John Judge: President & CEO, The Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC)


My NativeAdVert:

John Judge has been the president and CEO of the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC), America’s oldest outdoor recreation and conservation organization, since January of 2012. The Boston-headquartered AMC works from Maine to Virginia to get people active in the outdoors and in conversation stewardship.  (Boston Business Journal)

My Goal of the Day: Prepare for tomorrow’s Board of Director’s meeting.

My Thought of the Day: Gratitude for the health and wellness of my family and myself.

My Action of the Day:  Drafting our next ten-year organizational vision statement.

My Deed of the Day: Work to get people into the fun of the outdoors.

My Tip of the Day: Done is better than perfect.

A Day in My Life:

What do you love most about Your City?  I like the walkability of Boston.  I walk around the city every day and always appreciate the beauty around me.  I often take a ferry from Boston’s Charlestown neighborhood to Boston’s downtown, providing me with a beautiful panoramic view of the city.

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?  Omelet.

What are you doing at:

12:00 PM - Favorite Lunch spot/meal? Salad with chicken.

7:00 PM -  Reading to my 2 year old daughter.

11:00 PM -  Last emails of the day.

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?  OutdoorCity

What should everyone try at least once?  Hiking a mountain.  It’s an awesome experience.

Where do you enjoy getting lost?   Not really lost, but breaking away from all of the days’ challenges through a hike in New Hampshire or in a kayak in Maine.





Abigail Disney: CEO, Fork Films & Founder, Peace is Loud Charity


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Abigail E. Disney is a filmmaker, philanthropist, activist, and the Emmy-winning director of The Armor of Light. As CEO and president of Fork Films, the documentary production company behind the groundbreaking Pray the Devil Back to Hell and PBS series Women, War & Peace, Abigail is committed to stories that create dialogue across divides and move the needle on social change. She has executive produced and supported over 90 projects through Fork Films’ funding program. Additionally, Abigail is the founder and president of Peace is Loud, a nonprofit that uses media and live events to highlight stories of women stepping up for peace. Recently, Abigail co-founded Level Forward, a new entertainment model and enterprise in which profit and principle go hand in hand. The company, formed in partnership with Killer Content, builds on the legacy of making stories that matter, with a commitment to innovation, inclusion and impact.

My Goal of the Day: To try as hard as I can to leave the world better than i found it every single day.

My Thought of the Day: You can't do anything alone, so find partners.  At the same time, don't wait for others to start.  Get out there and lead.

My Action of the Day: Connecting.  Above all connecting.  

My Deed of the Day: Supporting other filmmakers.  I feel an intense responsibility to look after not only my own work, but to support the work of others who might not have the access and privilege that I have.  So I spend a lot of time doing as much as I can to help other filmmakers.

My Tip of the Day: I have never, ever regretted a decision I made that required either courage or generosity.  Everything might not always have worked as I'd have wished, but even when that happened, something good always ultimately resulted.  

My Pic of the Day: (any additional pic that expresses something special)

Jimmy Carter, 90+ years old, building a house for someone else.  Not asking for applause, not gaining anything from it whatsoever.  Just doing the right thing right up until the day he keels over.  That's my plan.  

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A Day in My Life:

What do you love most about Your City?  

I love that my city, New York, is a big bubbling stew of people and art and ideas and politics and business.  Everybody is either there, or has been there or wants to go there and when they get there everything speeds up.  New York is my non stop injection of adrenaline and joy.

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?

I am not a big fan of breakfast.  I usually eat it out of necessity.  Le pain Quotidien is right by my office and has great avocado toast which wards off hunger for hours.

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM – Oh my god is anyone really awake at 6???

10:00 AM - Hopefully I've finished my work out and most of the email that came in overnight and early in the morning.

12:00 PM - Favorite Lunch spot/meal?

Usually having lunch meeting and it changes locations all the time.  Big salad with some protein.

7:00 PM - If I'm lucky, I'm having dinner with one of my kids or a friend or my husband.  But more often I am somewhere I have to be.  Meeting, conference, airplane, fundraiser.

11:00 PM - Trying to unwind.  The problem with my addiction to adrenaline is the unwinding.  I usually read a novel or something till I fall asleep.  If I'm being dumb and compulsive, I'm on email again, trying to catch up on all that came in over the day.

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?  

I apologize that it is Diet Coke, but I try to keep it to one or two a day.  Beyond that it is sparkling water with a little bit of cranberry juice and lime.  If you put it in a martini glass you look like you are celebrating with a cosmo.

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?  

Twitter.  I don't know why I love Twitter. It kind of brings the worst out in people.  But I love the occasional snark.  My favorite account is @floridaman

What should everyone try at least once?

I am tempted to say scuba diving, but that's not very realistic for everyone.  I do think everyone should try to learn an instrument at some point in their lives.  I didn't take piano lessons until I was in my forties, but I learned so much about music, even if I'm a terrible piano player!!

Where do you enjoy getting lost?  

Two places.  Bookstores.  And cooking stores.




Kendis Paris: Executive Director & Co-Founder, Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT)


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Kendis Paris is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT), a nonprofit organization that educates, equips, empowers, and mobilizes members of the trucking and travel plaza industry to combat domestic sex trafficking. Paris has grown TAT to train over half a million truckers, bus drivers, and truck stop employees to be the eyes and ears of our nations roadways.  By partnering with industry and law enforcement, TAT is increasing trafficking reports, arrests, prosecutions, and victim rescues.  TAT’s network includes 50 state trucking associations, trade groups, the vast majority of large trucking companies and truck stops, the bus industry, and a range of state agencies, including DOTs, DMVs, DORs, DOLs, AGs, and law enforcement.  TAT uses a Motor Vehicle Enforcement Model developed in Iowa and now adopted in whole or in part by 40 states.  The model has increased arrests and rescues during interdiction stops.  In addition, Paris has worked with the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, the International Registration Plan, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, and other applicable agencies to train staff and key members, equip their locations with relevant materials for transportation stakeholders, and devise best practices in conjunction with their particular sphere of influence.  Co-winner of the Norma Hotaling Award for demand reduction, Kendis is also an Ashoka (a-show-ka) fellow, a global organization that identifies and invests in leading social entrepreneurs. She received her M.A. in Christian Studies from Denver Seminary, and her B.A. in Elementary Education from the University of Hawaii.

My Goal of the Day: To honor God and embrace each day as the gift that it is.

My Thought of the Day: I must share one of the best Andy Crouch quotes I’ve ever read in answer to this question ... “What is most needed in our time are Christians who are deeply serious about cultivating and creating but who wear that seriousness lightly—who are not desperately trying to change the world but who also wake up every morning eager to create.” 

My Action of the Day: Rally another member of the trucking industry to join our mobile army of transportation professionals fighting human trafficking.

My Deed of the Day: Remove an obstacle or streamline a process on behalf of the amazing women on the TAT Team.

My Tip of the Day: Go to Jazzercise ... it’s the most fun workout around!

My Pic of the Day:


A Day in My Life:

What do you love most about Your City?

I love the view of the mountains Denver provides. I travel a lot for work, so coming home to those peaks, and our fresh mountain air is a true blessing.

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?

