Peter Noble Darrow: Entrepreneur & Author, "Wise Millennial: A Field Guide to Thriving in Modern Life"

Peter Noble Darrow Highlights

Peter Noble Darrow Highlights

My Native Admission Statement: My goal is to empower and inspire other young people to find their true inner happiness, and live more authentic, meaningful lives. In my book “Wise Millennial: A Field Guide to Thriving in Modern Life” (self-help/memoir, 2019), I discuss the importance of detaching ourselves from the messed up values we downloaded from society and our parents, and developing a healthy, strong ‘sense of self’.

Your most difficult moment?

Writing a book (and being an entrepreneur generally) is a tedious process, filled with many unknowns. No one is there to do it for you; you have to provide your own answers to your own questions by being extremely resourceful. For me, writing was a very emotionally draining process. Many of the stories I tell (such as the day I lost my father) require re-hashing old memories and reliving them, in order to most accurately describe them to the reader. It’s exhausting.

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James Michael Sama: Speaker | Author | Coach

James Michael Sama Highlights

James Michael Sama Highlights

My Native Admission Statement: My mission is to help people develop a deeper understanding of themselves and others from a fundamental human level, and then use this knowledge to create more fulfilling lives and relationships. After accumulating nearly 40 million readers and having thousands of conversations over the years with people of all walks of life, I strongly believe we need to focus more on creating who we want to be (and be with) and then build a life around those goals.

How did you get into the industry?

In 2013 I began writing my blog as a way to reach more people than my personal Facebook page. I didn’t know anything about blogging and really was only active on Facebook as a social network. As I started writing about personal development, dating, and relationships, my articles would get shared frequently and generate a few thousand views per day. Approximately 5 months after I started writing, one of the articles (10 Ways to Know You’re Dating a True Gentleman) starting picking up steam and was viewed over 1.5 million times in a single day. After that, I knew I had to figure out why this happened and create more momentum behind it. I started receiving phone calls from interviews and being quoted in the media. Since then, I have spent most of my time researching human relationships and psychology, and have written over 800 articles revolving around the topic. This has lead to a variety of media and live event appearances across the country, which, coupled with private coaching, have become my full time venture.

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Shama Hyder: Zen Media CEO & Best Selling Author

Shama Hyder Highlights

Shama Hyder Highlights

My Native Admission Statement: My fourth-grade teacher awarded me the superlative of "Most Curious” in front of the whole school.  At the time, I wasn't sure if it was a compliment or her annoyance at my endless stream of questions. Either way, it hasn't been a trait that eased with time. If anything, my fascination with the world around me has only increased with each passing year. Perhaps, that is what led me to start my own company, Zen Media, at the age of 22, and allowed me to turn it into a globally renowned name in the world of marketing.  Or, perhaps, it is why I chose to write my graduate thesis on a small network called Twitter which only had 2,000 users at the time. That same "curious itch" is what has motivated me to write two best-selling books and to share my constant knowledge and passion with the world in the form of my columns and books and tv shows. My biggest aspiration is to help brands and individuals thrive in the digital age, and my biggest concern is that perhaps we as a society will fall victim to technology rather than truly be empowered by it. 

Career advice to those in your industry?:

Just published a mega-piece on career advice for anyone who wants to go into marketing on my Forbes column:

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Allison Sutter, M.Ed: Best selling author & Contemporary spiritual teacher

Allison Sutter Highlights

Allison Sutter Highlights

My Native Admission Statement: I am a best selling author and contemporary spiritual teacher, highly acclaimed for my ability to seamlessly blend spirituality and practical self-help information making it relevant to daily life. I’m able to take challenging spiritual concepts and explain them in a way that is logical. So much of spirituality is esoteric and be hard to apply to daily life. Its can seem far removed from every day life. I take “woo-woo” topics and help clients makes sense of them in everyday life, such as “Why does this [insert bad this here] keep happening to me?!” and “How do I change it from the inside out?” My aspirations are really quite simple. I want to continue to grow as a spiritual being having a physical experience. I aspire to know more than I did yesterday, about myself, my thoughts, beliefs and what I’m capable of, so that I can share my experiences with others. I strive to always have enough money for good food, comfortable shelter and travel. I would love to write more books, children’s picture books and adults self-help, and it would be icing on the cake if books helped someone else in some positive way.

