Meet the champions of compassionate leadership whom we have highlighted thus far:
She was raised homeless, her parents were addicts, and she was severely bullied as a child. In her youth she suffered from debilitatingly low self-worth and fell into addiction herself at one point. She found her calling in life when she became a doula and an entrepreneur. She is now one of the highest paid doulas in the country, the CEO of her own doula agency, and she mentors thousands of women through the storm of modern day entrepreneurship and owning their power.
He was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at two years old-- his parents were told he would never walk or talk, and he is now a legendary debate and interpersonal communications teacher at Plymouth high school.. He has a cult following of hundreds of students who adore him and come back to see him 10 years after they graduate because of the connection he creates with them. He shares his weaknesses, and creates the space for them to open up about their vulnerabilities as well.
Originally from Chile she was a subject of the Pinochet dictatorship. She moved to America alone and involved herself in political theatre. She started a program called "Telling My Story" in which she combines Dartmouth students and prison inmates to create theatre pieces about their own stories and personal struggles. She facilitates the connection of the outcast and the privileged of society by showing that they all experience the same human emotions.
She lost her son, Tyler, in a car accident when he was 16 years old. She was an extremely involved and dedicated mother, and was devastated by the loss. Instead of becoming bitter from the experience, she chose to be reach out and connect with others by writing a book: “A Far Cry... From Home,” which is an fictional account from the perspective of her son, Tyler, as an angel looking down on her from heaven through her healing process.
An openly gay, Mexican sales coach with a master’s degree in Global Leadership and a dream to be the next Oprah. He changes the world every single day already, just by being a light and a voice of encouragement and love to everyone he comes into contact with. He has become a master salesman, recruiter, coach, and dancer. He doesn’t let a moment pass without giving all his love, his energy, his gifts to the people in his life.
His life's mission was realized when he became a conscientious objector in his 20's. For 47 years now he has been an advocate for peace and pacifism as the founder of "The Life Experience School," "The Peace Abbey," "Stonewalk," "The Courage of Conscience Award," and many peaceful protests, all of which center around kindness, compassion, mindfulness, peace, and joy.
She could do whatever she wants with her days, but with a heart the size of North America she feels compelled to dedicate herself to helping. She started Humble Design in Detroit, which furnishes transitional housing for the homeless. They deliver the furniture and decorate to the new family's taste with love. Because of their work, they’ve reduced the city’s amount of families that return to homelessness from 46% to 1%.
He has faced innumerable hardships as a father, having had two children under the age of 4 die in a car accident, and then having a child with CHARGE syndrome; Tim is a psychology professor in Michigan and creates intimate bonds with his students, who he trains to be both therapists and researchers and champions for the other human beings on this earth.
She was kidnapped at 19 in DC and trafficked in the sex industry for 2 years. Her story of being a prostitute, and then escaping from that life is sensational, but it’s only only the beginning for her. She wrote, directs, and stars in her own play, 7 Layers Captive, a dazzling and vulnerable self-depiction of her story, and uses that to educate people about the movement to abolish modern slavery.
He founded Couchsurfing.com. He’s also a bizarre, scientific, abundantly wild human being who dreams of calculated ways to create a world where people trust and accept each other. He has grown the CouchSurfing community to over 13 million people and is now working on an app in San Francisco called Wonder, that gives people an opportunity to give and receive honest feedback from those close to them.
As a theater and leadership teacher for the past 20 years, he's encouraged all his students to go against the grain and question authority (even his), and believe they have the power to solve problems they see and change the world. He has a dream of creating a high school experience where students learn from making mistakes, being creative, getting involved in the community, and figuring out their passions by learning how they can add value.
He's shy and originally from the Caribbean. He started a conservatory level orchestra for inner city kids in Boston for underprivileged kids who don't get the opportunity to learn to play music. He started the foundation and has dedicated his whole life to the kids he serves. Whether a person is 12 or 80 he has something to learn from them and in turn pushes the people he encounters to their best. He 100% lives his philosophy: "give your life away."
Recently retired from her career as a sales manager, we found she’s really a spiritual guide in sales manager’s clothing. Her mastery of her own fear and self-doubt has led her to a special ability to coach those on her team to act with love and conquer fear as they sell. She is fairy godmother to everyone around her, a manifestor of whatever she dreams of, the ultimate giver, her wisdom is healing and profound.