Devil’s Food in Washington Park makes the best two-egg scramble with caramelized onions and white cheddar I’ve ever had. Pair that with their roasted potatoes and homemade bread/jam and you are good to go.

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM – Just waking up.

10:00 AM – Pounding out emails, or taking a meeting.

12:00 PM - Favorite Lunch spot/meal?

One hash brown and veggie burger please, served up in my own kitchen ... perks of working from home.

7:00 PM -  Family time.

11:00 PM – Sleeping ... yay!

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?

I’m a water girl ... we need that constant hydration in the Mile High City.

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?

Marco Polo ... super fun way to communicate with friends and family.

What should everyone try at least once?

Go to a truck show ... you’ll never forget it.

Where do you enjoy getting lost?

French or Italian countryside.


Susan McPherson: Founder & CEO, McPherson Strategies


My NativeAdVert:

Susan McPherson is a serial connector, angel investor, and corporate responsibility expert. She is the founder and CEO of McPherson Strategies, a communications consultancy focusing on the intersection between brands and social impact, providing storytelling, partnership creation and visibility to corporations, NGOs and social enterprises. She’s a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review, Fast Company and Forbes and has 25+ years experience in marketing, public relations, and sustainability communications. She is a featured speaker at industry events including Net Impact, Inspirefest/Dublin, Center for Corporate Citizenship's Annual Summit, DLD, TOA Berlin, and Techonomy. Susan founded and hosts the bi-weekly #CSRChat on Twitter and is a regular guest on a variety of podcasts.

Currently, Susan invests in, and advises women-led technology start-ups, including News DeeplyHint WaterApoliticalArlo SkyeGoldBean and The Muse.  She serves on the boards of USA for UNHCRGirl RisingThe PVBLIC Foundation, and the Lower Eastside Girls Club, and previously served on the board of Bpeace. Additionally, she is a member of the MIT Solve Women and Technology Leadership Group and serves as an adviser to several nonprofits, including Girls Who Code, Ocean Collective, She’s The First, The Adventure Project, and The OpEd Project. Susan is a Vital Voices global corporate ambassador and was named as one of Fortune's 55 Most Influential Women on Twitter, 40 Women to Watch Over 40, Elle Magazine's Top 25 Women on Twitter and Fast Company's 25 Smartest Women of Twitter.  @susanmcp1

My Goal of the Day:  To be a better human being than I was the day before and to always be grateful for everything I have. 

My Thought of the Day:  Even though we are living in challenging times, it’s important to keep pushing forward with positive spirit and forward-looking attitude. This is NOT the time to throw in the towel.

My Action of the Day:  Pick up the phone and call a long-lost friend or relative to say hello or handwrite a note to thank someone for a kind gesture.

My Deed of the Day:  Insure I have done one thing to showcase the wonderful work of another. Shine that light brilliantly for the world to see.

My Tip of the Day: It’s really going to be all right. Believe that in your heart.

My Pic of the Day (any additional pic that expresses something special):

 Photo Credit: Barry Sutton

Photo Credit: Barry Sutton

A Day in My Life:

What do you love most about Your City? 

New York City is like a foreign country plopped into the United States. In just one day, you can literally interact with individuals who have hailed from far and distant lands. I love that it all works. And yes, of course, there is racism and bigotry like in much of this complicated country, but in my experience, New Yorkers are far more tolerant, progressive, accepting and open. And given our close proximity to each other, you can actually talk to people and they’ll speak back to you!

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant? 

Nutritionists with scold me, but I typically do not eat breakfast. I will drink a strong coffee with lots of warmed skim milk (essentially a café au lait) to power me through the morning.  If I were to dine out for breakfast, there is nothing better than a leisurely nosh at Soho’s classic Balthazar. You just feel like you’ve been plopped in the middle of Paris. And a second, more casual choice would be Sullivan Street Bakery. The egg-sandwiches are the perfect comfort food. 

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM – Honestly, cuddling with my darling rescue pup, Phoebe while listening to NPR.

10:00 AM – Could be any one of the following: answering the constant barrage of emails, tweeting, meeting with a client or working with a member of my team on any number of projects.

12:00 PM – Favorite Lunch spot/meal

The avocado toast at Gotan is hand’s down the BEST in all of New York City.

7:00 PM – One of three things:  Either, I am on the step mill at the YMCA (across from my apartment) which is the only machine that provides a similar workout to running 6-8 miles. I was a marathoner for years but due to foot injuries, those days are long gone.  Or, I am at an event, whether a book launch, a charity fundraiser, a client gathering or dining with friends. And last but not least, an occasional date with someone I have met on one of the plethora of dating apps!
11:00 PM – Responding to emails, planning out the next day, getting ready for bed and hopefully snuggling with Phoebe.

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)? So much water. Years ago when I lived with a Danish family in Copenhagen during college, my Danish “father” told me my insides were going to rust given the sheer amount of H2O I consumed.  And yes, I admit it, I am a Diet Coke fan but limit myself to a maximum of one per day. In the evening, I adore a glass of Spanish or Italian white wine.

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account? 

Email is naturally the most used. But I do have a fondness for Twitter, mainly to engage rather than push content out. Slack is becoming more and more important and, as I am single, I find myself perusing Bumble when on the Subway.  Favorite Instagram accounts would be one of the following:  @NewYorkerCartoons (often so hysterical), my sister, @Nespector for cutting edge art and @SarahSophieF, for her up to the minute political activism and lastly @NatGeo for nature at its best

What should everyone try at least once? 

Speak to someone who doesn’t share your views. 

Something that literally scares you silly. 

Fall in love.

Kiss a puppy on her tummy.

Where do you enjoy getting lost? I still love to get lost in the vastness of NYC. I’ve lived here for over 15 years, yet there is always some place new to discover. And also every time I am in a far away land.  

Eszter Harsányi: Co-Founder, MagikMe


My NativeAdVert:

Eszter Harsányi was an HR consultant, has been working for a multinational company for 12 years. Six month later her second son was born, she was told that her son suffers from epilepsy. Because of his condition she spent lot’s of time in hospital with him. This was not tolerated by her employer so she had to leave the organization. Due to her son’s condition (impossible to have a classic job) she needed to change her career path. She desired something which can help to improve the quality life of her son and also others could benefit from it. So she co-founded MagikMe and became a CEO of it.

My Goal of the Day: Creating inclusive educational system, giving the opportunity to more and more disabled kids to spend their educational years with their non-disabled peers, joining to same fun as their non-disabled peers. 

My Thought of the Day: Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn

My Action of the Day: Talking to 7 years old kids about the differences between Chanuka and Christmas (

My Deed of the Day:  Talk honestly about my story

My Tip of the Day: Be passionate

A Day in My Life:

What do you love most about Your City?

Budapest has several types of architectural buildings. I love to walk on streets where every building is more than hundred years old, and love to enter to a Bauhaus building. 

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?

The most important is a good coffee 

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM – Waking up my kids, helping them to be ready for school.

10:00 AM – Working-creating the board game for our training module.

12:00 PM - Favorite Lunch spot/meal? 

Asian food, tehre is one very good where I leave

7:00 PM -  I’m with my kids, reading stories, playing, spending quality time together

11:00 PM - sleeping

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?

Coffee 4 times a day

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?