Career advice to those in my industry?

This will sound harsh, but it doesn’t mean to be. It also doesn’t apply to everyone; I’m generalizing when I say ….. Personal development coaches, life coaches and self-help gurus can stop telling their clients what to do and when to do it. That doesn’t mean there shouldn’t be some type of system in place that the coach has set up. There should be. You need to have a structure of some sort set up or there’s confusion on the part of the client. Where things go wrong is when the coach doesn’t understand or trust that everyone has an inner guidance system that is their best source of advice as to what to do, what action steps to take, next. Where I see a need for change in the idea that is a person doesn’t follow the advice of the coach that they won’t ever be successful. That’s simply not true. Having steps, or a system, in place is critical for student success. However, this system might not be ideal for every client you enroll. With Accelerate Your Mojo, I understood that for a system to work, and be viable for the masses, it has to be easily personalized. For example, if setting goals doesn’t work for a client but all you have in your box of trick is goal setting, can the system be changed to accommodate this clients unique needs?

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Dr. Greg Reid: World-renowned speaker, Best-selling Author, Filmmaker & Entrepreneur

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My Native Admission Statement: As an entrepreneur, I highly value expressing to others how they can turn seemingly complicated situations into simple, digestible concepts for success. There is a firm belief in the importance of win-win partnerships and aiding others to succeed. It brings me great pride to be as much as a service to others. My tenth novel, Wealth Made Easy: Millionaires and Billionaires Help you Crack the Code to Getting Rich, has been recently released which is an extremely rewarding accomplishment for me as this was one of my favorite pieces of work I have ever been a part of.  Sharing some of the most effective tips for success from the minds of the most reputable millionaires and billionaires was an experience that was like no other.

How do you motivate others?

Luckily as a public speaker, I am able to motivate others for a living and it is one of the most rewarding experiences each and every time I am able to speak somewhere. For me, I think the best way to motivate others is to instill in them a “no quit” attitude and emphasize the overall power of perseverance. When you can grant your audience with a sense of inspiration that they can accomplish whatever it is they set their mind to, they start to believe that themselves. This, in turn, inspires the drive for a great sense of personal achievement, which is exactly what I want to motivate every individual to aim for.

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Hugh Acheson: Chef & Food Writer

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My Native Admission Statement: I am a chef and business person who cobbled together a career by making good food. Now I still do all of that but I also create restaurants for companies, produce two podcasts, write a lot of books, and opine about the world in my own self-deprecating way. I make things well. I triage scenarios and figure out the immediate path to make things better. My aspirations are to be a productive employer, to master technique, to learn something every day, and to constantly guide others and my biggest success is employing 300 people while not going broke.

Any emerging industry trends?

I think the idea of hospitality has morphed into an embrace of making people feel comfortable and no longer hinges on being lavish. We can, and should, be offering hospitality at all levels of dining, from a coffee shop to the finest Michelin experience. The challenges are economic these days. In an industry prone to failure we have had to lessen the cost involved across the board. Labor and occupancy costs are not really viable or possible to shave, hence the $14 carrot salad at all fine dining places.

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Sweta Vikram: Mindset & Wellness Coach, Speaker, & Best-selling Author

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My Native AdMission Statement: Hi, I’m Sweta Srivastava Vikram! I’m a mindset & wellness coach, global speaker, and best-selling author of 12 books. I listen to your stories and help transform your life. I understand the unique challenges you face as a human being, employee, employer, entrepreneur, provider, parent, and partner. Executives and entrepreneurs hire me to make critical mindset shifts, so they can use time more effectively, improve relationships, and lower stress levels. The real secret to living your best life is change in MINDSET. Voted as “One of the Most Influential Asians of Our Times,” and raised between North Africa and the foothills of the Himalayas, I now live in New York City and work with clients from all over the world. As the winner of the “Voices of the Year” award (past recipients have been Chelsea Clinton and the founder of the #MeToo movement), in my spare time, I use mindfulness and yoga to empower female survivors of trauma.

My Biggest Success?

Through my writing and coaching and speaking engagements, I have met with diverse groups of people from all over the world who have confessed that my words have transformed their lives. A gentleman read my book in the prison and then attended one of my speaking events (after he was released)—only so he could tell me in person how one of my books had helped him cope with his personal loss.

