Shawn Covell, Qualcomm
Corporate Social Responsibility
Marissa Mayer, Google
Jacqueline Novogratz, The Acumen Fund
Dr. Eva Schloss
Sierra Leone First Lady
Inspiration Day features some of the most impressive minds in philanthropy, politics, business, entertainment and media. Whether your goal is to make a real difference to the issues you care about or to get tips from your role models about overcoming the obstacles to success, here’s where you'll get help becoming the very best version of yourself.
WIE Network is a next generation media company that aims to inspire social change through the creation of engaging and inspirational filmed content, large scale forums and innovative social media programs. The company’s properties include the annual women’s conference, The WIE Symposium; WIE Interact, an online social network for women, and a new online reputation service to be announced. Other projects include a feature film about legendary African heroine Yaa Asantewaa; and a documentary that explores the role of forgiveness in conflict resolution around the world.
WIE Network’s principals are television host and political commentator June Sarpong, and branding and entertainment marketing expert, Dee Poku. According to Sarpong and Poku, the WIE Symposium was created as way of uniting women from different backgrounds. The event engages women from the world’s wealthiest nations in the quest to give a voice to those less fortunate than themselves: "As New York based British women of Ghanaian heritage, we consider ourselves to be citizens of world. And as such our mandate is to unite and empower women everywhere. We all share common goals of wanting to be happy and successful, to have strong families and dynamic careers. And that’s what the WIE Symposium is about, setting aside our differences and uniting behind our common aspirations."
Nancy Goodman Brinker is the founder and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, an organization named after her only sister, Susan, who died from breast cancer in 1980 at age 36. Brinker was also United States Ambassador to Hungary from 2001 to 2003 and Chief of Protocol of the United States from 2007 to the end of the George W. Bush administration. Brinker, a breast cancer survivor, uses her experience to heighten understanding of the disease. She speaks publicly on the importance of patient's rights and medical advancements in breast cancer research and treatment. She is currently serving as the World Health Organization's Goodwill Ambassador for Cancer Control. Brinker is the author of the New York Times bestselling book Promise Me - How a Sister's Love Launched the Global Movement to End Breast Cancer, released on September 14, 2010.
Jacqueline Novogratz is founder and CEO of Acumen Fund. Prior to starting Acumen, she worked at the Rockefeller Foundation, where she created and directed the Philanthropy Workshop and the Next Generation Leadership program.
Novogratz has also worked at the Joyce Mertz-Gilmore Foundation and has served as a consultant to UNICEF and the World Bank in various African countries. She helped found a micro-finance institution for women in Rwanda and began her career in international banking with Chase Manhattan Bank.
Novogratz holds an MBA from Stanford and a BA from the University of Virginia.
Topaz Page-Green is a model.
Celine Rattray has always been stubborn. At 15, she rented a room with another family rather than move from London to Bermuda, where her father had a new position. â€œMy parents thought it was the worst trait when I was a child,â€ Ms. Rattray says. â€œThey laughed when I found the one job where being stubborn is a good quality.â€
With Plum Pictures, she applies her tenacity to the indie film industry. Despite daunting odds, Ms. Rattray worked tirelessly to snag a spot for Plumâ€™s first feature, Lonesome Jim, at 2005â€™s Sundance Film Festival.
The 5-year-old firm has sent six more films to Sundanceâ€”including Grace Is Gone, starring John Cusack. The movie sold for $4 million last yearâ€”twice its budgetâ€”and earned two Golden Globe nominations, though box-office sales disappointed. Not slowing down, Plum is now developing a Theodore Roosevelt biopic starring Leonardo DiCaprio and directed by Martin Scorsese and negotiating the sale of two movies shown at Sundance 2008.
Ms. Rattray studied philosophy and mathematics at Oxford University, intending to pursue a career in finance. She honed her business skills as a consultant in McKinsey & Co.â€™s media and entertainment practice and as a founding director of HBO on Demand. Even though her first on-set job involved cleaning up after actor Chris Penn, Ms. Rattray fell in love with filmmaking. The executive works 12-hour days so that she can be available on both New York and L.A. time.
â€œI have never met anyone who works harder, cares more or fights harder,â€ says Galt Niederhoffer, who founded Plum Pictures with Ms. Rattray and Daniela Taplin Lundberg, when all were under 30. â€œShe is a force.â€
Eva Schloss is a Holocaust survivor… a wife, mother, daughter, sister, grandmother, friend… a teacher and a humanitarian.
She survived escape from her homeland in Austria, two years in hiding, capture on her 15th birthday, nine months in Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, repatriation in Holland, the death of her beloved father and brother… and the poison of bitterness, the burden of grief, the integration of loss.