Georgina Bloomberg: Philanthropist, Equestrian, Animal Activist & Founder, The Rider's Closet

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My Tip of the Day: Be nice to all people. It took me 30 years to realize the importance of this and how helpful it is in life.

What should everyone try at least once? Hands on volunteer work. It amazes me how many people have never actually gotten involved in anything good or meaningful. Even if you don’t have a cause that you naturally gravitate to or feel strongly about, everyone should be helping the world in some way and feel the satisfaction of actually getting involved with something. Go work in a soup kitchen, walk a dog at a shelter, or even collect donations for an organization. There are endless ways to be involved and I know so many good people who have never done even the simplest things which is shocking to me. The feeling of knowing you have actually helped someone or something is addictive and wonderful, and I think something that would make the world a better place if more people experienced and realized how good it feels to do even the easiest of good deeds.

Duane Silverstein: Seacology Executive Director

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What do you love most about Your City? I live in a small town just north of Berkeley, CA in the middle of the San Francisco Bay Area.  I have all the advantages of a university town and a vibrant cosmopolitan city.  At the same time my town is a bit like the Cheers bar.  The shopkeepers and restaurant staff know my name.  Additionally I can walk to over 30 restaurants and rarely have to use my car.

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account? My favorite app is tripadvisor.  I travel frequently to remote islands and tripadvisor helps me plan my trips.

My favorite Instagram account is @seacology_photos

What should everyone try at least once? Snorkeling.  I am now an avid scuba diver. The first time I snorkeled the beauty of the coral reefs and fish changed my life and influenced my career.

Where do you enjoy getting lost? On any island anywhere at any time.  Islands are not only beautiful but the people are extremely friendly.

Claire Babineaux-Fontenot: Feeding America CEO

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My Deed of the Day: See someone new today—don’t look past anyone.

My Tip of the Day: Gratitude is an Action

What do you love most about Your City? Its diversity. Chicago has over 70 diverse neighborhoods. It’s so full of unique people with different lifestyles, interests and contributions.  Oh, did I mention the food? Chicago has taught me that there’s more to pizza here than deep dish and that there’s more to the Chicago food scene than pizza!

What should everyone try at least once? Boudin! It’s a delicious, spicy Creole/Cajun sausage from my hometown of Opelousas, Louisiana.

Caroline Byrd: Greater Yellowstone Coalition Executive Director

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My Tip of the Day: Stay calm, you’ll get off the plane and your bag will find you.

What do you love most about Your City? Access to countless mountain trails and river miles.

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant? Lots of fresh fruit, really good whole milk yogurt and fresh-made granola. The Emerson Grill, it’s in an old school building that’s been converted to a community art center.

Tina Nguyen: Taco Bell Foundation Executive Director

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My Goal of the Day: Raise money and awareness for the Taco Bell Foundation

What drink do you need to get through the day? Champagne

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account? Chanel official

What should everyone try at least once? Meditate for 5 minutes

Irene Michaels: Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Equestrian & Beauty/Lifestyle Expert

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My Tip of the Day: Keep a childlike attitude and be a good listener 

What should everyone try at least once? Get up on stage. There is no rush like it. I have been performing for years and I never get tired of it. 

What do you love most about Your City?  I love the beauty of Chicago – the architecture keeps my eyes engaged and inspires me creatively. The people of this fine city put all of their time intowork, family and fun. I love all the city year-round, but the summers is when the city really shines, with concerts in the park, packed rooftops and more festivals than you know what to do with.

Maya K. van Rossum: Delaware Riverkeeper

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What advice would you have for young people who are concerned about the future of our environment and want to take up this cause? The advice I give to every young person is to stay true to yourself—to your beliefs and goals—and don’t ever let anyone tell you any different. When I was about to graduate law school, I watched so many of my classmates who professed their passion for the environment immediately sell out and start working for firms that defended polluters. They justified this by saying that they were going to go make money for the next five years, pay off their school loans, and then come back to fight for the earth.

Mariama Noguera-Devers: Art Start Programs Manager

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My Goal of the Day: Do one thing that brings a smile to your face whether it’s listening to a good song or checking your favorite social media account for a new meme

My Action of the Day: Look for or follow up on opportunities for Art Start youth and programs

What should everyone try at least once? Authentic food from Trinidad and Tobago. Yes I’m biased, but one taste is all you need and you’re hooked!

Art delaCruz: Team Rubicon COO

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My Action of the Day: Make a difference for somebody in the world.

My Deed of the Day: Contributing to Team Rubicon’s mission to help people impacted by disasters.