What should everyone try at least once?

To stand up for human rights

Where do you enjoy getting lost? 

Lat time it happened to me was in Copenhagen in Christiania. I loved it.

Charmaine Smith: CEO, Innovative Technology Education Fund


My NativeAdVert:

Charmaine Smith moved to Saint Louis in 1987 from Wichita, Kansas to open a satellite office for the International Association of Machinists Center for Administering Rehabilitation and Employment Services (IAM CARES), a National social service agency.  In 2003, she left IAM CARES to start Discovering Options, a local non-profit dedicated to delivering high quality after school programs to at-risk children.  Charmaine believes, “We have an obligation to all children to provide them the access to the tools they will need to use in order to bring innovation to the way we work, play, learn and are transported in the future.”

Charmaine has served on the board of the Missouri Children’s Trust Fund since 2010. She joined Innovative Technology Education Fund on July 7, 2014 and is looking forward to advancing innovation in technology by funding school-based projects in the Greater Saint Louis Metropolitan area.

My Goal of the Day: To accomplish as much as possible and to thank those who help along the way. 

My Thought of the Day: Take the time to really see the people I encounter.

My Action of the Day: Created an agenda and talking points for a meeting, resolved an IT problem, participated in a conference call, and devised a procedure for a new policy. 

My Deed of the Day: Rolled down my window and said hello to the homeless gentleman who stands on the corner by my office. Chris is out there most days. If I have a few extra bucks or handwarmers or something to share with him, I will. 

My Tip of the Day: Stop and hold the door open for someone today. 

My Pic of the Day:

A Day in My Life:


What do you love most about Your City? Saint Louis has personality. Lafayette Square, the graffiti wall on the riverfront, parks and green spaces and plenty of good food. 

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant? Black Coffee with a shot of espresso—Kaldi’s Demun

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM – Feeding cats

10:00 AM – Returning Emails, tying up loose ends from day before, meeting with board, or committee members, communicating with innovators. 

12:00 PM - Favorite Lunch spot/meal? Nicoise Salad at Café Bistro- Nordstrom

7:00 PM – Catching up on social media, cleaning up after dinner, and finding a good book to wrap up the evening. 

11:00 PM – I am sleeping

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?

Coffee or Big Heart Tea: 3 - 4

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account? Facebook Audubon Society

What should everyone try at least once? Guarding a caterpillar through its Chrysalis stage to butterfly.  

Where do you enjoy getting lost? St. Louis Art Museum

Kate Grant: CEO, Fistula Foundation


My NativeAdVert:

Kate Grant joined the Fistula Foundation as its first Chief Executive in 2005. She led the expansion of the Foundation from supporting one hospital in one country, Ethiopia, to its current position as the global leader in fistula treatment, supporting treatment partners in more than 20 countries in Africa and Asia. Under her leadership, the Foundation has more than quintupled its revenue, enabling the Foundation to support more than 10 times the number of fistula treatment surgeries, while helping build new women’s hospitals in Kenya, Bangladesh, Congo and Tanzania. She’s formed partnerships with key leaders such as Johnson & Johnson, Astellas Pharma EMEA, The Life You Can Save founded by Professor Peter Singer, Direct Relief, Engender Health, and WAHA International. She’s led the Foundation to excellence – 13 consecutive four-star ratings from Charity Navigator, placing the Foundation in the top 1% of nonprofit organizations evaluated, earning a consistent “A” from Charity Watch, being named one of the top 50 charities in the U.S. by Consumer Reports, and enabling Fistula Foundation to earn more than 600 perfect 5 star ratings on GreatNonprofits. In recognition of these achievements, in 2014, Ms. Grant was named “Nonprofit Marketer of the Year” by the American Marketing Association and American Marketing Association Foundation.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Grant was engaged in advocating for a strong United States role in international cooperation. She served on the House Foreign Affairs Committee Staff and as the Special Assistant and Deputy Chief of Staff at USAID and as a consultant to USAID’s Mission in Tanzania, the Rockefeller Foundation, the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, and the Women’s Funding Network. Ms. Grant holds an MPA with a focus on International Development from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, where she was elected chair of the school’s Graduate student body. Prior to attending Princeton, she was an advertising executive at two large agencies: Leo Burnett in Chicago and FCB in San Francisco, managing campaigns for Fortune 500 companies such as Levi Strauss, McDonald’s, and Clorox. She graduated with honors from the Haas School of Business at the University of California-Berkeley. She also completed the Harvard Business School Executive Education Program in Nonprofit Management. Ms. Grant has served on several boards, including the Governing Board of Graduate Alumni of Princeton University. She regularly gives presentations about the Foundation’s work, having lectured twice at Princeton University and at Oxford University, for the 2015 Effective Altruism Global conference.

My Goal of the Day: To help someone on my team contribute more to our mission: ending the suffering caused by the childbirth injury obstetric fistula. 

My Thought of the Day: “Ideas are easy. Execution is everything.” – John Doer

My Action of the Day: It’s more of a mindset, really, and our whole team strives for it—to be efficient in everything that we do, and make sure that our supporters’ hard-earned donations help as many women as possible.

My Deed of the Day: Make sure I heartily thank at least on person who helps us help more women with obstetric fistula.

My Tip of the Day: “Done is better than perfect.” I put a lot of emphasis on getting stuff done—we’re in this work for the long haul, and the only way to accomplish anything is to keep moving.

My Pic of the Day

Last week, I received an email from our team in Mansa, Zambia. They just had a surprise visit from Rosemary, a fishmonger and mother of six. She had been carrying dried fish to the market, and noticed a new building in town with our logo on the front. She just had to go inside!

Six months ago, Rosemary received life-changing fistula repair surgery. Now healed, she stopped into our office to give a big “thank you” to the people who made her new life possible. This one made my day!


A Day in My Life

What do you love most about your city?

Our office is located in San Jose, California, and I love this city for its diversity—there are people here from all over the world. It is stimulating, interesting, and dynamic.

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?

I always enjoy the tofu scramble at my neighborhood Crepes Bistro—with a giant cup of strong coffee.

What are you doing at…

6:00am - Sleeping—it’s important to get a good night’s rest, so that every day I can be at the top of my game.

10:00am - Finishing my morning email correspondence, and heading into a meeting with my Deputy Director to set priorities for the day.

12:00pm - Usually eating lunch at my desk. If I have time, I enjoy taking short walks in the neighborhood with my rescue dog, Carly, who comes with me to the office every day.

7:00pm - Making dinner, and listening to a rebroadcasting of “Fresh Air” on NPR with Terry Gross. She offers perspectives that I wouldn’t otherwise hear—from jazz musicians to historians to athletes. Her insight is an ideal way to unplug from work and start winding down for the day.

11:00pm - Reading in bed. My favorite book this year was Hans Rosling’s “Factfulness,” which addresses common misconceptions about the ‘developing’ world. I think it should be required reading! I also loved Steven Pinker’s Enlightement Now: The case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress.  In these challenging times I appreciate rigorous fact based analysis like both Pinker’s and Rosling’s that demonstrate the state of the world is actually improving.

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many?)

I sip on sparkling water to keep me refreshed and alert.

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?