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Christine Michel Carter: Writer, Speaker, Consultant & Creator of "Mompreneur and Me"

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My Native Admission Statement: As a writer, speaker and consultant I work with companies to ensure they’re at the forefront of the minds of female consumers. I have been featured in, and guest contributed to several global digital publications, including Forbes, TIME, The New York Times, Harper's BAZAAR, Parents, Health, Ebony, Women’s Health and have been called "the exec inspiring millennial moms," a "branding mastermind" and "the voice of millennial moms." My writing has been quoted in four books and I have advocated on behalf of Mom Congress and Senator Kamala Harris for the Maternal Care Act. I also created Mompreneur and Me, the first national free mommy and me professional development event for moms who can’t afford time away from the kids to network or develop professional skills. I aspire to raise happy, confident, well-rounded children personally. That’s my only goal. And in business, I would like to be a published author and have my events (Mompreneur and Me) expand internationally. I’m a Donald Draper kind of marketer. I love bringing retro practices back because these young whippersnappers nowadays want to be the first to market themselves in a disruptive, groundbreaking way. I still believe two things: content is king, and no one will purchase a product or service that someone else hasn’t endorsed

My Favorite People/Role Models?

Beyoncé. There is no other role model in the world. Both business and personal. #beyhiveforever

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Blaze Arizanov: StayUncle CMO, Bestselling Author & Keynote Speaker

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My Native Admission Statement: I propel brands and revenues into new, uncharted territories, without being marked as the enemy of the state. I co-founded hotel booking website for couples, StayUncle, in 2015. I developed the content and marketed StayUncle, taking it from a landing page with no revenue to a multi-million dollar company. It was named as one of the 10 startups to watch by Forbes India in 2018. Aside from StayUncle, I am also a bestselling author, keynote speaker, and angel investor with a keen eye for identifying strong stories and trends and converting them into engaging brand campaigns. I have great intuition and find I am often right about the few big things that matter in marketing and am always reinventing myself whether it be through re-educating my mindset or assessing new techniques I could employ to achieve maximum campaign traction.

How did you get into the marketing industry?

I had been ‘marketing’ since my early childhood. In a country with little to no opportunities, marketing became a crucial survival skill for me, and was a craft I learned myself. You had to fight off a large number of candidates for a single chance at success. Recognizing influencer marketing as the next big thing, I developed a blog at the age of 16, which I managed to sell one year later to a local job search portal in Macedonia. It was a career interview tips blog, which I sold for $1700 - a big paycheck for a 17 year old student. Through this, I discovered my passion and talent for content and branding, which allowed me to work with prospects as unlikely as VC funds in India, Miss India 2017, and some politicians.

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Nisa Amoils: Investor & Venture Capitalist

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My Native Admission Statement: I have a diverse background which makes me a good investor – attorney, entrepreneur, media executive. I am passionate about new technology and enabling gender equality. I break down complex concepts into simpler analogies. I sell and promote ideas with passion. I wrote a book called “WTF is Happening? Women Tech Founders on the Rise” about this.

How did you get into the industry?

I started investing in technology about a decade ago and joined a VC firm to do the same. I started to focus on fintech a few years ago. As a securities lawyer, I was early to see the opportunity in security tokens and decentralized finance. I have been writing about that space in Forbes. I see Blockchain being an evolution that will make traditional finance more efficient, transparent, global, liquid and democratized – that is incredibly exciting.

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Abhijit Naskar: Neuroscientist, Bestselling Author & Speaker


My Native Admission Statement: After quitting my Computer Engineering studies, I renounced my home in Calcutta and became a wandering monk. And upon the attainment of the so-called transcendental state of consciousness, which has been called differently across cultures, such as "Samadhi", "Nirvana", "Oneness" and so on, I realized that the purpose of life is not renunciation of anything, but the realization of that purpose. So, I returned home and started investigating for a rational explanation for my experience of transcendence. As basically a useless and careerless young lad, I began studying hundreds of published materials on Neuroscience, Psychology and Philosophy, while constantly being mocked and laughed at. I was studying on my own only to have an understanding of the human mind in relation to the society and the world, without the expectation of any degree or job opportunity. I had no clue whatsoever, what would become of me, whether I’d be able to make a living at all. I did not come from a rich family, nor did I have rich friends, so, as far as everybody else was concerned, my life was doomed.

