Beacon Academy, Boston MA

Disrupting the Stereotype of ‘Scholarship Kids’

Cindy Laba and Marsha Feinberg of Beacon Academy want kids from low-income backgrounds to thrive at the best private high schools.

Janie's Cakes

This Texas Bakery Makes 26,000 Poundcakes a Year – and Survived a Vanilla Bust

Janie’s Cakes operates out of a small city in East Texas. But its production is impacted by severe weather around the world and other unexpected challenges.

What This Powerful Woman Has Done for Thailand Women’s Soccer Is Incredible

Without Nualphan Lamsam’s help, Thailand’s women’s national team may never have made it to the World Cup.

Claudia Mirza Akorbi

A Successful Entrepreneur Shares What It’s Really Like to Be an Immigrant

Claudia Mirza came to the U.S. to reunite with her father. While she’s found success, she says immigration is painful.

Sasha Bruce Youthworks

How a ‘Champion of Change’ Stays Inspired, Even on Soul-Crushing Days

Deborah Shore of Sasha Bruce Youthwork has worked with homeless young people for 45 years. The work is not easy.

JJ Ramberg Goodshop

JJ Ramberg on the End of ‘Your Business’ and What’s Ahead

The former MSNBC TV host, who also runs socially conscious company Goodshop, talks about her career and what excites her.

Dianne Berkun Menaker
Working With Kids

Thanks to This Musical Disrupter, the Chorus Is No Longer a ‘Uniblob’

Dianne Berkun Menaker’s Brooklyn Youth Chorus is tackling everything from race and identity to gender and sexuality — and making students’ voices heard.

Scarlett Lewis lost her son Jesse Lewis in the Sandy Hook school shooting. That loss inspired her nonprofit.
Education

After the Sandy Hook Shooting Took Her Son, a Mom Finds a Mission

What do you do when loss upends your life? Scarlett Lewis’s nonprofit aims to prevent school shootings by bringing social and emotional learning to schools.

Laura Stachel, founder of We Care Solar, makes solar suitcases that save pregnant women’s lives
Health & Wellness

When Pain Derailed This Doctor’s Career, She Started a $5 Million Nonprofit That Saves Pregnant Women’s Lives Around the World

Laura Stachel co-founded We Care Solar, which makes solar suitcases that light deliveries in health centers where electricity is scarce.

Pam Marrone Bio-Innovations
Environment

An Insect Lover Builds an $18 Million Natural Pest Control Company

After setbacks and scandal, Pamela Marrone of Marrone Bio Innovations is staging a comeback developing alternatives to dangerous pesticides.

Muttville
Animal Business

How to Seriously Make a Difference Through Your Work

Sure, you could have a safe and secure job in any old profession. But if you’re looking to make an impact, consider starting a social enterprise.

Kristy Allen beekeeper and founder of Beez Kneez
Animal Business

This Minneapolis Beekeeper Is Building a Thriving Business

Kristy Allen is no hobbyist beekeeper. Her Beez Kneez has multiple sources of revenue, and a pedal-powered invention is up next.

Nonprofit Founders

Feeling Lost, She Quit Her Corporate Job, Started a Social Enterprise and Reinvented Her Life

Kate Curran took a series of calculated steps to make a midlife career change and rediscover her purpose.

Rana Dajani We Love Reading
Working With Kids

Why a Jordanian Scientist Is on a Mission to Get Kids to Read for Pleasure

Rana Dajani has raised millions of dollars, trained thousands of volunteers, and worked with an estimated 100,000 kids to foster a love of reading.

Celeste Mergens Days for GIrls
Girls & Women

Why This Nonprofit Cares About Periods. And How Meghan Markle Might Help

Around the world, girls miss school because of stigmas about menstruation, or because they don’t have feminine-hygiene supplies. Days for Girls wants to change that.

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