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

   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:

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


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


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

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, 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   

Contact: Smita Satiani 
Ashoka Changemakers 

SOURCE Ashoka's Changemakers

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