Saudi Arabia 2017
Shahd Attar is an advocate for women’s empowerment and career success in Saudi Arabia. As the co-founder of CellA—“Connection” in Arabic—Attar saw a need to systematically support the thousands of women with career aspirations who were entering the workforce in a segregated culture.
Jean Davis is president and CEO of MCNC, the technology nonprofit that builds, owns, and operates the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN).
Rosemary Howard has over 30 years’ experience in senior management with executive leadership positions in public and private sectors. She facilitates workshops with executives and general managers designed to deliver business outcomes and leadership development.
Dr. Pilvi Torsti is a CEO and Founder of a start-up organization, Helsinki International Schools (HEI Schools). HEI Schools offer an international preschool concept based on Finnish educational expertise and a Nordic approach to design in architecture, interior, learning materials and service.
Finney is the Founder and Managing Director of digitalundivided (DID), a social enterprise that finds, trains, and funds diverse women tech entrepreneurs. Founded in 2012, DID runs the highly successful BIG Innovation Center (BIG), home of the BIG accelerator program, a 16 week accelerator/incubator program for tech startups led by Black and Latina women.
Silvia Bacher is a journalist specializing in the intersections of culture and education and Founder and Director of the NGO Las Otras Voces, Comunicación para la democracia. (The Other Voices: Communication for Democracy).
At 26 years old, Carrie Rich raised two million dollars in two weeks to start the Global Good Fund (GGF), with the belief that investing in young leaders is the most effective vehicle for addressing society’s most complex social challenges. Four years later, GGF is a thriving leadership development enterprise built by and for social entrepreneurs that identifies high-potential leaders and accelerates their success.
"I value social justice, equal opportunities, and gender equity, which is really what’s behind everything happening in the Arab world and Arab Spring. If we, as leaders, don’t care, integrate, and mainstream these values in our day-to-day life and then professionally, they can’t be implemented on the ground, cascading,"