Is TDIA Honoree and Fellow, Thomas Suarez About to Change the World?

From 3D Glasses to 3D Printing... Thomas and his dad Ralph Suarez in the audience at TDIA 2013.

By Craig Hatkoff The ORB 3D printer is intended to print 10x faster, has full modularity, a new coding language and, oh by the way, uses an open source architecture. Those who saw Thomas at our 2012 Awards when he was 12 might not be completely surprised that he has come up with all of this just […]

Deirdre Bolton — Anchor and Fox Business Host, “Risk And Reward”

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  Deirdre Bolton covers innovation & strategy on her show at Fox Business and focuses on how technology is changing every field. Bolton provides a daily look at global money flows into hedge fund strategies, private equity, venture capital, angel investing, real estate and natural resources. PayPal Co-Founders, Peter Thiel and Max Levchin, are examples of recent […]

Gayle Jennings-O’Byrne — Vice President of Global Philanthropy, JPMorgan Chase

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                                              Gayle Jennings-O’Byrne, Vice President in JPMorgan Chase Global Philanthropy, is responsible for leveraging the firm’s global reach, expertise, relationships and access to capital to help communities address economic and social challenges. By […]

Georgia Dienst — Head of Solve for X, Google


                            A truly global citizen, Georgia has lived, worked and traveled to over 76 countries and is hoping to have seen the entire world by the time she is 107. Passionate about entrepreneurship, social change and technology, she has built a career […]

Jitendra Kavathekar — Managing Director, Accenture Open Innovation

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Jitendra Kavathekar leads Accenture Open Innovation at Accenture Technology Labs, transforming technology innovation into business results for Global 2000 companies. As Managing Director for Open Innovation, Jitendra leads an entrepreneurial team that engages in ecosystems of innovation globally. The goal is to help Accenture bring broad yet highly innovative and cutting-edge solutions to its clients. […]

Alyse Nelson – President & CEO, Vital Voices Global Partnership


Alyse Nelson is president and chief executive officer of Vital Voices Global Partnership. A cofounder of Vital Voices, Alyse has worked for the organization for 17 years, serving as vice president and senior director of programs before assuming her current role in 2009. Alyse has worked with women leaders to develop training programs and international […]

Ellie Hirschhorn — former Chief Digital Officer, Simon & Schuster

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                                    Ellie Hirschhorn is an experienced media and technology leader possessing a combination of technical, business and creative skills and a track record of transforming, growing and scaling content businesses. She has built and led successful digital initiatives, […]

Mitch Cohen — Vice Chairman, PwC

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Mitch Cohen is vice chairman at PwC. During his thirty-four years at the firm, including more than twenty years as a partner, Cohen has held a variety of leadership roles in including being the leader of Strategy, Innovation, and Corporate Responsibility. Mitch has worked with numerous Fortune 500 clients during his tenure with the firm. He […]

Bob Roth — Executive Director, David Lynch Foundation


  Bob Roth is one of the most experienced meditation teachers in America. Over the past 40 years, Bob has taught Transcendental Meditation to many thousands of people and authored an authoritative book on the subject, fittingly entitled Transcendental Meditation, which has been translated into 20 languages. Bob currently serves as the Executive Director of the […]

Scott Harrison — Co-Founder and CEO, charity:water

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    Scott spent almost 10 years as a nightclub promoter in New York City before leaving to volunteer on a hospital ship off the coast of Liberia, West Africa as a volunteer photojournalist. Returning home to New York City two years later, he founded the non-profit organization charity: water in 2006. Turning his full […]

Aaron Holiday — Managing Entrepreneurial Officer, Cornell Tech

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Aaron Holiday is Cornell Tech’s first Managing Entrepreneurial Officer, where he is a part of a team pioneering the Studio Culture for the billion dollar tech campus. Aaron is also the co-founder of 645 Ventures, a Seed to Series A stage venture capital firm that applies a data-intensive approach to value creation and deal sourcing. […]

Dana Perino — Co-Host, Fox News’ “The Five”


Former White House press secretary Dana Perino is a co-host of “The Five” on the Fox News Channel. In 2014, “The Five” was the third most-watched program on all of cable news. She also appears as part of the political and election coverage teams on the Fox News Channel. Prior to this, Dana served for […]

Jack Hidary — Tech Entrepreneur and Co-Founder,

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Jack D. Hidary built his career as a tech entrepreneur and has been dedicated to public service in education, sustainable energy and economic growth. Jack co-founded and served as Chairman and CEO of EarthWeb/  (NYSE:DHX), the leading online job board for the IT sector. Jack serves on several boards including the Google X Labs advisory […]

Dr. Sheena Iyengar — Faculty Director, Lang Center for Entrepreneurship at Columbia Business School

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                        Sheena Iyengar joined the Columbia faculty in 1998 and is currently the Faculty Director of the Lang Center for Entrepreneurship at the Columbia Business School. Her core research focuses on the psychology of choice and decision-making, and her work has since turned to […]

Britt Morgan-Saks — Artist Services, Spotify


Britt Morgan-Saks leads artist and industry relationships for Spotify across North America. In this role, Britt serves as an advocate for the creative community within Spotify and is responsible for helping artists and their management understand how the new streaming music landscape can grow their careers. Additionally, Britt leads Spotify’s efforts to engage with talent for […]

