Alicea Joy Davis

Alicea Joy Davis

Alicea Joy Davis is a spoken word poet, author and artist who began writing poetry in her childhood and has been successfully creating work for over 25 years. Her mind shifting creativity inspires inner healing and racial reconciliation. The Detroit native has been named one of nine women making black…

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Afam Onyema

Afam Onyema

Afam Onyema was born in Chicago, IL in 1979. He graduated from Harvard University (cum laude) and Stanford Law School. While in law school, Afam co-founded the GEANCO Foundation. After graduating from law school in 2007, Afam declined multiple lucrative law firm offers in order to lead GEANCO full-time as…

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Wendy Yates

Wendy Yates

Wendy Yates is an entrepreneur and philanthropist dedicated to leading by example as she inspires her team and like-minded leaders to create a culture rooted in value. After dropping out of college to prematurely launch into the world of business, she experienced failure on many levels. From those failures she…

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Matthew Manos

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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