I was flowing like a canoe in the open seas without any sense of direction. And in that very directionlessnes, I constructed my own direction, without even being aware of it. Eventually, quite unexpectedly, I found myself publishing my own first book on the investigation of various aspects of our human mental universe. With that first book entitled "The Art of Neuroscience in Everything", the world embraced me as their household Neuroscientist. With the magnificent tool of Neuroscience, I opened up to the world its internal realm in terms that every person could understand. After the publication of that first book, my brain kept exploding with one book after another, on various issues of the mind and the society. Along came an inpouring of invitations to speak at various educational and professional institutions. Thus, a useless university dropout turned into a globally acclaimed Neuroscientist, Bestselling Author and Speaker.

Favorite Drink?

My mind is my offering to humanity, therefore I despise alcohol, for it corrupts the mind as well as the body. However, I do take one kind of beverage quite a few times throughout the day, and that's tea, with lots of sugar and milk.

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Minter Dial: Award Winning Author & Keynote Speaker

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My NativeAdmission Statement: I feel like change is my middle name, having moved countries 15 times and homes 34 times in my life. I can get by in 8 languages (only 3 fluently). Professionally, I have explored a host of different activities, from teaching tennis, to working in an investment bank to creating four startups, two of which failed with style. Thus, I can say that I am a jack of all trades and master of none, except perhaps for storytelling. I am the author of three books and produced an award-winning WWII documentary that has been shown on national television in North America, Australia and New Zealand. I love to connect dots, patterns and people. Connecting my own dots, the theme of my life has been to seek consciously to elevate the debate. I want to be known for being a storyteller who moves people, by connecting ideas, patterns and people, and always seeking to elevate the debate. It’s both a personal and a professional ambition.

How did you get into the industry?

I worked in the cosmetics industry for L'Oréal – in the division serving the professional salon hairdresser -- for the largest part of my career (16 years). I entered L’Oreal right out of INSEAD business school. The whole purpose of going to business school was to change country (I wanted to move to Europe), to enter a new industry (fashion/beauty) and change métier (marketing). It was a tall order to change all three aspects at the same time. L’Oreal and Louis Vuitton were my first two choices. L’Oreal hired me before LV even answered my application letter. How did I get the job? Once I got an interview, before the appointed day, I spent a full day in a local hairdressing salon, learning all aspects of the business. I discovered a world I had never properly known, how a salon works, the incredible passion of the hairdresser and the importance of the products. It was the human experience of the salon that seduced me most.

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James H. Carpenter Barnes, Ph.D: Author and Transformational Speaker

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My Native Admission Statement: My passion is teaching people how overcome the words, thoughts and feelings (subconscious habits) which result in a life controlled by our surroundings. Our past experiences often hinder growth and advancement. I believe we have the ability within us to be transformed… to create the events in this life’s experience. I know I’ve lived it. I’m gifted at inspiring people to first believe they deserve to be the best version of themselves. I then teach them how to walk this out on a day by day basis.

My Favorite Products/Objects? I enjoy nice cars. Presently it’s my Navy blue Porsche, which came into my life by visualization.

My Current Passions?

Spending time with my wife Wendy doing anything (movies, plays, concerts, being near the water), and playing my guitars.

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Dr. Tiffany Jana: TMI Consulting Inc Founder & Author

My Native Admission Statement: I’m help build emotional bridges and walk people across the chasm of differences so they can better experience, understand, and respect each other. I’m an entrepreneur of 16 years with 3 companies and 3 books under my belt. All of them are focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Public speaker, thought leader, change maker, and champion of the people—my goal is to make the hardest concepts and conversations accessible and inclusive through the written word, experiential design, and groundbreaking technology.

Most Challenging Moment?:

My most challenging moment was deciding to part ways with my ex-husband and former business partner. Even though I started the company 8 years before I invited him to join me, the pivot to diversity happened with him. It was always my intention for us to be in it together for the long haul. My core goals and values remained consistent, but the entrepreneurial desire for evolution and growth was mine and not his. It was hard and horrible, but it’s the best business decision I ever made. The companies experienced their most exponential growth following his departure.

