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George Gabor Burt: Grab Your Slingshot: Curiosity, Imagination, and Innovation

Initial Years Entering the Business World Positioning "Slingshot" Re-Imagining Boundaries George Gabor Burt, Director at Blue Ocean Strategy, shares how innovation and an innate sense of curiosity pave way for success. Fun fact: for a brief moment, I was once the youngest person on Earth. If you think about it, this is true for everyone, but is most often overlooked. Yet, it is a very important thing to remember because it reminds us of our inner child and just how …

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The Story of Aditya Arora: The Youngest Padma Shri Nominee

The Love for Entrepreneurship Helping Others The Power of Education Sources of Happiness Aditya Arora, an Angel Investor, a Public Speaker, and the Youngest Padma Shri Nominee shares his journey towards youth leadership. “Ever since childhood, I had a drive to stand apart from others.” I always wanted to be an entrepreneur. Studying finance and investment in college further fuelled this passion. I started interning with Faad during my college days. My role included documenting people’s experiences and writing blogs …

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The Story of Frankie Picasso: Diversity of Thought and Resilience of Mind

About Frankie Picasso Her Story How It Started The Message Frankie Picasso, a SocialPreneur, Talk Show Host at The Good Radio Network, and an Advocate for Animal Rights among many other things, shares her journey to becoming the woman she is today. “They want you to be less so that they can feel more.” I have been a serial entrepreneur my whole life. Unlike me, my siblings knew precisely what they wanted to do at an early age. I was …

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Vern Hayden: Celebrating the Power of Women & Celebrating Inclusivity

Experiences Career as a Chairman Role of Men Vern's Inspiration Vern Hayden talks about how important it is to recognize and celebrate the abilities of women and how some of them have had a profound impact on his life. It has always been my belief that women possess a unique skill set, and men can learn a lot from that. Over the past six decades of my career, I have worked with many terrific, dedicated women who are very good at what …

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Pushing Boundaries and Owning Her Truth: Taynia Vakapuna

About Taynia Vakapuna Starting at Everspire “Have the courage to be disliked.” Despite what others might think, I have come to accept that there’s no harm and no foul when it comes to principles and pure intentions. I believe, it is our responsibility to ensure that those decisions are right for us, and that they genuinely support the well-being of our loved ones. Doing what is right is more important than being liked by every person that crosses my path. …

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Breaking Barriers to Build Her Own Legacy: Mary Sue Bissell

About Mary Sue Bissell Responsibilities At The US-Asia Institute “It is not the leaders that will necessarily impact your life, but the people.” As a young girl in a small village in South Dakota, I was blissfully oblivious to the worries of the outside world. My home, a small hamlet of mere 800 people, provided me with a true feeling of community and belonging. We owned a small family hotel where my grandmother took care of everything. She was my …

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4 Reasons Why Empathy Is the Key to Strong Leadership

Henry Ford once said, "If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person's point of view and see things from that person's angle as well as from your own." Ford was a revolutionary in many ways, but his empathetic leadership style was undoubtedly before its time. He was a "people person," well-known for the loyalty he inspired in his workforce and the high productivity that came as a result. While Ford's approach …

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Fiercely Gritty and Earnestly Courageous in the Face of Adversity: Adrika Goyal

About Adrika Goyal Choosing The Road Less Traveled “Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.” — Napoleon Hill Even though I am just 11 years old, I have realized that age is just a number. I do not count my short life on this earth in terms of accomplishments or achievements. Life is a long journey and so far, I am enjoying the ride. I made a conscious choice to devote my time towards the betterment of …

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From Small-Town Central Mexico to World Traveler; Breaking Barriers With Each Step: Martha Reyes

About Martha Reyes Adopting An Entrepreneurial Mindset "I took the road less travelled by, and that has made all the difference" - Robert Frost Growing up in a small town in Central Mexico, girls were encouraged to study Literature, Arts or Marketing. Having said that, in my mind, I was never confined by these social conventions and associated expectations. Determined to study science, I pursued Engineering for my undergraduate studies. I found myself in a class with 20 men and …

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