Archive for March, 2013

Twyla Tharp – Lifetime Achievement Award


Since graduating from Barnard College in 1963, Ms. Tharp has choreographed more than one hundred sixty works: one hundred twenty-nine dances, twelve television specials, five Hollywood movies, four full-length ballets, four Broadway shows and two figure skating routines.  She has also written three books.  She received one Tony Award, two Emmy Awards, nineteen honorary doctorates,… [See Full Post]

City of Manchester – Manchester Prize for Urban Innovation


The City of Manchester is the powerhouse of the north of England.  Home to 2.6 million people and more than 90,000 businesses, the city’s economy is valued at £48 billion – 40% of GVA for the entire north west of England. Key industry sectors include: financial and professional services, manufacturing, low carbon, creative, digital and… [See Full Post]

Norma Kamali


Norma Kamali is known for her innovative style and inventive approach to fashion.  She is known for directional, timeless concepts such as the sleeping bag coat, the high-heeled sneaker, clothing made from actual parachutes, influential swimwear, sweatshirt clothing as the forerunner of casual clothing and a collection of packable, wearable and multi-style clothing. Celebrities are… [See Full Post]

Rus Yusupov


Rus Yusupov is a digital product designer and entrepreneur based in New York City.  His passion for the arts is grounded in his education at LaGuardia Arts High School and the School of Visual Arts, from which he holds a BFA in Graphic Design.  As a designer, he’s always been passionate about the creative process,… [See Full Post]

Elise Andrew

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Elise is being honored for pushing social boundaries to reach a wider audience.  Her wildly successful yet slightly irreverently titled Facebook page, I Fucking Love Science has attracted a new audience of over 5 million young science lovers; her less irreverent mirror page, Science is Awesome, has attracted 300,000 users.  The use of culturally irreverent… [See Full Post]

Glenn Beck

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Glenn Beck, one of America’s leading multi-media personalities, is the founder and owner of TheBlaze, a 24/7 news, information and opinion network that is available on television and online. attracts 10 million unique visitors per month. Beck’s quick wit, candid opinions and engaging personality have made The Glenn Beck Program the third highest rated… [See Full Post]

Troy Carter


Renowned music manager Troy Carter is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Atom Factory, a pioneering entertainment and music management company. Carter has established the careers of numerous recording artists, including multi-platinum Grammy-Award winner Lady Gaga. Carter began his career in Philadelphia working for Will Smith and James Lassiter’s Overbrook Entertainment, and joined Bad Boy… [See Full Post]

Ben Kaufman

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Ben Kaufman is the 26-year-old founder and CEO of Quirky.  His entrepreneurial journey started during his senior year of high school with a second mortgage on his parent’s house and the founding of an iPod accessory company called mophie.  Shortly after mophie won “Best in Show” at MacWorld 2006, Ben discovered his passion for involving… [See Full Post]

Nicolas Berggruen


Nicolas Berggruen is the Chairman of Berggruen Holdings, a private company, which is the direct investment vehicle of The Nicolas Berggruen Charitable Foundation. He is also the Chairman of the Berggruen Institute on Governance.  Berggruen Holdings has operations, real estate and financial investments worldwide. The firm and related entities have made over 100 direct investments… [See Full Post]

Hamdi Ulukaya

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Dubbed “the Steve Jobs of yogurt” by Forbes, Hamdi Ulukaya built a $1 billion business in just five years.  Hamdi grew up in Turkey working his family’s sheep farm. In 1994 he moved to the U.S. and founded Chobani in 2005.  Today, Chobani is the No. 1 selling yogurt brand in America, and has grown… [See Full Post]

Peter Shapiro

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Independent music and film entrepreneur Peter Shapiro’s eclectic and wholly individual career path has led to acclaimed and ground-breaking projects like the IMAX concert films U23D and All Access, the annual Jammy Awards show, America’s Largest Earth Day event, and the Green Apple Festival. He is a founding partner of the inaugural Great GoogaMooga food and drink festival, founder… [See Full Post]

Garrett Camp

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Garrett is a serial entrepreneur and investor based in San Francisco. Garrett is Chairman & Co-founder of Uber, an on-demand car service available in 30 cities across North America and Europe. Garrett is also Chairman and Co-founder of StumbleUpon, a web discovery platform he grew to over 25 million registered users as its founding CEO…. [See Full Post]

Jack Andraka

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Jack Andraka is a 15-year-old Maryland high school student who has invented an inexpensive and sensitive dipstick-like sensor for the rapid and early detection of pancreatic, ovarian and lung cancers. He recently won the Gordon E. Moore top prize at Intel International Science and Engineering Fair as well as the Google Thinking Big Award for… [See Full Post]

GE Focus Forward


GE and cinelan have collaborated to create short films by renowned documentary filmmakers that highlight innovative people who are reshaping the world through act or invention. GE Focus Forward – Short Films Big Ideas have established a new platform for storytelling with a global reach.   Beth Comstock, Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President… [See Full Post]

Forbes Media


Forbes Media LLC, publisher of Forbes magazine and, is an authoritative source of news and information on business, investing, technology, entrepreneurship, leadership and affluent lifestyles., a leading business website, currently reaches 46 million monthly unique visitors, according to Omniture.  Forbes magazine, Forbes Asia and Forbes Europe attract a global audience of 5 million… [See Full Post]

The African Robotics Network (AFRON)


