How One Founder and Social Innovator Makes Magic Happen

Lisa Mae Brunson is bringing women and minorities to the forefront of technology. And she’s using the technology they create to change the world.

The technology Lisa Mae and her team create tackle issues of equality, diversity and disconnection in humanity. What does this look like? In a recent hackathon hosted by Wonder Women Hacks, the company Lisa Mae founded, the winning team created an app that addresses human trafficking.

For Lisa Mae, social good is the backbone for all her initiatives. It hasn’t been easy for Lisa Mae–she’s dealt with little recognition and no funding. In our interview, Lisa Mae explains how she stays motivated, why she encourages people to mentor and support one another and what it truly takes to succeed as a female founder (warning: it involves only 4 or 5 hours of sleep a night!).

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International Development and Social Justice Advocates

This week we’re featuring community members who believe in promoting social justice around the world through sustainable development.

Harold Pliszka completed a Masters in Social Work this year specializing in International and Community Development. Harold is passionate about social justice and promoting equality for all people and their communities.

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Passport To China

欢迎到中国!

This week we travel to China through Fred, Yanni, Joe and Olive’s pages. China is one of the most represented and fastest-growing countries in our community.

Fred S. Teng, whose photo heads off this post, is the CEO of NewsChina and the chairman of the Hong Kong Association of New York. Fred is a Huffington Post commentator specializing in US-China relations.

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Chefs and Culinary Masters

This week we highlight chefs and culinary masters. Yuda, Anders, Jessica and Andres have innovative techniques that mirror their philosophies on art and cuisine.

Yuda Galis, whose photo heads off this post, is a world-renowned chef with experiences working as the leading chef for some of the world’s top restaurants. Yuda studied at Hadassah Culinary Arts College in Jerusalem, Israel.

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How One Pianist Expresses Her Most Vibrant Self

Sunny Choi hasn’t always felt comfortable expressing herself.

Sunny moved to the United States from South Korea as a kid who was unaccustomed to emotional vulnerability and self-expression. Sunny found her own voice through music, but not until she branched outside of the classical music genre.

Inspired by her own journey, Sunny started Artistic Pi, a curriculum of contemporary piano music that encourages self-expression and individuality. In our interview, Sunny describes her ambitious daily schedule (which includes recording one performance video a week!), her experiences with culture shock as a kid and her goals for the future.

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Welcome Veronica Belmont to Our Board of Directors

Today, we’re thrilled to announce that Veronica Belmont has joined our Board of Directors, lending her expertise and leadership as we gear up for some exciting product updates. Veronica is an amazing talent, bringing sharp technological knowledge and experience as a pioneer in personal branding and social media.

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#aboutmeLIVE with Entrepreneur, Podcaster + Author Lewis Howes

We sat down with entrepreneur, podcast host, and author of The School of Greatness, Lewis Howes for #aboutmeLIVE.

As a business coach and former athlete, Lewis helps others achieve greatness. Lewis has been recognized by President Obama as one of the top 100 entrepreneurs in the country under 30. He is also an angel investor and advisor to startup companies.

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One Photographer’s Beautiful Technique That Captures Moments In Time

Jeff Hodsdon knows how to capture feeling.

And he’s doing it through moving portraits. Jeff’s mastered the art of photos that move, but only slightly. With Instagram video, Jeff captures singular moments through multiple frames.

In our interview, Jeff describes how he got his start in photography, why you should treat your camera like a pen, and the importance of shooting when moved by a positive feeling. Jeff is taking over our Instagram feed this week, so be sure to follow along.

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Travelers and Consultants

This week we’re highlighting travelers and consultants from around the globe. Art, Angel, Ankur and Birgit are sharp decision makers who love to travel. From founding their own innovative companies to counseling some of the world’s most profitable companies, these community members are a talented group.

Art Jonak is a leadership expert, speaker and world traveler. Art has been to over 80 countries and is a proud husband and father of two.

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How One Company Is Creating Global Change By Helping People Hear

When Bridget Hilton co-founded LSTN, her mission was simple: change the world through sound. So far, this dynamic audio company with a purpose is doing exactly that.

LSTN sells headphones, speakers and earbuds that are created from real exotic wood. Every time someone purchases a LSTN product, proceeds are donated to provide hearing aids to someone in need through the Starkey Hearing Foundation. Since far LSTN has helped more than 20,000 across the world people hear.

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