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MALLORY NEUBERGER: Author of "Sober.House" & The Frog Pad Executive Director

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My Native Admission Statement: My name is Mallory Neuberger. I’m a cocaine addict and an alcoholic in recovery, and becoming an addict is the best thing that ever happened to me–once I got sober. Since that day, my life has become all about staying sober, living my best self, and helping other addicts and alcoholics to find lasting sobriety and happiness, free from the substances that want us all miserable and dead. We are only as sick as our secrets. Today I wear the things that were killing me on my sleeve. I have a disease called addiction. It is not my fault so please don’t judge me for it.

Inspiration for the business idea, and your vision for the Business?

My houses are a legacy to my mother, who died from alcoholism. She collected frogs, and my first house sits on a canal covered with lily pads. There was a shortage of women’s sober houses in South Florida (there were nine men’s houses for every women’s), so I set out to create beautiful, safe, serene houses for women, where they could find recovery, friendship, accountability, and fun, ultimately living the lives that they want and deserve. I have two houses in Delray Beach, Florida and I am open to creating more nearby and in other areas that I love.

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Anil Pereira: Felix & Paul Studios Chairman & Serial Entrepreneur


My Native Admission Statement: I am a 25 year marketing veteran with deep experience across both startups and large companies with a focus on launching new products, developing highly trusted global brands and building scalable revenue machines. I previously served as a Vice President at American Express (DRTV, New Products); EVP & GM at VeriSign (Corporate Marketing, Enterprise Services, IPO Lead); SVP at (New Products, International, IPO Lead); and also founded two companies of my own—SecondSpace (Acquired by NASDAQ:CSGP) and Verious (TechCrunch Disrupt Startup Battlefield Finalist). I currently serve as Chairman of the Board of Felix & Paul Studios (Immersive Entertainment = VR/AR/MR) and “Virtual CMO” to a number of B2C, B2B, and B2B2C startups from seed to late stage across a range of industries. I look for founders, teams and companies that are tackling large, untapped markets, who have a strong sense of business ethics and shared values and situations where I can add “10X value” by being a part of their extended teams. I am proud of the fact that many of these relationships continue for years and several of them have spanned multiple companies by the same founders.

Career advice to those in your industry?

The biggest piece of career advice I give to others is to stick with something for more than just a couple of years. I spent 7 and 6 years, respectively, at my first 2 professional jobs after business school and that allowed me to gain depth and expertise and move up the ladder within the same company.

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Michelle Courtney Berry MPS, CISD, RMT: Mindful Living Expert, Author, Keynote Speaker, & Powerful Wellness Coach

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My Native Admission Statement: I help visionaries find the right balance between their work and their life. We used to call this work-life balance, but now we know better. Work and life are integrated, not separate things. In today's fast-paced, ever-changing digital economy, finding a way to work smarter, work less, but earn more, is the top of everyone's list. The only way to truly succeed and keep your brand relevant, is to stay healthy. I help you do just that by deploying some of the best mindfulness and total wellness hacks around. I have more than 20 years in the game and I’ve crawled out of burnout, anxiety, depletion, and overwhelm so I can devote my life to helping you stay accountable to your end goals. In sum, I support you in pressing reset so you can start walking the wellness path of real, authentic work-life integration.

My Favorite People/Role Models?

My favorite person in the world is my daughter Nina. My role models are many but I have to say the top two are: the late Maya Angelou whom I got life-changing advice from backstage right before I was opening for her.  and next, I’d have to say personal business development coach and all-around speaking superstar and self-help expert, Coach Lisa Nichols from - the first time I heard her speak and was coached by her, it changed the entire way I thought about what I charged and how I scaled my business.

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Ann Mei Chang: Author of "Lean Impact" & Chief Innovation Officer, USAID


Bio: Ann Mei Chang is a leading advocate for social innovation and author of LEAN IMPACT: How to Innovate for Radically Greater Social Good (Wiley, Nov. 6, 2018). As Chief Innovation Officer at USAID, Ann Mei served as the first Executive Director of the US Global Development Lab, engaging the best practices for innovation from Silicon Valley to accelerate the impact and scale of solutions to the world’s most intractable challenges. She was previously the Chief Innovation Officer at Mercy Corps and served the US Department of State as Senior Advisor for Women and Technology in the Secretary’s Office of Global Women’s Issues.

