American Express and Ashoka Launch Campaign to Support Social Entrepreneurs around the World

American Express and Ashoka Launch Campaign to Support Forty-five Future Leaders of Social Change

American Express, in partnership with Ashoka Changemakers®, is recognizing 45 social entrepreneurs as top innovators in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. They are most likely the next generation of leaders that will work to solve some of the world’s most critical challenges.

“The strength of our global society depends on the work of passionate innovators who can respond to the needs of our communities,” said Timothy J. McClimon , president of American Express Foundation. “These 45 young entrepreneurs have channeled their empathy and commitment to create solutions that are currently changing lives throughout North America.”

The innovators will attend the American Express Emerging Innovators Leadership Boot Camp in their respective countries where they will have the opportunity to seek guidance from leaders including president of American Express’ U.S. Consumer Services Group, Josh Silverman; Ashoka Fellows Charles Best, Molly Barker, Tonya Surman, George Roter and Ai Jen Poo; author and entrepreneur, Seth Godin; and Huffington Post Media Group Chief of Staff, Koda Wang .

The two-day Boot Camps in New York City, Toronto, and Mexico City are part of the American Express Emerging Innovators campaign, which aims to accelerate and highlight the ideas of tomorrow’s leaders through training, mentorship, promotion, and collaboration. An online campaign which can be accessed here will feature videos, interviews, and insights from the 45 innovators, as well as notable thought leaders who will share their knowledge and advice about leadership, social change, and entrepreneurship. The campaign will be translated into both Spanish and English.

The American Express Emerging Innovators are:

United States
Adam Lowy, Move For Hunger
Andrew Posner, Capital Good Fund
Cristi Hegranes, Global Press Institute
Curt Bowen, Semilla Nueva
Danielle Miller, Cell-Ed
Dante Cassanego, Juntos Finanzas
Jason Young, Mindblown Labs
Kalsoom Lakhani, Invest2Innovate
Lisa Curtis, Kuli Kuli
Manjula Dissanayake, Educate Lanka
Maurya Couvares, ScriptEd
Sara Potler, Move This World
Shivani Siroya, InVenture
Sombit Mishra, QMedic
Tinia Pina, Re-Nuble

Abid Virani, Hope in The Fight Productions Inc.
Asha Suppiah, Enviro Spinnovations
Athena Theny, Athena Atelier
Corey Cook, Mino Bimaadiziwin “The Good Life”
Katie Jeanes, A Little More Good
Kelly Lovell, My Clean City
Patrick Shannon, Project Gwali
Robyn Ashwell, Shift Delivery
Saksham Uppal, Social Spark
Scott Oldford, FundUni
Simon Pickup, Youth Hydrogen
Sonam Swarup, Fusion Kitchen
Tara Mahoney, Gen Why Media Project
Taylor Conroy, Change Heroes
Yang (Linda) Liu, Sprouts

Alejandro Maza, Yo Propongo
Ana Lucia Cepeda, VidaMujer
Areli Rojas, Quien Habla por Mí
Citlali Salas, Mision Planeta
David Hernandez, CAPTAS
Gregorio Desgarennes, Hub Oaxaca
Hector Elizondo, yoReciclo
Jesus Gastelum, GC Ingenieria Social
Jesus Herrera, Conciencia Hídrica y WETnology Challenge
Juana Jurado, tuOla
Marco Vinicio Barcena, Red Mexicana de Debate
Marisol Campos, Fundacion Rayuela para la Cultura A.C.
Nancy Amado, Trascendiendo con Resilencia y Dignidad A.C.
Pedro Agustin Gomez, Proyecto METAS

American Express: Developing New Leaders for Tomorrow
One of American Express’ three platforms for its philanthropy is Developing New Leaders for Tomorrow. Under this giving initiative, which recognizes the significance of strong leadership in the nonprofit and sectors, American Express is making grants focused on training high potential emerging leaders to tackle important issues in the 21st century. More than 10,000 emerging nonprofit and social sector leaders worldwide have benefitted from American Express leadership programs. Launched in 2008, the American Express Leadership Academy addresses the growing deficit of leadership talent in the nonprofit sector. The Academy brings together emerging leaders from a diverse set of nonprofit, social sector and non-governmental organizations.

About American Express
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Ashoka Changemakers is a community of action that connects social entrepreneurs around the globe to share ideas, inspire, and mentor each other. Through its online collaborative competitions and Open Growth platform, is one of the world’s most robust spaces for launching, discussing, and funding ideas to solve the world’s most pressing social problems. Changemakers builds on Ashoka’s three-decade history and belief that we all have the ability to be a changemaker. Ashoka is the global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs—more than 2,500 men and women with system-changing solutions for the world’s most urgent social problems.

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SOURCE: Ashoka’s Changemakers