Discussing Impact Investing with Liesel Pritzker Simmons

I spoke with Liesel Pritzker Simmons of Blue Haven Initiative, where she oversees an impact investing portfolio structured to generate financial returns and address social and environmental challenges. The portfolio spans asset classes, from traditional equities and private equity to philanthropic programs. A longtime advocate for informed, conscientious investing, Liesel co-founded Blue Haven, a single-family […]

‘Sesame Street’ Unveils Rohingya Muppets to Help Refugee Children

Children’s TV show “Sesame Street” has unveiled its first Rohingya Muppets to help thousands of refugee children overcome trauma and tackle the pandemic’s impact in the world’s largest refugee settlement in Bangladesh. Six-year-old twins, Noor and Aziz Yasmin, will feature alongside the show’s famous characters like Elmo and Louie in educational videos in Rohingya language […]

With Bike Chains and Car Parts, Afghan Girls Build Ventilators

With pliers in hand, a group of Afghan girls fashion make-do ventilators from car parts, bike chains and machine sensors, an imperfect solution to the country’s looming coronavirus crisis. The five teens, who live in Herat near the border with Iran, are part of the Afghan Girls Robotics Team: an initiative that teaches schoolgirls programming […]

Which Countries Shatter Glass Ceilings With Gender-Balanced Cabinets?

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden has pledged to appoint a diverse cabinet that “looks like America,” promising to bring more women into the top echelons of government. The incoming Democrat has named Avril Haines to be director of national intelligence and Janet Yellen as secretary of the Department of Treasury – both would be the first […]

‘The Knowledge Pledge’ To Match Experts With Scalable Social Impact Projects

The central goal behind “The Knowledge Pledge” is to have people pledge their knowledge. The new organization will curate teams of experts in different fields and connect them with critical social projects around the world to help scale their impact. Among “TKP’s” first efforts will be in tandem with United Nations World Food Programme through […]

Lost In the UK? Ask This Woman For Directions

With a career spanning over six decades, British graphic designer Margaret Calvert has helped shape the visual identity of the United Kingdom. Her work has defined roads, rail stations, and airports, and her work has given clear directions to locals and visitors alike since the 1960s. In October, the Design Museum in Kensington, West London […]

6 Images to Move Your World (Seeing is Believing)

People Make Culture (Culture Doesn’t Make People) In the ultimate act of female empowerment, pop phenomenon Lady Gaga (above) has put a ring on her finger to celebrate that we are all free to propose to anyone at any time. The Knight Finger ring was launched by online retailer Klarna, together with Swedish fashion activist […]

Save Restaurants, Feed Heroes. How Eating Can Revitalize Communities

PODCAST PEOPLE: A Summary From the Real Leaders Podcast “Let’s have a call to action. A call to service, so people want to help and make sacrifices for our country like we did to get out of the Depression, when we really depended on each other to pull ourselves up.” Joanna James is the director […]

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 […]

Why We Need the Leading Women of Tomorrow to Achieve Gender Equality

Today, women comprise 51% of the United States population but hold only 24% of the seats in Congress. The disproportionately low representation of the women’s perspective has inevitably had drastic implications on the protection of women’s rights and the direction of policy on issues including equal pay, domestic violence, and access to adequate reproductive health […]