Prior to her pivot to the public and social sector, Ann Mei was a seasoned technology executive, with more than 20 years’ experience at such leading companies as Google, Apple, and Intuit, as well as at a range of startups. As Senior Engineering Director at Google, she led worldwide engineering for mobile applications and services, delivering 20x growth to $1 billion in annual revenues in just three years.

Ann Mei currently serves on the boards of BRAC USA and IREX, is a nonresident fellow at the Brookings Institution, and is a visiting fellow at the Center for Global Development. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Stanford University, is a member of the Aspen Institute’s Henry Crown Fellows’ class of 2011, and was recognized as one of the “Women In the World: 125 Women of Impact” by Newsweek/The Daily Beast in 2013.

How did you get into the industry?

I taught myself to code at the age of 12, studied computer science in college, then worked for 23 years in Silicon Valley. However, in my mid-twenties, I made a decision to spend the second half of my career working for social good. As that transition point approached, I sought out roles that got me closer to my chosen focus on global poverty, such as leading Emerging Markets at Google. Then, made the leap by joining the State Department through the Franklin Fellowship Program.

Career Advice?

If you want to do something mission-driven, take it as seriously as you would something that is profit-driven. Doing *some* good is not enough. Aim high, take risks, and measure imoact so that you maximize both the breadth and depth of your impact.

Biggest Success?

At Google, when I started leading the mobile engineering team our revenues were about $50M annually. Despite that, we set an audacious goal of becoming the next billion dollar business in the company and reviewed our progress weekly. With the release of the iPhone and Android, along with an amazing team that leapt at each new opportunity, we achieved our goal in only three years.

Why is innovation for social good just as necessary as innovation for business?

The point of innovation is to create something that is better, faster, or cheaper than what exists today. We have so many long-standing societal ills – from poverty, toinjustice, to environmental degradation. I’d argue there’s nowhere that innovation is more needed.

What makes it harder?

The biggest factor is the nature of funding. Rather than invest in the potential for future growth, most donors care about tangible, predictable results. Thus, nonprofits are forced to operate more like utility companies than startups. This makes it hard for them to experiment, take risks, and pivot – all essential elements of innovation.

In addition, there are also a number of innate challenges in the types of problems we tackle. Measuring impact is much harder than measuring e-commerce purchases, our instincts can lead us astray when serving people very different from ourselves, and experimenting with vulnerable people requires great care.

What inspired you to transition to the social sector after a long business career at Silicon Valley tech companies like Google?

I decided to make this transition almost two decades earlier. In 1995, an executive at Apple named Elizabeth Birch left her job at the age of 38 to become the Executive Director of a nonprofit, the Human Rights Campaign. I’d never heard of anyone doing something like this, and it opened a whole new window of possibilities to me. I decided then and there that I would make a similar switch and spend the second half of my career in the public or social sector doing something to make the world a better place.

How can Silicon Valley approaches to growth and innovation also help accelerate social impact?

Everyone seems to look towards Silicon Valley for ways that technology can help solve social challenges. While the potential for tech is tremendous, I believe there’s an even greater potential for us to learn from the techniques that have led to the breathtaking pace of progress coming out of the tech industry. For over 50 years, Moore’s Law has accurately predicted that the number of transistors on a chip would double every two years, delivering exponentially greater computing power. Imagine if we could even capture a fraction of that progress for social good. This starts with setting more audacious goals, is enabled by embracing risk-taking, and becomes reality through fast experiments that drive learning.

Altruism is one of the best human qualities and motivators for social good, but what does it need to be complemented by to create social impact?

Generosity is a beautiful human quality, but it’s not sufficient in itself. We also need to focus on effectiveness. The unfortunate reality is that a lot of the time and money we donate makes us feel like we are doing good, but doesn’t necessarily make a lasting difference. For example, giving to an orphanage might feel satisfying as we can see the real suffering we are alleviating. On the other hand, in some countries this has created an incentive for healthy parents to give up their own children in hopes they can have better lives. Even worse, kids may be kidnapped to meet the demand.

Thus, generosity must be paired with another virtue, humility. This means switchingour focus from how much we give to whether we are making a lasting impact.