Synchronicity: Red, Blue and the Great Debate

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By Craig Hatkoff Irwin Kula (“the literal rabbi”) and I are always seeking insights into and discussing polarization in America whether it be conversations with our friend Glenn Beck (Irwin has become a regular on Glenn’s show) or discussions about how population density, industrialization or agrarian geography (i.e., rice versus wheat) influence the politics of our world views. […]

Disruptor David Keyes on The Sony Hack

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This blog post is a re-post of an article written by “The Daily Beast” contributor David M. Keyes, one of our Disruptor Foundation Fellows. Originally published December 18th here. The Sony Hack and America’s Craven Capitulation To Terror By David Keyes If the noble experiment of American democracy is to mean anything, it is fidelity to the […]

Pakistan Attack: A Note from Mosharraf Zaidi, Disruptor Foundation Fellow


By Craig Hatkoff Earlier today, militants from the Pakistani Taliban attacked a school in Peshawar, Pakistan and killed 141 innocent and unarmed children, teachers, and school officials. I sent a message to Disruptor Foundation Fellow Mosharraf Zaidi,who is working on the Alif Ailaan campaign for education in Pakistan. This is the note that Mosharraf wrote back: Thinking of friends who are thinking […]

Google Constitute Launches in Arabic

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We are proud to promote the launch of Constitute in Arabic! Constitute was one of our 2014 Honorees this past year, and they continue to be expanding their innovative constitution digitization platform. The blog content below was originally posted on the Google Ideas Public Policy Blog by Brett Perlmutter (Special Projects Lead, Google Ideas) on Monday, December […]

Frank Migliorelli — Interaction Designer & Educator


Frank Migliorelli is an award-winning interaction designer and educator specializing in media-rich software and exhibit development. With a portfolio that includes children’s games and media, corporate websites, and media enhanced installations around the world, he has been a creative and innovative leader in interactive media design for a wide range of educational, institutional and corporate […]

Jon Levy — Founder, The Influencers

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Jon Levy is a behavior expert, consultant and keynote speaker best known for his work in the fields of Influence and Social Experience. By applying the latest in behavioral research ranging from neuroscience and psychology to economics and biology, Jon has worked with countless brands and companies to support their efforts in consumer engagement, customer […]

Pope Francis: CEO and Epic Innovator

Pope Francis has been nicknamed “the Cold Call Pope”; he often answers correspondences himself by phoning worshippers directly with no intermediaries as filters. (Photo: AP)

This post was originally published on the blog maintained since 2014 by Craig Hatkoff and Rabbi Irwin Kula, co-founders of the Disruptor Foundation. The Off White Papers began as a separate blog and now is routinely featured in Forbes’ Leadership section and others including Entrepreneurship and Technology. For more commentary, please follow @offwhites on Twitter.   By […]

Alan Cohen — Head of Lower School, Portledge School

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Alan is a seasoned educator having filled many roles: teacher and administrator for the New York City Department of Education, Network Leader providing support and supervision for principals in 32 New York City schools, principal of P.S. 69 in the Bronx, and for the past four years he has been Head of Lower School at […]

Billy DiMichele — VP, Creative Development, Scholastic Inc.

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In his more than 17 years at Scholastic, Billy has produced hundreds of the company’s multi-media events, and videos, and overseen a number of large-scale corporate creative initiatives including the newest brand position and reading initiative, Open a World of Possible, which launched in Fall 2014. As an event producer, his career highlights include, Harry […]

Carl Goodman — Executive Director, Museum of the Moving Image

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  Carl Goodman is Executive Director of Museum of the Moving Image. He has worked at the Museum for more than 20 years, having joined in 1989 as an educator. Prior to his appointment as Director in March 2011, Carl was the Museum’s Senior Deputy Director, overseeing all public programming, education, and collections initiatives, and […]

Greg Segal — Co-Founder, ORGANIZE

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Greg Segal is the co-founder of ORGANIZE, a non-profit leveraging technology, open-data, and behavioral economics to increase the number of organ donations in the US. ORGANIZE has been called by FastCompany “the non-profit to end the organ shortage”, named 35 Under 35 by INC Magazine and considered one of the top health tech companies of […]

Jenna Arnold — Co-Founder, ORGANIZE

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Jenna Arnold is the co-founder of ORGANIZE, a non-profit leveraging technology, open-data, and behavioral economics to increase the number of organ donations in the US. ORGANIZE has been called by FastCompany “the [one] to end the organ shortage”, and considered one of the top health tech companies of 2014 by O Magazine. She was recently named […]

Aaron ‘Wheelz’ Fotheringham — Wheelchair Motocross Athlete


Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham is a 23 year-old wheelchair moto-cross athlete from Las Vegas, Nevada. Aaron was born with Spina Bifida, a birth defect of the spinal cord, which resulted in him having no usage of his legs. He is the third of six children, all adopted. Aaron never let anything stop him. Even as a […]

Ilya Ponomarev — Social Democrat & Opposition Member, Russian Parliament

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Ilya Ponomarev has more than 20 years of prominent political stance, complemented with international operational and investment experience working in high technology industries with primary focus on IT and energy. Currently Ilya is an opposition member of Russian Parliament – State Duma, Social Democrat representing Novosibirsk – the capital of Siberia, and is chairing Innovations […]

Pittsburgh Education Blog Part 2: STEAM Learning

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We are thrilled to have two of our 2014 disruptors from honoree city Pittsburgh, PA — Cathy Lewis Long and Gregg Behr — continue with fantastic guest blog posts in their series on the evolving nature of education!    Left and Right Sides of the Brain Reunite through STEAM Learning By Gregg Behr, Linda Hippert, and Cathy […]