Bonnie Tyler invented the Negg to peel eggs. She never anticipated counterfeiters on Amazon were waiting to pounce.
Angela McIver launched Trapezium Math Club to help boost kids’ math skills. In the U.S., children’s math scores lag far behind their international peers.
Erin Keaney of Nonspec is on a mission to make prosthetics affordable around the world — and that means using medical-grade plastic.
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.
Julie Kerwin launched I Am Elemental to combat all those hypersexualized girl superheroes. She didn’t anticipate her newfound fans.
Cindy Laba and Marsha Feinberg of Beacon Academy want kids from low-income backgrounds to thrive at the best private high schools.
Claudia Mirza came to the U.S. to reunite with her father. While she’s found success, she says immigration is painful.
Deborah Shore of Sasha Bruce Youthwork has worked with homeless young people for 45 years. The work is not easy.
Dianne Berkun Menaker’s Brooklyn Youth Chorus is tackling everything from race and identity to gender and sexuality — and making students’ voices heard.
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 co-founded We Care Solar, which makes solar suitcases that light deliveries in health centers where electricity is scarce.
After setbacks and scandal, Pamela Marrone of Marrone Bio Innovations is staging a comeback developing alternatives to dangerous pesticides.
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 is no hobbyist beekeeper. Her Beez Kneez has multiple sources of revenue, and a pedal-powered invention is up next.
Kate Curran took a series of calculated steps to make a midlife career change and rediscover her purpose.