bike Light. They are bringing clean energy to clean transportation. The Luci Bike Light is an innovative take […]

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You Can’t Spell Health Without Heal

What does it take to turn courageous ambition and bold dreams into reality? Perseverance and a will to forge ahead in the face of life’s inevitable obstacles are some solutions. In line with our mission to celebrate success and inspire others to persist in achieving their goals, we highlight Sylvia Feliciano, a global trailblazer changing […]

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Turning Passion into a Lifesaving Patent

Kim Highfield is a lifelong entrepreneur and founder of SportPort — a producer of women’s athletic apparel. After becoming aware of the potential dangers of cellphone radiation, she developed a patent for protective pockets in clothing that blocks electric and magnetic fields (EMF). Her technology recently went national and proves that intelligent design, paired with […]

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Ethiopian Prime Minister Wins Nobel Peace Prize 2019

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2019 to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali for his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in particular for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighboring Eritrea. The prize is also meant to recognise all the stakeholders […]

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Get Unstuck: 3 Easy Ways to Shake Off Setbacks

“It’s history. Why bother thinking about it?”  That’s the phrase a college wrestler named Sam turned into a mantra. Alongside strength training and perfecting his techniques in duck-unders and takedowns, Sam rehearses this phrase in the days and hours leading up to an important match. During a match, he doesn’t want any setbacks to linger […]

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The Global Climate Strike Demanding Action

On September 20, three days before the UN Climate Summit in NYC, young people and adults will strike all across the US and the world to demand transformative action be taken to address the climate crisis. To learn more, sign up to host a strike, or receive updates check out: strikewithus.org In the US, youth […]

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Greta Thunberg: “I Don’t Want Your Hope”

Can the wisdom of a 16-year-old inspire us to action around the climate crisis? In January this year, an unassuming 16-year-old Swedish girl, Greta Thunberg, stepped up to a podium before some of the world’s most powerful global leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Her soft voice began to stress the urgency […]

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Building Culture In A Startup

Why does your company exist? Building culture in a startup depends so much on leadership and identity. Be inspired by: 1.Simon Mainwaring, Founder/CEO of We First, “when you’re a startup you don’t have a line...

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Pivoting & Adapting

While unforeseen changes to business landscapes are giving entrepreneurs, firms, and investors headaches many have learned how to design their business to adapt.  Learn how to pivot from: 1. Dr. Lisa Kay Solomon who lectures...

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Starting Out of School vs. Waiting

If you’re reading this, chances are you have an idea and just quite don’t know what to do. You believe business should be used to improve society but how? Start here: 1. Sean Eikerman of RED Academy a Canadian tech...

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Failure

The #1 thing that doesn’t get talked about in entrepreneurship is failure. Understanding when you need to pivot and persevere through more difficult times is often the best experience one can acquire. Just ask: 1. Jay...

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Creating A Market Presence

Marketing can make or break a business in its early stages. In today’s day in age, there’s no reason your startup can’t get recognized. Listen to the entrepreneurs and marketing experts who have been there...

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Ethics & Responsible Business

What decisions will you make today will impact the environment or society? See conversations with: 1. Patagonia’s Vincent Stanley, reveals their business model came from how Patagonia stuck true to their mission 2....

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The Business Case for Sustainability

Can businesses step away from a transactional mindset and redefine its bottom-line? Some experts suggest a way to evaluate a companies performance is through its triple-bottom-line (TBL); incorporating people, planet, and profit...

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Family Business

According to Conway Center for Family Business, Family businesses are the backbone of the American economy, consisting of 64% of the gross domestic product (GDP), employing 62% of the workforce, and responsible for 78% of all...

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Great Companies Build Middle Leadership. Here’s Why

Great middle leaders motivate not only their team but others around them too. They do this by communicating purpose, thinking broadly to escape the organizational silos, and behave inclusively. Hiring for middle leadership is a smart strategy and motivates others. Great companies, however, deliberately build a culture of middle leaders. A company wins the hearts […]

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The Anti-CEO Playbook

Profit, money, shareholders: these are the priorities of most companies today. But at what cost? In an appeal to corporate leaders worldwide, Chobani founder Hamdi Ulukaya calls for an end to the business playbook of the past — and shares his vision for a new, “anti-CEO playbook” that prioritizes people over profits. “This is the […]

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Stedman Graham: Why I Care so Much About Leadership

For more than 30 years, I have been writing books, teaching in colleges, working in communities, leading non-profits and speaking at workshops throughout the world. In all that time, I have come to know one thing: leadership is everything. The needs of the 21st century cannot be met by followers. The world is changing at warp speed, […]

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About The Podcast Welcome to the Real Leaders Podcast, where today impacts tomorrow and leaders keep it real.  “The Real Leaders podcast goes along with the Real Leaders magazine and in this they talk about the things that...

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Akon Special Edition

The majority of people know Akon as the artist who ruled the early 2000’s hip-hop and R&B scene bringing us hit albums Trouble, Konvicted, and Freedom, but few are aware of his efforts to rebuild and restore the land...

