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Alexa Von Tobel is the founder and CEO of LearnVest.com, an independent personal finance website for women. Von Tobel came up with the idea for LearnVest in 2006 while a student at Harvard Business School when she realized and other women like her had never had any formal education about how to manage their personal finances. Read More


Sam Walton was the founder of Walmart. Though deceased, his legacy continues, as his company is now number one on the Fortune 500. His contribution to Northwest Arkansas initiated the extreme growth in the region. His family continues to make a difference by donating funding for the building of community recreation centers, such as the Walton Arts Center, Camp War Eagle, and Crystal Bridges. Read More


Barrett Ward, After being witness of the extreme poverty in Ethiopia and how desperation forced many young people to prostitution for work, Barrett Ward, founder and CEO of fashionABLE, decided to work against this issue. So at the end of 2010, Barrett launched fashionABLE as non-profit. This company gives the opportunity to many Ethiopian people to work by knitting scarves. They get paid for their work and the scarves are sold in the U.S. Read More


Tina Wells
founded the Buzz Marketing Group in 1996 to help companies capture the youth market’s tastes and attitudes. Her company utilizes social media and trendspotting and other research tools for clients like Nike, Steve Madden and MAC Cosmetics. Wells is also the author of Chasing Youth Culture and Getting It Right.

Tina Wells earned her B.A. in Communication Arts graduating with honors from Hood College in 2002. Currently a Wharton School of Business student for marketing management, Tina continues to create innovative marketing strategies for numerous clients within the beauty, entertainment, fashion, financial, and lifestyle sectors. Tina has worked with clients including: Maidenform, SonyBMG, PBS,P+G, Sesame Workshop, and American Eagle Outfitters. Tina’s long list of honors include Essence’s 40 Under 40 , Billboard’s 30 Under 30 , and Inc’s 30 Under 30, just to name a few. She is the author of the tween series Mackenzie Blue, published by HarperCollins Childrens Books, and the youth marketing handbook Chasing Youth Culture And Getting It Right, which will be published by Wiley in Spring 2011. Tina is also a celebrated blogger on The Huffington Post. She serves on the board of directors of the Philadelphia Orchestra Association, The Franklin Institute, and The South Jersey Food Bank. She resides in Southern New Jersey with her vast collection of shoes.


Adam Werbach , at age 23, was the youngest CEO of the Sierra Club, the most prestigious environmental organization in the United States. In 1998 left the Sierra Club and founded the environmental consulting firm, Act Now. Read More


Nick Woodman earned a degree in Visual Arts from the University of California, San Diego. After school he founded a marketing company called funBug but after it did not succeed, in 2002 at the age of 26, he decided to travel around the world surfing. While traveling the world, he used a 35mm camera attached to the palm of his hand by a rubber band to try and capture his surfing activities on film. He noticed that other amateur photographers like him had difficulties because they couldn’t get close enough to the action or were unable to purchase quality equipment at an affordable price. His trip was the inspiration to found GoPro. His solution was to develop a belt that attaches the camera to the body. He and his fiancé financed the business by selling necklaces they bought in Bali combined with $35,000 borrowed from his mother and $200,000 borrowed from his father. His desire for a camera system that could capture close up footage inspired the ‘GoPro’ name. The original cameras he developed were point-and-shoot 35mm film cameras, which mounted to the user’s wrist. The product has since evolved into a compact digital camera that supports WiFi, can be remotely controlled, has waterproof housing, records to a micro SD card, and is affordable to the average action sports enthusiast ($200-$400). In 2004, he made his first big sale when a Japanese company ordered 100 cameras at a sports show. Thereafter, sales doubled every year and in 2012, GoPro sold 2.3 million cameras. In December 2012, the Taiwanese contract manufacturer Foxconn purchased 8.88% of the company for 200 million dollars, which set the market value of the company at 2.25 billion dollars making Woodman, who owned the majority of the stock, a billionaire.  Read More


Muhammad Yunus is a Bangladeshi banker, economist and Nobel Peace Prize (2006) recipient. He previously was a professor of economics where he developed the concepts of microcredit and microfinance for the poor in India. Against the advice of banks and government, Yunus gave out ‘micro-loans’, and in 1983 formed the Grameen Bank, meaning ‘village bank’ founded on principles of trust and solidarity. Read More

 

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