I like to keep an eye on what’s trending on Reddit, but I spend much more time reading the New York Times. I also make a point to read the perspectives from Fox News and the Wall Street Journal. In these divided times, I want to make sure that I’m gathering points of view that I might not otherwise hear in the San Francisco Bay Area.

What should everyone try at least once?

Everyone should travel to a low-income country, and make a point to step away from resorts and tourist areas. It puts into perspective the everyday things we take for granted.

Where do you enjoy getting lost?

In a city where I don’t live… unless I’m running to catch a flight!

Mark Van Lue, Executive Director, San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity


My NativeAdVert:

Mark Van Lue, Executive Director for San Gabriel Valley Habitat for Humanity, has 20 years of experience in the Habitat organization.  Mark started his Habitat career in 1999 as Construction Manager for Habitat for Humanity in South Bend, Indiana.  In 2006, he moved to Americus, Georgia to accept the position of Director of Construction and Environmental Resources at Habitat for Humanity International, where he provided global support and oversight to Habitat’s construction operations.  He also provided project management for Habitat’s disaster response team in the US Gulf Coast, and for high profile special event builds in the US and abroad.  In 2007, he joined Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles as Vice President of Construction and Real Estate, and later moved to Chief Operating Officer.  He has been in construction management and leadership roles for over 35 years. Raised in Indiana, Mark now lives with his wife, Laura, in Monrovia, California.  His two grown daughters are married, and he has five grandchildren. Mark has been honored with the Clarence Jordan award for developing the Cornerstone Training Program, a hands-on construction skills training course, and the Lester M. Wolfson award for non-fiction writing.  Mark has led Habitat build projects around the world, including India, Nepal, Viet Nam, Cambodia, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and others.

My Goal of the Day: First, do no harm.  Second, be an encouragement to others.

My Thought of the Day: Decent and affordable housing is a foundation on which to thrive.

My Action of the Day:  Complete at least two things from my to do list.

My Deed of the Day: Accommodating others’ schedules over my own preferences.

My Tip of the Day: Worry is interest paid on a debt you don’t yet owe.

My Pic of the Day:


A Day in My Life:

What do you love most about Your City?  Diversity . . . in culture, geography, ethnicity.  Los Angeles is an amazing place full of promise and possibility.  Where else can you snow ski in the morning, and walk barefoot on the beach in the afternoon!

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant? 

Corned beef hash and eggs.  I love a good sushi place!

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM – Rolling out of bed for another day.  At work by 7am.

10:00 AM – I’m either in a meeting, visiting one of our build sites or retail locations, or hunkered down in my office doing project work. 

12:00 PM - Favorite Lunch spot/meal?

Too often at my desk.  I enjoy running out to a local restaurant, usually Mexican, Thai, or a deli.  I tend to have many business meetings over lunch, which I dislike because I barely remember what I ate.

7:00 PM - Hopefully at home relaxing and giving treats to our cats.  2-3 days a week I am at evening meetings of some sort.

11:00 PM – Calling it a day. 

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)? 

2 cups of black coffee in the morning, sometimes a beer or glass of wine with dinner.

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account? 

Messenger and Safari.  I’m not on Instagram.

What should everyone try at least once? 

A Habitat for Humanity Global Village trip.  It is simply life-changing.

Where do you enjoy getting lost?

In really good music (I have a very eclectic collection), and at a local market in (insert any foreign country here).


Dune Ives: Executive Director, Lonely Whale


My NativeAdVert:

Dune Ives is the Executive Director of award-winning Lonely Whale, an incubator for courageous ideas that drive impactful, market-based change on behalf of our ocean. Ives designs and leads initiatives that address environmental degradation and species decline. Under Ives’ leadership, efforts by Lonely Whale to reduce ocean-bound plastic have earned recognition as one of Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas, Huffington Post’s Top Ten Movers and Shakers in Environmental Sustainability in 2017, the P4G 2018 Circular Economy Award sponsored by the Danish Government, the SEAL Awards in 2018, and highest honors from the Effy, Shorty, and ADDY Awards. Ives’ expertise in sustainability and environmental business issues across industries, coupled with a Ph.D. in Psychology, allow for her innovative yet practical approach to resolving challenges for our environment. Notably, Ives designed and oversaw Paul G. Allen’s Vulcan Philanthropy, co-founded The Green Sports Alliance and was chosen as one of four “Environmental Champions of 2017” by InsideHook. Ives’ contributions include global speaking engagements at conferences such as 6IMDC, GLOBE 2018, Plastics Recycling Conference, Washington Post LIVE, Milken Institute of Philanthropy Expert Convening and Dell Technologies World. Ives also served as a Plenary Speaker at the 2018 Our Ocean Conference in Bali, Indonesia. She’s been featured in Fast Company, NPR, CNN, CBS Sunday Morning, Grist, The Guardian, Al Jazeera, and Washington Post, to name a few.

My Goal of the Day: It’s a Thursday so my goal for today is to make sure everything is set for next week and all of my weekend playdates for my son are arranged.

My Thought of the Day: I really love where I live. Seattle in the fall is one of the most beautiful places on the planet and I’m grateful to be able to live in such a progressive city.

My Action of the Day: Two actions, really. First meditate so I can clear my head and get focused and second take my vitamins so I don’t get the cold my son has.

My Deed of the Day: Organize all of our winter coats we no longer need to donate to those who need them.

My Tip of the Day: Be open to others ideas and perspectives so that I can learn something new today.

My Pic of the Day: I love this warrior picture of my son, which really drives me to do what I do everyday.


A Day in My Life:

What do you love most about Your City?

What’s not to love about Seattle? I’m from Alaska originally so I don’t mind the rain or damp weather in the fall or winter because, well, it isn’t pitch dark. The fall foliage is incredible and I’m fortunate to see the Olympic mountains with their snow caps (thankfully) and able to hop on a passenger ferry to scoot across to the city and catch Mount Rainer in the distance as we go across the Puget Sound. The people are progressive and love the outdoors and everyone is just nice. It’s a great place to raise my son.

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?

Breakfast always includes coffee and an arugula salad with avocado and tomato. Favorite restaurant is the Easy Street Record Store on the corner of California and Alaska in my neighborhood, West Seattle. It has an insane vegan breakfast choice – The James Browns – and tons of grunge era memorabilia that takes me back to college.

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM – At 6am every day I am home I’m waking up next to my sweet 4.5 year old, Rye. He always jumps into bed with me and my husband and he’s too snuggly for me to rise any earlier. When I’m traveling I’m up and at ‘em and in the gym to get my day started – it’s the only thing that helps me recover from any jet lag followed next by coffee and a power work session to clear any emails that came in from Asia or the UK while I was sleeping.

10:00 AM – By 10am I am well into a serious run of work calls, emails and deliverables and sadly already finished with my second cup of coffee. On Thursdays we have a check in with our PR team at 10am to review media and speaking opportunities for our entire team, discuss progress on the latest pitch for our Ocean Heroes Bootcamp highlighting our recent grant recipients and discussing the plan for the rest of the year.

12:00 PM - Favorite Lunch spot/meal? 

