Mala Singh: EVP & Chief People Officer, Electronic Arts

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Biggest Success?

I think my biggest success so far, and while it’s not over yet, is that I’m raising globally conscious kids. They travel, they are open, they are curious. For example, when we spent eight days in Japan,my kids didn’t have a single Western meal during the entire time, it affirmed that they are growing up with a genuine appreciation for other cultures and different experiences They walked away from the Japan trip with a list of all the other places they want explore.

Most Challenging Moment?

I am a proud product of immigration. I was born in Guyana, South America. I’m of Indian origin, three generations removed from India. My ancestors were indentured servants during the British Empire.  When they abolished slavery, they moved Indians to many of the other as laborers. Entire villages of people of Indian descent moved to places like Africa, Fiji, England, the Caribbean, and British Guyana. After British Independence, Guyana deteriorated in pretty dramatic ways and most Guyanese citizens who had any means, left. My family left Guyana, and we settled into working-class New Jersey just outside of New York, into what was a very difficult situation. We struggled financially, we were the only kids of color in our school system at the time, both parents were gone working most of the day and overall, life was super-challenging.

Michelle Wing: Founder, It's Yoga Kids®

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Biggest Success?

My biggest success to date is ensuring my family and It’s Yoga Kids® thrive! When we opened in 2005, we had a 3 year old, and a new baby. Very few kids in the community had been exposed to Yoga. With three years of research and development to teach Yoga to kids safely and successfully, and our life savings invested, we were optimistic, but uncertain. Kids LOVED it, but we had to work very hard to educate parents and educators about its benefits, and why Yoga should be a priority for child development. Over a decade later, we have taught and trained over a thousand teachers and families worldwide and It’s Yoga Kids® is becoming a thought leader and influencer for children’s wellness.

Motto?

My mother learned from her mother, and taught me, This Too Shall Pass. It’s as good reminder that nothing is permanent. My dad taught me, Attitude Determines Altitude, and to always find ways to make things work. My husband reminds me to Relax And Win. These happen to be his initials. 😉

Linn Renee Sivertsen: Broker, The Agency

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Biggest Success?

Moving from a small town in Norway to London and eventually settling down in Los Angeles. I am truly living the American dream! Oh, and I just sold over $14 million in home sales in the past month!

Most Challenging Moment?

The first few home sales in real estate were the hardest to accomplish. Later on, everything became easier and even more fun! I work hard but I also try not to overwork myself. I seek balance. I try to live in the present and follow the signs the Universe sends me, so many times I do pivot, switch tactics and take unconventional steps that land me some great success stories.

Motto?

‘’Treat others how you want to be treated.’’

Hamoon Ekhtiari: Founder & CEO, Audacious Futures, FutureFit AI

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Biggest Success?

Yet to come but clear on what it would look like: a full year during which 1,000 people would directly attribute a lasting improvement in their lives in part to something I did and 0 people see me as responsible for a negative impact on their lives.

Most Challenging Moment?

Finish work Friday @ 6PM, pack my life on Saturday, land in a country where I didn’t know a single person on Sunday.

Motto?

Fall in love with the problem, not your solution. Build at the intersection of YesAND not EitherOR. Your best is always good enough and you can always do better.

Christian Palmer: CEO & Founder, ScoopU

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My Biggest Success?

Aside from forming ScoopU, which, although we have yet to turn a profit at the moment, is easily my biggest success at the moment, while I was 17 and 18 years old, I had a solid season, breaking Knowshon Moreno’s single-season touchdown record in New Jersey – he scored 40 in one season, whereas I was lucky enough to be surrounded by a great group of both players and coaches who pushed and enabled me to cross the endzone 44 times through the air or ground attack. Then, after this season, our school closed, and the community was called on to raise $1,000,000 to keep the school open. Mater Dei Prep is still open to this day, thanks to the school community raising the money necessary refusing to allow its doors to close.

Dr. Shainna Ali: Mental health clinician, Educator & Advocate

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My Biggest Success?

I am happy to reflect on many privileges I have been lucky to have in this lifetime. If I had to choose just one, I would say that my biggest personal success would be earning my doctoral degree. While I was fortunate to be emotionally supported by my loved ones, this feat is a challenge that I endeavored on my own, with the motivations of personal growth and ability to help others in the future, and conquered that hurdle independently. While I can look back with gratitude for this achievement, I am also thankful for the obstacles I faced during that time that taught me about my personal character, mental endurance, and self-worth.

My Motto?

Perspective is power.

Adrien Finkel: Author of "My Naked Truth" & Photographer, writer, producer

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Adrien Finkel is the author of My Naked Truth, as well as a photographer, writer, and producer based in Los Angeles, California. When not producing Funny or Die, Adrien devotes her time to My Naked Truth Project, a