American Express and Ashoka Launch Campaign to Support Forty-five Future Leaders of Social Change PR Newswire WASHINGTON, May 7, 2013 WASHINGTON, May 7, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --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: oAdam Lowy,Move For Hunger oAndrew Posner, Capital Good Fund oCristi Hegranes, Global Press Institute oCurt Bowen, Semilla Nueva oDanielle Miller, Cell-Ed oDante Cassanego,Juntos Finanzas oJason Young,Mindblown Labs oKalsoom Lakhani, Invest2Innovate oLisa Curtis, Kuli Kuli oManjula Dissanayake, Educate Lanka oMaurya Couvares,ScriptEd oSara Potler, Move This World oShivani Siroya, InVenture oSombit Mishra,QMedic oTinia Pina,Re-Nuble Canada: oAbid Virani, Hope in The Fight Productions Inc. oAsha Suppiah, Enviro Spinnovations oAthena Theny, Athena Atelier oCorey Cook, Mino Bimaadiziwin "The Good Life" oKatie Jeanes, A Little More Good oKelly Lovell, My Clean City oPatrick Shannon, Project Gwali oRobyn Ashwell, Shift Delivery oSaksham Uppal, Social Spark oScott Oldford, FundUni oSimon Pickup, Youth Hydrogen oSonam Swarup, Fusion Kitchen oTara Mahoney, Gen Why Media Project oTaylor Conroy, Change Heroes oYang (Linda) Liu, Sprouts Mexico: oAlejandro Maza, Yo Propongo oAna Lucia Cepeda, VidaMujer oAreli Rojas, Quien Habla por Mí oCitlali Salas, Mision Planeta oDavid Hernandez, CAPTAS oGregorio Desgarennes, Hub Oaxaca oHector Elizondo, yoReciclo oJesus Gastelum, GC Ingenieria Social oJesus Herrera, Conciencia Hídrica y WETnology Challenge oJuana Jurado, tuOla oMarco Vinicio Barcena, Red Mexicana de Debate oMarisol Campos, Fundacion Rayuela para la Cultura A.C. oMonica Seoane, NUSCAA TIERRA NUEVA oNancy Amado, Trascendiendo con Resilencia y Dignidad A.C. oPedro 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 American Express is a global services company, providing customers with access to products, insights and experiences that enrich lives and build business success.Learn more at americanexpress.com and connect with us on facebook.com/americanexpress, foursquare.com/americanexpress, linkedin.com/companies/american-express, twitter.com/americanexpress, and youtube.com/americanexpress. Key links to products and services: charge and credit cards, business credit cards, travel services, gift cards, prepaid cards, merchant services, business travel, and corporate card. 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, Changemakers.com 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. Contact: Caitlin M Lowie American Express Caitlin.M.Lowie@aexp.com 212-640-2921 Contact:Smita Satiani Ashoka Changemakers email@example.com 714-269-8299 www.Changemakers.com http://pulse.changemakers.com/campaigns/social-investment/2013/05/2013-american-express-emerging-innovators/ SOURCE Ashoka's Changemakers Website: http://pulse.changemakers.com/
American Express and Ashoka Launch Campaign to Support Forty-five Future Leaders of Social Change
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