My favorite lunch spot is my kitchen counter. I travel so much that when I’m home I’m hunkered down in my home office and lunch is whatever is left over from dinner the night before, which is always amazing because of my husband’s incredible gluten free and vegan cooking (I may live off of arugula salads and raw almonds if it weren’t for him). We’re really fortunate to have a kitchen with windows that look West to the Olympic mountains. Looking at them everyday reminds me of how fortunate we are to have the rain and how urgent our environmental crisis is – when there is snow on the mountain tops I feel slightly better and when there isn’t I’m using lunchtime to reflect on whether we are working hard and smart enough.

7:00 PM - 7pm is either bath time or swim lessons for my son. Either way he is in the water and my husband and I are taking a little bit of a breather from the day before getting our sweet boy into bed with an adventure story (his favorite).

11:00 PM - I usually fall asleep with my son around 8pm so by 11pm I’m well into my deep, deep sleep. My team at Lonely Whale is always saying that I never sleep. The truth is that I sleep a lot. Some nights I actually get 10 hours of sleep – it’s true. We work so hard during the day and it’s really important to keep both your mind and your body healthy so that you can be as productive and focused at work as you possibly can. Getting a full night sleep every night is a really important part of that equation.

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?

Coffee is critical to my morning routine and always has been. In fact, I can recall my grandparents always having the coffee pot on and full in their house! But no more than two cups or I’m talking at 300 mph, which isn’t good for anyone. Next is sparkling water and as much of it as I can remember to drink!

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?

Favorite IG account is of course @lonelywhale. Next is @passionpassport – their photos and stories are so incredible and I have a lot of travel destinations on my bucket list thanks to Passion Passport!

What should everyone try at least once?

Venice. Our daughter studied abroad in high school and we took a family weekend in Venice. We all loved getting lost on the cobble stone streets. Everywhere you turn there is something new and exciting to experience and learn about.


Nicole Forsyth: President & CEO, RedRover


My NativeAdVert:

Since 2006, Nicole Forsyth has been President and CEO of RedRover, a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that brings animals from crisis to care and strengthens the human-animal bond. To better reflect its work and expanding programs, she led the organization through a major re-branding effort in 2011, which successfully laid the ground work for current growth initiatives. RedRover now has a staff of 20 and a budget of $3.6 million, its largest to date.  The organization is focused on three main programs: RedRover Relief, RedRover Responders and RedRover Readers. RedRover believes pets are family, and RedRover Responders and RedRover Relief help people and animals in crisis -- whether facing a natural disaster, emergency veterinary expense or difficulty escaping a domestic violence situation -- and work to keep people with their pets during a crisis whenever possible. 

RedRover Readers works to further strengthen the human-animal bond by helping children, ages 5 - 11, develop the steps necessary for empathy. In 2007, Nicole created RedRover Readers and its curriculum that educators and volunteers are taught to implement in elementary schools throughout the United States and Canada. She later co-wrote and directed the development of ‘The Restricted Adventures of Raja,’ an interactive, bilingual digital book and game series as part of the program. In addition, she now serves as Editor for the Kind NewsTM magazine for kids, recently acquired from the Humane Society of the United States.  She holds a master of science degree in animal biology/welfare from the University of California, Davis. She also holds a master’s degree in Communication from the University of Maine and a bachelor’s degree in English and Education from the University of Colorado. 

My Goal of the Day: What’s the one thing I can do that will have the most extraordinary result?

My Thought of the Day: “No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.” Alfred North Whitehead

My Action of the Day: Energized a crowd of people around the idea that #petsarefamily

My Deed of the Day: Tell someone how much I appreciate them

My Tip of the Day: Read, read, read

My Pic of the Day:


A Day in My Life:

What do you love most about Your City? 

The trees and the free-roaming chickens!

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?

Orphan Breakfast House, Platas Verde 

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM – Still sleeping; I am not at my best unless I have a solid 8 hours of sleep.

10:00 AM - Focusing on the top priority for the day as circled in my black notebook or in a meeting with staff making a big mess of ideas on a whiteboard. 

12:00 PM - Favorite Lunch spot/meal?

The nutty taco at the Sunflower Drive-In in Fair Oaks on weekends; I rarely leave the office for lunch.

7:00 PM -  Irish dance class or climbing gym

11:00 PM - Asleep

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?

I love coffee, so every day starts with a cup of black coffee from beans I grind by hand, which I usually do while practicing Irish dance kicks!

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?

Spotify; Coffee with Smudge, an adorable rabbit who goes to coffee shops, and Little Miss Book Readers are two of my favorite Instagram accounts.

What should everyone try at least once?

Travel to a country where you don’t speak the language.

Where do you enjoy getting lost? 

Hiking in the mountains with my dog Jasper.

Rev. Steve Miller: Project Director & Founder, the HBCU Truth & Reconciliation Oral History Project & US-CLO


My NativeAdVert: Social Entrepreneur/Humanitarian

Rev. Steve Miller is Project Director and Founder of the HBCU Truth & Reconciliation Oral History Project and the United States Christian Leadership Organization, a comprehensive and Christian-based educational and humanitarian organization dedicated to achieving racial equality through spreading the love of Christ and building relationships across ethnic lines in order to promote more lasting and authentic spiritual and social change. He believes there are more than enough laws written on the books, just not enough written on our hearts, and it is through a changed heart, not laws, that will ultimately bring God’s Kingdom on earth as it is in heaven.

Reverend Steve Miller recently received an ASHOKA fellowship, one of the world’s highest social entrepreneur recognitions. Past honorees include CNN correspondent, Van Jones; Wikipedia founder, James Wales; and Kailash Satyarthi, the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner. Individuals must be nominated and must have identified a large-scale social problem that they are actively solving and scaling. Miller, an evangelist and minister from Henderson, TX, was among eleven 2018 awardees who exhibit leadership, creativity, vision, and the ability to motivate others to join in making social change. In launching US-CLO, he birthed the HBCU TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION ORAL HISTORY PROJECT, an initiative that tackles the ever-present hot bed issues that encompass institutionalized racism through a lens of love and compassion.

Miller is a humanitarian working in human rights in the State of Texas and beyond for over eight years with his work resulting in Federal civil rights investigations by the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights and the United States Department of Justice’s Community Services Division, primarily, within the Texas educational system.  His work has brought increased equity to hiring processes, enlarged job opportunities, and fostered greater understanding of institutional partiality through education. He has coordinated and won legal actions at the Federal court level and has been the stimulus of rewrites of discipline policies, whose ends resulted in fewer loved ones of color being exposed to and caught in the educational system’s disciplinary apparatus, which correlates highly with elevated juvenile justice and mass incarceration rates.

Miller holds a B.S. in Political Science from Texas A&M University; a B.S. in Finance from the University of Houston; a Master’s in Commercial Real Estate Development through the Graduate School of Finance at Mays Business School, Texas A&M University; and a Master’s of Divinity from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Austin, TX. He is the author of a comprehensive multi-year Christian-oriented and Christ-centered spiritual, educational, operational, philosophical, and intellectual blueprint to advance racial reconciliation through friendship. He is a husband of 18 years and a father of two.

My Goal of the Day: To work through and cross out everything on my “To Do” list

My Thought of the Day: Love is an Action Word

My Action of the Day: Smile at everyone I meet

My Deed of the Day: Go up to the shed and take out the Christmas tree and decorations for my wife and prepare to take family pictures in our matching Christmas PJ’s. Happy wife, Happy life…..