What should everyone try at least once? Everyone in the world should experience aerobatic flight.

Abby Falik: Global Citizen Year CEO & Founder

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My Goal of the Day: To practice what we teach at Global Citizen Year: leaving our comfort zones, putting curiosity before judgement, and taking risks that advance equity and inclusion.  

My Tip of the Day: Work-life alignment matters more than work-life balance, and self-care is key to productivity and happiness.

Where do you enjoy getting lost?  I love getting lost in good books, joyful moments with my boys, and the Berkeley hills. In 2000, I stopped out of college and moved to Salvador, Brazil with a backpack, a book of Portuguese verbs and the name of an NGO I hoped to work for (which, it turned out, didn’t exist). The experience of getting lost repeatedly and of forging my way in a new city stretched me in ways that changed who I was, and shaped who I am.  

Nancy Stellway: Take Stock in Children Palm Beach Executive Director

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My Thought of the Day: I  am so appreciative for my amazing team at Take Stock in Children who work so hard to do the right things for kids.

My Action of the Day: Focusing has been a struggle today but once everyone leaves today I will finish my work before heading home.

What do you love most about Your City? I was born and raised in Palm Beach County. After moving away and living in California for over 10 years, I returned to Palm Beach County to raise my children.  Palm Beach County is so incredily beautiful complete with palm trees, over 20 miles of beautiful beaches and incredible weather.  From the island of Palm Beach to our agricultural areas in Belle Glade and Pahokee, our populations are extremely diverse as is the income disparity.  Yet our community continues to amaze me with their generosity to lift up others.  

Brandon Brown: The Mind Trust CEO

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My Goal of the Day: Maximize the opportunities in front of us to make one more day of progress to ensure more kids in our city have access to a great school.

My Tip of the Day: Assume the best in others.  It makes for a more joyful and hopeful existence.

What do you love most about Your City?  Indianapolis is a city that consistently punches above its weight class.  A few decades ago, we made up our mind that we were going to be the Sports Capital of the World… and we did it.  We have a long track record of incredible mayors who tackled big ideas and consistently built off of each other’s success.  We are a burgeoning tech hub, a place where public-private partnerships are part of our DNA, and a city where people truly embody “Midwestern Nice.”  Most importantly, though, we are the best positioned city in the country to transform our education system so that every student has access to a great public school.

Jesse Hahnel: The National Center for Youth Law Executive Director

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My Goal of the Day: Every child receives the supports and opportunities they need to thrive.

Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant? An everything bagel with whitefish salad, tomatoes, onion and pepper and a tall glass of carrot juice, eaten at home, with my family.

What are you doing at 10:00 AM – Who knows. One of the favorite parts of my job is that it’s so diverse – every day, and every hour, brings something different: legislative strategy, litigation decision-making, running through financials, meeting with partners, speaking with reporters…

Susan Rockefeller: Philanthropist & Founder & EIC, Musings Magazine

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My Action of the Day: Inspire hope through my actions and my work with my digital newsletter, Musings.

My Tip of the Day: Keep moving your body. Make sure to get up, stretch, and walk. The best way to stay healthy is to move.

What do you love most about Your City? I love New York’s architectural beauty andthe amount of clean air and water it has for a city of its size. I also love the diversity of amazing art institutions that it offers, and that it acts as a magnet for global convening.

What are you doing at 7:00 PM – I’m hopefully home! My husband and I often have after work engagements such as art openings or talks at the Council on Foreign Relations, but we always aim to be at our apartment for dinner by 8pm.  

Carole J. Wacey: President & CEO, Women’s City Club of New York

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My Goal of the Day: My goal most days is to do good and have fun. I work with amazing people at Women’s City Club of New York, all of whom are working hard to promote civic engagement and equality in our city, so I am fortunate that I get to do good and have fun every day!

My Tip of the Day: Make a memory (or many) every day—staying present and cherishing moments makes a day worth living!

What are you doing at: 10:00 AM – On a weekday, I am likely meeting with someone at Women’s City Club to discuss partnerships, advocacy, events, strategic planning, communications, or a variety of other topics. The organization was founded by suffragettes over 100 years ago, and today we are moving in a bold new direction to help more women become changemakers in New York City.

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

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

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

Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?  OutdoorCity

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

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

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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.  

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,

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

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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.

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.

What should everyone try at least once? Go to a truck show ... you’ll never forget it.

Susan McPherson: Founder & CEO, McPherson Strategies

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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 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.

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!



Eszter Harsányi: Co-Founder, MagikMe

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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. 

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. 

What should everyone try at least once? To stand up for human rights