How can social sector organizations apply a lean approach to thinking differently about their finance models?

One of the three pillars of social innovation is growth. The difference we make is based on both the depth and breadth of our impact. If deliver significant impact, but only for a tiny fraction of those in need, are we really moving the needle?

Too often, scale ends up being an afterthought – something organizations only consider after they have proven an intervention works. But, the engine for growth should be an essential element of the core design. If a solution works, but is too expensive to scale, it may need to be entirely redesigned and retested. Thus, Lean Impact encourages us to test our growth hypotheses early on, along with value and impact.

What challenges did you encounter and what results did you achieve when you were chief innovation officer at USAID?

As with any large institution, there is inertia both in the culture and the procedures. Change takes time. We built support by seeking out early adopters – established leaders across the organization who saw the need and were willing to take some risks – and partnered with them to adopt new technologies and new ways of working. As they started demonstrating successes, they ended up becoming our best evangelists among their peers across the agency.

How could people in the private sector benefit from reading this book?

If you’re at a private sector company that is mission-driven, Lean Impact approaches will help you deliver on both profit and purpose in a meaningful way.

Lean principles make lots of sense for organizations, but how might a socially conscious individual apply them to create social change in their own community in some small way?

Bringing Lean Impact into your community can be as simple as asking an organization you volunteer with or donate to this essential question: “How do you know what you’re doing is working and are there ways you can do even better?” Look for opportunities to question the status quo, try something different, and scale what works.

What might our world look like if everyone started applying lean principles toward social good?

I believe we’d see dramatically better solutions for the problems plaguing people and our planet. We would embrace a healthier mix between addressing short-term needs and investing in longer-term transformation. Ultimately, our pace of progress would start to catch up with the accelerating pace of change around the world.

Jennipher Walters: Fit Bottomed World CEO & Founder, Author, "The Fit Bottomed Girls Anti-Diet" & Editor-in-Chief at Fit Bottomed Girls, Fit Bottomed Mamas and Fit Bottomed Zen


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How did you get into the industry? I started teaching group exercise in 2000 after falling IN LOVE with taking classes at the University of Missouri Rec Center. It was so fun and high energy that I just had to be an instructor. After teaching for a few months, I decided to get even more education and became certified as a personal trainer. That’s really when my love for fitness started – but it wasn’t until 2007, before I got married that a lot of my own personal body image issues really came up and I learned more about body positivity, intuitive eating and mindful living. In 2008, I looked around at the magazines on the shelf and the sites on the internet for women’s health and saw a huge need for a message that wasn’t just “lose 10 pounds and get a perfect life.” I started in 2008 to get a more powerful and meaningful message to women that they are more than the number on the scale and that the first step of being healthy is loving yourself.

Career Advice? Be yourself and don’t be afraid to ask for your worth. Also? Fake it ‘til you make it – or at least fake it until you can learn it and make it. You’ve got this.C

Austin Netzley: 2X Founder/CEO & Best Selling Author


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How did you get into the industry? I had a few businesses before I got into consulting others on their business. In my first businesses, I was trying to figure it all out on my own and definitely stumbled most of the time. It was stressful… and often NOT profitable. Even though I was putting in the hours and work, I wasn’t getting very far. After having burnout and anxiety attacks, causing me to have to call 911 (thinking I was going to die), I learned that there just HAD to be a better, simpler way to becoming ’successful’ in business. So, I went on a mission to figure that out, and applied those principles to then create much stronger, simpler, better businesses. Then, once I started to get more traction myself, I saw the opportunity to start helping others do the same, as the right way I found to build a business wasn’t talked about nearly enough.

Career Advice? Some career advice I’ve learned is that it start and ends with your Vision. Where do you want to go? Who do you want to be? What does your ideal day-to-day look like? Being able to see and feel this will have you seeing things from a long-term perspective. So many get caught up in the day to day that we forget where we’re headed and what we really want. It’s not going to be all easy, and sometimes you’re going to have to roll up your sleeves and get stuff done you don’t want to do. BUT… Spending some time to get clear on your Vision will be a great guide to staying focused on creating the life and business you dream of within a short period of time. We’ve seen it over and over again, and I hope these answers help more entrepreneurs realize those goals!