My Tip of the Day: Just start

My Pic of the Day:


A Day in My Life:

What do you love most about Your City?

It’s a city where the super-rich, the middle class, and those who live in extreme poverty (of all races) all attend school together starting at Kindergarten and ending at graduation. Because everyone is thrown together at such young ages, and it’s normal, they develop uncanny interpersonal skills. We just know how to communicate with a wide range of people—no matter who it is or from where they hail—whether they be rich or poor, of color or not, or any religious affiliation. From this dynamic is where I developed, I believe, my greatest skill (communication). And it’s not just me. It’s everybody.

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?

My favorite breakfast is purely and unapologetically southern: Skillet cooked bacon, scrambled eggs (hard) with salt, pepper, and ketchup. Mix in a little toast with plenty of butter and strawberry jelly, with grits to boot. In those grits: butter and sugar. All topped of with milk. The American Heart Society may be a little worried about my breakfast. Tell them not to worry. Although what I described is my favorite breakfast, I eat Oatmeal with apples, bananas, and granola.

My favorite restaurant is Houston’s.

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM – Ironing my kid’s clothes for school.

10:00 AM – Working through my “To Do” list, which has recently been budgeting. If not budgeting, I’m usually on the phone while driving across the State of Texas to meetings with university officials, members of the clergy, or local organizers.

12:00 PM - Favorite Lunch spot/meal?

Jason’s Deli. I love their pineapple laced Chicken Salad Sandwich with Lemonade.

7:00 PM - Depends on what day. Monday - At the gym working out while waiting for my son’s soccer practice to end. Tuesday – Working out while waiting for my son’s basketball practice to end. Wednesday and Thursday – Repeat Cycle

11:00 PM – Lights out baby. Matter of fact, they’ve been out for at least a couple of hours.

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?

Oh my God. I hate that you brought this up because I’ve developed quite the habit that I am desperately trying to kick – Coca Cola (Coke). I feel I may relapse just typing this. It not only picks me up, but it cheers me up as well. Just one. I can nurse a single Coke all day long. Little short sips. 

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?


What should everyone try at least once?

Blue Bell Ice Cream - Homemade Vanilla

Where do you enjoy getting lost? Any old abandoned building. An old railroad or train depot or abandoned factory building is ideal. I like imagining who used to live or work there and the daily things they may have done during the day. Many times, I’ll find remnants of old technology - an iron, dial up phone, old LP’s, you name it – some type of tool. 

Chris Folayan: CEO, Marketplace Africa


My NativeAdVert:

Chris Folayan is CEO of Marketplace Africa. Marketplace Africa, a joint venture between global shipping leader DHLand Africa’s e-commerce leader,  Mall for Africa, features more than 80 designers and a full range of accessories, as well as men’s fashion and gifts. The partnership takes the complexity and uncertainty out of global online shopping. DHL handles all logistics services for the marketplace, including an exclusive product-verification process prior to shipping, while Mall for Africa’s award-winning, patented e-commerce platform manages Marketplace Africa’s proprietary platform and payment system. So American shoppers have access to the innovative designers and craftspeople across Africa creating stunning, world-class products using both traditional and cutting-edge techniques, while African businesses are able to connect to new markets and new customers. 

My Goal of the Day: Get through 3 contract proposals, 2 MOU reviews, talk to 4 merchants and get on a call with my executive staff about out sales numbers for the month.

My Thought of the Day:  Actions you take today determine your tomorrow.  

My Action of the Day: Make sure I reflect on what I am blessed to have and be thankful for it big or small. Ensure I deliver on all aspects of my goals and call the call center.  

My Deed of the Day: Make sure I talk to at least 1 sales person and 2 customer service center employees. 

My Tip of the Day: The best way to find out if your company is doing well is to talk to the people who interact with your customers daily. The call center. They are the heartbeat of your organization. The ones who know firsthand if you are doing well or not. 

My Pic of the Day;

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A Day in My Life:

What do you love most about Your City?

I live in so may places due to the nature of my job. I am always bouncing between London, Nigeria, and California. But when it comes to where I call home that has to be Lagos, Nigeria. Where I was born and raised. I love everything about Lagos. The hustle and drive people have, the energy and drive towards entrepreneurship, and the hoops and hurdles you have to go through every day to get things done. Nigeria is a place where everyday a new challenge presents itself and you simply have to figure out a way. Such scenarios keep you on your toes and make you a better wiser person. 

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?  Favorite breakfast meal is French Toast with honey and some eggs.  Favorite restaurant of all times has to be RockSugar in Los Angeles. 

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM – Today I am in a meeting with my executive staff at 6AM going over projections and marketing budgets and plans for next month.  

10:00 AM – I am reviewing an MOU with my staff for a partnership we have been working on for several months now. Hoping we can conclude on all the parameters so we can execute and get this going.  The goal is to conclude the MOU process and submit to the partner right after the meeting. 

12:00 PM - Favorite Lunch spot/meal?

For a quick bite to eat in California I love In-N-Out burgers.

7:00 PM -  By this time I am having dinner with my family spending some quality time. I do my best when in California to always ensure I am at the dinner table with my family.

11:00 PM – Believe it or not I am getting ready for my next day. Preparing my calendar, understanding what is expected and due the next day. Reading whatever material I need to so I can sleep on it and take the time to develop a well thought out approach. Sleeping on ideas is really the best. I have found this to always yield a more rational decision. By midnight I am getting ready for bed. But always depends on what I have planned the next day. 

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?

I really enjoy a cup of hot chocolate in the morning and drink water for the rest of the day (6-8 bottles). 

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?

Most used app is mine, The Mall for Africa App. And most used Instagram account is my new online site I created with DHL, Marketplace Africa. The platform enables African artisans to sell their one-of-a-kind handmade products to the US and global market. I am obsessed with my companies, our products, and our social media accounts. 

What should everyone try at least once?

Everyone should try to visit a and help the less fortunate at least once to understand how blessed they are now.

Where do you enjoy getting lost?

I enjoy getting lost when I travel. Those are the times you find new things and experience new situations that mold you to not be fearful, and say to yourself “You got this.”


Ruth Ann Harnisch: Founder & President, The Harnisch Foundation

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My NativeAdVert:

Ruth Ann Harnisch believes “The Final Frontier of Feminism Is Finance,” and she leads fearless conversations with those seeking to demystify their relationship with money. The founder and president of the Harnisch Foundation (theHF), celebrating 20 years of grantmaking, Ruth Ann is proud that theHF’s FunnyGirls™ leadership curriculum for girls 8-13 was recently featured on NBC Nightly News.

Ruth Ann has moved beyond philanthropy alone, using her investment dollars to jumpstart women-led businesses and other enterprises. She looks for projects she hopes will disrupt the status quo and give more power, money, and attention to people who have historically been kept out. Her early career in television, radio and newspaper journalism led to her investments in storytelling for social change. Collaboration with other funders through Women Moving Millions, Women Donors Network, Impact Partners, Superlative Films, and others has resulted in a surprising second career as a producer. Several of these films have had industry recognition (including the 2018 Oscar for Best Documentary) and cultural acclaim, such as the documentary blockbuster “Won’t You Be My Neighbor.”