Since it launched May 2012, AFRON has 300 members from 25 countries including Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Algeria, South Africa, Egypt, Tanzania, Cameroon, and Ethiopia, as well as affiliated members from the US, Switzerland, UK, France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, and Argentina.  With guidance from an esteemed Advisory Board, AFRON’s first project was the “$10 Robot” International… [See Full Post]

Donald Katz

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Donald Katz is founder and CEO of Audible, Inc., the leading provider of premium digital spoken audio information and entertainment on the Internet. Prior to founding Audible, Katz was a journalist and author for twenty years; his work won a National Magazine Award, an Overseas Press Club Award, the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Nonfiction,… [See Full Post]

Henry Jackson Initiative


The Henry Jackson Initiative (HJI) is a bi-partisan, transatlantic movement of business leaders, senior policy makers and academics focused on promoting a more Inclusive Capitalism.  The HJI calls for international collaboration from businesses and other organizations to encourage the widest possible adoption of programs that improve capitalism as a driver of wellbeing for society. The… [See Full Post]

THINX – Radha and Miki Agrawal, Kym and Alexis McClay

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Miki Agrawal of WILD, Radha Agrawal of Super Sprowtz and Kym and Alexis McClay of NAVEN Accept the Joseph Lister Prize, Presented by Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, for THINX The latest undertaking of entrepreneurial twins Radha and Miki Agrawal is THINX, a sustainable way for the 2 billion women around the world… [See Full Post]

Kenzo Digital


Kenzo Digital is a director and artist based in New York City. His work is dedicated to synthesizing new narrative forms by unifying traditional storytelling with groundbreaking technology. Kenzo is best known for his collaborative work with Beyonce, including her video-driven 2011 Billboard Awards performance and the United Nations’ World Humanitarian Day 2012 project, “I… [See Full Post]

Deborah Kenny

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Deborah Kenny is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Harlem Village Academies, and is widely regarded as one of the most influential educational entrepreneurs in the country.  Under her leadership, HVA has become a national model for education reform.  Oprah Magazine named Kenny on its “Power List”, calling her a “visionary educator,” and Esquire… [See Full Post]

STEM to STEAM Initiative


STEAM represents the economic progress and breakthrough innovation that comes from adding art and design to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education and research: STEM + Art = STEAM. Access to ever-increasing data sets, complex scientific discovery, and always-on devices have left us oversaturated with information. The tools and methods of design offer new models… [See Full Post]

Urban Dictionary


“I started Urban Dictionary as a freshman at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. I started it because I felt like traditional dictionaries weren’t keeping up with changes in language – in contrast, Urban Dictionary receives a new definition every 30 seconds.  I started it to parody the authority of the traditional dictionary. A traditional dictionary… [See Full Post]


PSY- Thumbs UP

The recent online obsession over PSY’s video for “Gangnam Style” has turned the Korean artist into a global phenomenon.  “Gangnam Style,” a hit single about the ideal hip/trendy man and woman, has received over 28 million YouTube views so far and has grabbed the attention of Robbie Williams, T Pain, and Josh Groban, as well… [See Full Post]

Jose Antonio Vargas

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Jose Antonio Vargas is the founder of Define American, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to elevating and reframing the immigration conversation. A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Vargas, in a June 2012 cover story for TIME magazine titled “WE ARE AMERICANS* (*Just not legally),” popularized the term “undocumented Americans” in describing the country’s population of 11.5 million… [See Full Post]

Lifetime Achievement Award – Jack Dorsey

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A self-taught computer coder, Dorsey dropped out of New York University in 1999, and gravitated to tech. In 2006, with Ev Williams, Biz Stone and Noah Glass, he cofounded Twitter and was the company’s chief executive until 2008. At it’s start, Dorsey had built a simple site where users could instantly post short messages of 140 characters or… [See Full Post]

Lifetime Achievement Award – John Wood, Founder and Board Co-Chair of Room to Read

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Wood’s organization focuses on improving literacy and gender equality in education in the developing world. Since 2000, they have established over 13,500 libraries, 1,600 schools and distributed over 10 million books, impacting over 6 million children in the developing world. It all started with a case of job burnout. As an overworked Microsoft executive, John Wood escaped… [See Full Post]

Perry Chen and Yancey Strickler – Kickstarter


Perry Chen provided the original idea for the crowd-funding Web site Kickstarter. He then founded the company with Yancey Strickler and Charles Adler. Yancey Strickler is currently CEO. Yancey served as Kickstarter’s Head of Community and Head of Communications before becoming CEO. Prior to Kickstarter, he was a music journalist whose writing appeared in The… [See Full Post]

Dr. Pat Bath – Laserphaco


Born in Harlem, Dr. Patricia Bath became the first African American to complete a residency in ophthalmology in 1973. Bath worked hard on her intellectual pursuits and, at the age of 16, became one of only a few students to attend a cancer research workshop sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The program head, Dr. Robert… [See Full Post]


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Accepting on behalf of WintersGel are Kevin Carroll, MS, CP, FAAOP, Vice President of Prosthetics for Hanger Clinic & Dan Strzempka, CPO, Area Practice Manager for Hanger Clinic.   In December 2005, a three-month-old bottlenose dolphin found herself tangled in the ropes of a crab trap near Cape Canaveral, Florida. Fortunately, fisherman Jim Savage heard her… [See Full Post]