Matthew Manos

Called “crazy or genius” by Forbes, Matthew Manos is an author, educator, and entrepreneur. He is the Founder of verynice, a design strategy practice that gives half of its services away for free to nonprofit organizations. With clients including Apple, the American Heart Association, UNICEF, Disney, and Google, verynice’s work…

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Jacqueline von Edelberg

A unicorn with a brain. A deep-rooted Chicago connector and rainmaker. A pie-in-the sky, free thinking builder-type who gets sh*t done. Not easily pigeonholed: Jacqueline is a University of Chicago political science PhD/Fulbright professor turned social entrepreneur, who comes to challenges with an intellectual rigor, global perspective, and high-tolerance for…

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Marisa Sheff

While it is amazing for brands to give away products or donate a portion of their proceeds on behalf of their customer base, in founding Sock Footage, Marisa Sheff was hoping to take the same 1 to 1 model one step further. Having been involved in and volunteered at a…

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Misty Castañeda

Find a community of people to support you- people that you can laugh and cry with- and that will become champions for you- no matter what.   Misty Castañeda is a Mom, a Passionate “Do-Gooder” and Founder & Cultivator of Purpose at For Purpose Kids. As a Mom, she wanted…

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Tara DePorte

Effective entrepreneurs must know how to build a team, delegate and take a step back when necessary.   Tara DePorte founded the Human Impacts Institute in 2010, recognizing a need for creative approaches to sustainability and global coalition building. Before starting the Human Impacts Institute, Tara worked for nine years…

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Craig Kielburger

Knowing your why makes you a more productive entrepreneur. Ask yourself, ‘Why am I doing this, and how am I driving positive impact by doing it?’…companies with a strong sense of purpose are more successful and productive.   Craig Kielburger is a social entrepreneur and the co-founder of a family…

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Jerry Hildebrand

Pursue your dreams and aspirations, and then figure out how to make them a reality.   Jerry Hildebrand has a varied and extensive background in public service, international and domestic community development and microfinance. He currently works as the director of the Social Impact Lab at Lynn University in Boca…

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Katie Schmidt

Break up big visions into actionable steps…With the right management, an idea that seems vast and insurmountable can become totally achievable.   Katie Schmidt is the founder, owner, and lead designer of Passion Lilie, an ethical fashion company. Started in 2013, the brand is fair trade and has a social…

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Maryann Kerr

When you trust your intuition and feed your curiosity you open your soul to learning that will help you soar.   According to positive psychology researcher Michelle McQuaid, lost productivity at work, as a result of “bad bosses” costs the U.S. economy alone $360B a year. Maryann Kerr is on…

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Silas Nyembe

Know all the corners of the industry you operate in and be willing to learn from others. Silas Theophilus Busang Nyembe started engaging in the family business when he was 12 years of age working as an assistant at his aunt’s supermarket whereby he had to learn all the basics…

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Sitinee Sheffert

It’s okay to take on risks or challenges yourself beyond your limits. You will never know the full extent of your potential unless you do.   Sitinee Sheffert is a social entrepreneur, blogger and speaker with a passion for empowering kids to make a difference. She is the founder of…

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