Ruth Ann is a lead funder of the Sundance Institute’s Women at Sundance initiative. She’s a longtime member of the TED community, and a founding funder of the TED Fellows Program, a four-time Spark Camper, an active funder with the Women Donors Network, a member of Rachel’s Network for environmental philanthropy, and 100 Women Who Care. She is a professional coach, a trained crisis counselor with hundreds of volunteer hours on the Crisis Text Line, and a mentor for the International Women’s Forum Fellows Program. Inside Philanthropy named her as one of 50 most powerful women in U.S. philanthropy.

My Goal of the Day:  Every day, my goal is to be trustworthy to myself and honor the commitments I have made to myself.

My Thought of the Day:  THIS is my life, right now, in the present moment. It’s all there is! Make the most of it!

My Action of the Day:  Move! Whether running, walking, doing yoga, swimming, dancing, jumping – MOVE!

My Deed of the Day:  Every day, take at least one political action – call or write a representative, contribute to a candidate, publish an opinion, forward an article, get someone to register to vote, study an issue.

My Tip of the Day: There’s always a happier thought – reach for it!

My Pic of the Day (any additional pic that expresses something special):

Some people see a gate and they will stop. Others don’t hesitate to go around to get where they want to go. Sometimes I’m the person who sees the barrier and stops. Sometimes I’m the person who just walks around the obstacle. 

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A Day in My Life:

What do you love most about Your City? 

On my Facebook profile I list my home as Earth because I travel so often that no one city is home, and I make myself at home wherever I am. It’s so easy to find something to love about every city. In the past seven days I’ve slept in four different cities and each is My City when I’m there – because that’s where my life is happening! (Tonight, I’m in Toronto where what I love most is my friend Glenna.)

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant? 

I don’t usually eat breakfast, but when I have breakfast meetings in New York City, it’s my great pleasure to take guests to the Rockefeller Center Club where I have an egg white omelet with spinach, mushrooms, and tomatoes, dry white toast, and too much coffee.

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM – Reading newspapers, and watching CNBC in bed with my husband.

10:00 AM – Email, email, email. (I am never, ever caught up.)

12:00 PM – Favorite Lunch spot/meal?

I love a Sweetgreen Kale Caesar or Shroomami.

7:00 PM – Yoga, or some other physical activity toward my daily goals. (For most of my life, the answer would have been “watching Jeopardy,” but I quit cold turkey this year.)

11:00 PM – If I’m not in bed (I should be), I’m probably still answering emails and writing on deadline. I already did tomorrow’s NYTimes Crossword puzzle on the app, and I probably promised to quit again because I get so annoyed at the paid product placements in the puzzle; but then I remember how hard it is for journalism to be profitable, so I keep paying and playing.

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)? Water. Tap water is fine. Cold-cold-cold-still-not-sparkling-no-lime-no-lemon-no-thank-you water is my favorite thing to drink, and I probably drink a gallon a day. 

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?

Fitbit (How did I sleep? How many miles have I walked? How many steps so far this hour?) and Curb, because if I’m not walking, I’m in a cab.

What should everyone try at least once? 

This question challenges several of my basic beliefs.

1. Yoda says, “There is no try. Do or do not.” I live by that. 

2. I also don’t embrace the concept of “should.” I believe we “get to” do things, we choose. There’s no joy in people “should-ing” all over themselves.

3. There are few experiences which would be appropriate for “everyone” except basic body functions, because we are all so very different! 

That said, anyone looking to stretch their boundaries might consider taking an improv class. It can help you lighten up and take yourself less seriously, play well with others, think fast, and get outside of your comfort zone. 

Where do you enjoy getting lost? In thought, in a good book, in a beautiful movie, in my husband’s beautiful blue eyes. But never, ever do I enjoy getting lost geographically. I’m “directionally declined” and have been desperately and depressingly and distressingly lost thousands of times, not exaggerating. GPS changed my life.

Kresse Wesling MBE: Co-Founder, Elvis & Kresse


My NativeAdVert:

Kresse Wesling is Co-Founder of Elvis & Kresse. Since 2005 Elvis & Kresse have been rescuing raw materials, transforming them into luxury lifestyle accessories and donating 50% of profits back to charities.In 2005 we had a chance encounter with the London Fire Brigade. When we learned that London's damaged decommissioned hoses were headed to landfill we mounted a rescue. We set up Elvis & Kresse to save it. For over a decade none of London’s fire-hose has gone to landfill and over 170 tons of material has been reclaimed. In 2017 the Burberry Foundation partnered with Elvis & Kresse to tackle the even greater global problem of leather waste. This Five-year partnership will see at least 120 tonnes of leather off-cuts from Burberry recrafted into new luxury items, designed and sold by Elvis & Kresse.

My Goal of the Day: To complete the tasks I have set for myself.

My Thought of the Day: I definitely have too many different thoughts within a day to pick just one!

My Action of the Day: To keep moving - physically and mentally.

My Deed of the Day: Elvis & Kresse was established to solve raw material problems, every day that the business survives, that is what we are doing.  

My Tip of the Day: Do More, Be Better

My Pic of the Day:


A Day in My Life:

What do you love most about Your City?

We don’t live in a city and there is so much to love about that - the real darkness, the quiet, the fresh air, the wildlife, the water that makes up 180 degrees of our view, the places to run and walk with our dog…

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?

Some kind of oatmeal or muesli at my desk.

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM – Sleeping or running or cross training.

10:00 AM - Working - either in the workshop or out at meetings

12:00 PM - Favorite Lunch spot/meal?

My favourite spot is just outside our workshop on a sunny summer day, looking over the mill pond at the ducks. Lunch is almost always a cheese sandwich or leftovers.

7:00 PM -  Just getting back from a long walk with Elvis & Monty (our dog).

11:00 PM - Heading to bed.

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?

Water. I like other drinks of course, but water is all I need.

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?

WhatsApp - it is the best way to stay in touch with friends and family, particularly in small groups.

What should everyone try at least once?

Something they never thought they would be capable of.

Where do you enjoy getting lost?

When I am running - pretty much anywhere in the world. I really love not quite knowing how long I will be, where I am, how I will get back and how much help I might need in order to do that. My sense of direction is not spectacular.


My younger self wouldn't question my motivations or impact focus, but she would never have predicted the industry we are in. In fact, my current self sometimes finds this bizarre too. When we promised to rescue London's fire-hoses we did not know where this would lead us. We fell in love with the hose, all of its history, properties and potential and this is why we do what we do; it was extensive fire-hose R&D that led us to luxury.


Rebecca van Bergen: Founder & Executive Director, NEST


My NativeAdVert:

Rebecca van Bergen is Founder and Executive Director of Nest. She graduated with her Masters Degree in Social Work the same year that Muhammad Yunus won the Nobel Peace Prize. Having grown up with a great-grandmother and grandmother who were quilters and sewers, Rebecca was drawn to craftsmanship as a means of self-expression and opportunity. Following her passion to turn craft, the second largest employer of women globally, into a means to correct the gender and income imbalance in our world, Rebecca founded Nest at age 24. Nest is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) building a new handworker economy to increase global workforce inclusivity, improve women’s wellbeing beyond factories, and preserve important cultural traditions around the world.