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Akon: The Necessity of Financial Services

Financial services are important because they help us start businesses, create economic flow, and bring communities together by facilitating transactions with those around us. More meaningfully, they allow us to invest in a better future for ourselves and our families. Right now, there are over two billion people who do not have access to financial […]

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Oprah Winfrey: “I Don’t Believe in Failure”

Oprah Winfrey holds a fascinating role in American life, with a celebrity status that goes beyond entrepreneur, TV personality and wellness guru. Most will agree that she Is certainly inspirational. She shares her greatest lesson, her hopes for the future and what she would have done differently.   What is the greatest lesson you’ve learned […]

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Two Types of Leadership And How To Use Both

Conventional wisdom says there are two kinds of leaders. Transactional leaders solve immediate problems: they make expedient deals, please people and keep the enterprise moving. But they falter at complex problems where the solutions are uncertain and the parameters are murky. For that, you need strategic leaders: people who can transcend limits and achieve extraordinary […]

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Mythbuster: DJ’s Are Only About Hype

Alan Walker is a 21-year-old Norwegian DJ who made his big breakthrough with the song “Faded” in 2015, the video of which has already garnered more than 2.1 billion views on YouTube. In December 2018, he decided to turn his trademark image of hoodie and face mask to good use by launching a particle filter […]

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The Two-wheel Trend in Africa Turning Youth From Crime

It started with a chance encounter – stumbling across some second-hand BMX bikes from the U.S. in a shop in Nigeria. After throngs of young Nigerians watched some internet videos of their American counterparts performing tricks, a 1980s fad has spawned a burgeoning bike scene in the city’s capital, Lagos, that is helping to transcend […]

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My Journey Toward 100% Impact Investing

Eric Jacobsen, the serial entrepreneur and co-founder of private equity firm Dolphin Capital and impact investment platform Gratitude Railroad, spends his workdays at what he calls “the intersection of compassion and capitalism.” “We work to create financial returns by solving the world’s problems,” Jacobsen says of his two companies. “Capitalism is an organism that changes […]

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CEO Confidence in Growth Dips But It’s Not All Gloom

What a difference a year makes. Nearly 30% of business leaders believe that global economic growth will decline in the next 12 months, approximately six times the level of 5% last year – a record jump in pessimism.   This is one of the key findings of PwC’s 22nd annual survey of 1,300 plus CEOs […]

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8 Characteristics of Disruptive Leaders

“Disruptive leaders like Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk have transformed companies, industries and entire societies while generating incredible wealth for themselves, their investors, their employees, as well as millions of other people,” says business disruption author John Furth. Furth takes the lessons these and other great disruptors have learned and turns them into practical exercises, tools and techniques to help […]

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4 Key Elements to Transform Your Company Culture

Here’s a dismal statistic from a recent survey of executives: a full 25% noted that culture efforts initiated at their organization yielded no tangible results.   In any large or well-established organization, behaviors can become so entrenched that it’s nearly impossible to undo them. And stuck behaviors belie a stuck company culture.   We’ve all […]

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Mars Base Opens in The Gobi Desert

The Chinese C-Space Project recently unveiled its $61 million Mars Base in the Gobi Desert, leaving many curious about its objectives. The C-Space Project, where the C stands for Community, Culture and Creativity, is an education facility for Chinese teenagers, that will teach them about space exploration and living on Mars. The Mars Base allows visitors to understand […]

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The Real Leaders 100 Top Impact Companies 2019

Business can be a force for good and here’s the proof: 100 companies that are growing by doing good. The Real Leaders 100 Top Impact Companies, in collaboration with Big Path Capital and B Lab, is the first ranking of positive impact companies. The Awards rank the top companies applying capitalism for greater profit and […]

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Nasdaq Iceland Welcomes First Green Bond Issuer

Nasdaq Iceland has welcomed the City of Reykjavik as its first green bond issuer on the Exchange’s sustainable bond market. The bond was issued on 17 December and is sized at ISK 4.1 billion with a maturity of 30 years. Reykjavik intends to issue further bonds in the bond class in the coming years and […]

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Pakistan Bets on ‘Tree Tsunami’ to Revive Climate Action

Pakistan is showing fresh interest in tackling climate change under new leader Imran Khan, after a period of favoring coal. At this month’s U.N. climate talks in Poland, Pakistan promised to move away from coal investment and ensure climate-resilient growth. This was a departure from the previous government’s preference for fossil fuel energy, and in line with […]

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They Killed my Mother, This is How I fought Back

The life of a child in a refugee camp is hard. There are shortages everywhere, But the worst is growing up without a future. A Congolese child refugee learned that if you don’t risk anything, you risk even more. Seven-year-old Baruani Ndume was almost another silent statistic of the ongoing conflict in the Democratic Republic […]

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Rod Stewart Turns Into a Singing Turtle To Promote Clean Oceans

SodaStream International has unveiled a video campaign that focuses on the global damage caused by single-use plastic bottles. The video features a singing sea turtle calling on people to take responsibility and make the simple and meaningful life change of going reusable. The video acts as a metaphor for the green hills and blue oceans […]

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How to be an Effective Entrepreneurial Leader

An important aspect of entrepreneurship is leadership. Regardless of an entrepreneur’s role as the driving force of a company, they eventually need to incorporate others to help grow and drive their vision. Effective leadership is more than just providing motivation for employees to carry out the vision of the company; it also involves working on […]

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A View of Innovation – Smart Glass

Sometimes the opportunity for innovation is in plain sight. Have you ever considered how much is spent in real estate to feature picture-perfect views and install crystal-clear glass windows – only to have occupants miss those amazing views due to the heat and glare that also comes through? Window coverings are purchased at an additional […]

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