My Goal of the Day: Ensure ethical handcraft has a growing place in our economy.

My Thought of the Day: As we push the boundaries of technology; our souls will always want to be connected to the handmade.

My Action of the Day: Reviewed the product tags for the first round of products that will be on consumer shelves in January carrying Nest’s newly launched Seal of Ethical Handcraft so that shoppers can be assured that the goods they are purchasing were made with handworker wellbeing at the forefront.

My Deed of the Day: Include my kids in our work. My husband and I are business partners and we have two kids -- a 3-year-old and 5-year-old. We believe that equally important to our professional lives is ensuring we are bringing an empathetic and action-oriented next generation into the world. This includes not only having conversations with our kids but also organizing activities with neighborhood kids and families as well. I host a monthly volunteer activity that includes both kids of all ages as well as their parents to encourage family activism.

My Tip of the Day: People say visionaries look at the mountains. This is true – we must have a vision for the future we want to create. But, equally important is looking down at your feet and knowing how to take the first steps towards getting there. I live by to-do lists and making our vision for the future as practical and doable as possible – one step at a time. I believe firmly that we would make a lot more progress as a society if every day, we translated our hopes for the future (albeit it professional, personal, or political) into steps we can walk towards every day.

My Pic of the Day: 


A Day in My Life:

What do you love most about Your City?

I live an hour outside of New York City. I love the calm of the country mixed with the bustle of the city and being able to enjoy the best of both worlds.

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?

Avocado toast. I love it from anywhere, but often it is at the local diner in our town before hopping on the train into NYC.

What are you doing at:

6:00 AM – Snuggling on our couch with my two kids as they have warm milk to start their day and I sip a Lady Gray tea. They are still waking up and willing to be held, and it is, to me, the most magical hour!

10:00 AM – Arriving into Grand Central. I commute to the city from our home in Katonah, NY and love the routine of starting my day with an hour of emails on the train before the bustle of meetings and phone calls begins. 

12:00 PM - Favorite Lunch spot/meal?

Leftovers! We love to cook and with a local CSA farm share, we always have a plethora of fresh ingredients on hand. We always bring in our lunch but try to carve out time to officially enjoy it, though, honestly, it is usually downed while simultaneously writing emails or having a quick meeting.

7:00 PM -  Arriving home. Sipping a glass of red wine while my husband cooks us something for dinner. The kids are usually energized by our arrival home so chatter on about what they did at school and what they are thinking about. We tell them about our day and try to bring them into the world of Nest.

11:00 PM – Sound asleep. Early to bed, early to rise. 

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?

I start with Lady Gray tea with milk and end with a glass of wine (red in the fall and winter; white in the spring and summer). Throughout the day, I am never without a bottle of water in hand. Hydration is key! 

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?

Most used App is WhatsApp. We create WhatsApp groups for our artisan partners and I love participating in their conversations or observing them in dialogue with one another. Nest’s work to link artisan leaders as peers and collaborators is a perfect example of the collective might of the artisan community. It is often through these less formal communication channels that we really see people opening up, sharing and collaborating. I love following the work of our artisan partners and I’m currently having fun following the dreamy world of @sidaidesigns who creates hand beaded jewelry made by Maasai women in Tanzania and East Africa. @sonicasarna and @haitidesignco are others who are share beautiful photos not only of the products they make but also of the artisans who made them. 

What should everyone try at least once?

Crafting. With mass manufacturing, we are no longer making as much with our own hands. Yet, the patience and pride that comes from making can be really profound. It can be done alone, bringing calm and meditative qualities to our lives or in groups as a way to socialize. I think returning to making things by hand is an essential counter-balancing force to the continued obsession we have with technology and devices.

Where do you enjoy getting lost?

An artisan market anywhere in the world. I love all the stalls of goods, the women selling, the sounds, smells and textures. It gives you a glimpse into the plethora of skills, colors and raw materials used in a single place.


Orit Kopel: Co-Founder/VP of Business Development, WikiTribune & CEO, The Jimmy Wales Foundation for Freedom of Expression


My NativeAdVert:

Orit Kopel is the Co-Founder & VP of Business Development of WikiTribune, an inventive Wiki-based news platform which brings together a community of volunteers with hired professional journalists in an effort to create a collaborative news space. With a background as a qualified Human Rights Lawyer, Kopel is CEO of the Jimmy Wales Foundation for Freedom of Expression, advocating for bloggers and social media users who are persecuted for speaking out online. She previously acted as Jimmy Wales’ Special Adviser for Google’s Expert Advisory Council on the ‘Right To Be Forgotten’, defending Internet freedom.

My Goal of the Day: Fixing the news, protecting freedom of expression online and promoting women’s rights.

My Thought of the Day: There is a lot of evil and ignorance in this world, but goodness will eventually prevail.

My Action of the Day: Chatting with our WikiTribune community members and thinking of ways to make our platform more accessible and welcoming for users to collaborate around news.

My Deed of the Day: Making a change through the Jimmy Wales Foundation by supporting bloggers and social media users who get persecuted for speaking out online.

My Tip of the Day: She probably knows better than you, stop mansplaining.

A Day in My Life:

What do you love most about Your City? London gathers together wonderful people from all over the world, from a variety of cultural backgrounds. It’s a wonderful opportunity to learn about other cultures and make new connections.

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant? As long as it has coffee in it, I’m good.

What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)? Coffee! I’m trying to limit my caffeine consumption, so I’m now down to 2-3 cups a day. Absorbing the British culture, I often opt for green tea instead.

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account? Addicted to news apps. Must know at every minute what’s going on in the world.

What should everyone try at least once? Living in a foreign country. It changes you and teaches you a lot. Not only by experiencing the foreign culture itself, but also by the experience of being an immigrant. I believe it would make anyone more compassionate and tolerant towards other minorities.

Where do you enjoy getting lost? In books.

Career advice to those in your industry? Be passionate about what you do and don’t be afraid to be creative and different. The world is waiting for your unique contribution.

My Pic of the Day: (any additional pic that expresses something special)


Rosalind Franklin was a Jewish English chemist who made substantial scientific contributions towards the understanding of the molecular structures of DNA. She didn’t get the credit that she deserved during her lifetime, even though her work was the base for a Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded to other scientists. My mother is a Cytopathologist. Since childhood, I remember seeing her working with her microscope, just like Rosalind Franklin is shown in this picture. I respect all the courageous women who struggled to pave the way for women of my generation towards education, equality and more career opportunities, and I hope to continue and develop the route that they’ve started for women of generations to come.

Yasmeen Hassan: Global Executive Director, Equality Now

My NativeAdVert:

Yasmeen became the Global Executive Director of Equality Now in 2011 after serving as Deputy Executive Director and Director of Programs for three years. Previously, she was with the United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women where she worked on the implementation

Beth R. Nussbaum: National Director of Development & Communications, American Friends of Migdal Ohr

My NativeAdVert:

Beth R. Nussbaum is a highly creative and entrepreneurial business professional with over 25 years of varied experience. Currently serving as the National Director of Development and Communications for American Friends of Migdal Ohr,