Blog Posts & Magazine Articles

Ridhwan Kahn, Trailblazer of Sub-$100 Smart Phones, is honored as South Africa’s EY Entrepreneur Of The Year (executive profile)

Just 17 years ago, a young Ridhwan Khan was pounding pavement and knocking on doors. He had an idea that South Africa was ripe for low-cost cell phones. Through grit and persistence, he went from packaging refurbished phones one at a time to launching Mobicel, which makes and sells 19 million mobile devices a year. Khan’s inspirational story of evolving from a solo sales maverick into the CEO of South Africa’s top-selling cell phone brand has garnered him the title of EY World Entrepreneur Of T

Communities of Courage: a day of inspiration for education leaders at Facebook HQ (Facebook Education)

Co-hosted by Facebook Education and the National School Climate Center (NSCC), the Communities of Courage summit brought together leaders from schools, universities, government agencies, education-related nonprofits and advocacy organizations, including a number of student-run groups. The goal was to discuss ideas and best practices around creating educational experiences that are safe, inclusive, and engaging for students in P-12 schools.

The James Beard Foundation: Good Food For Good (executive profile)

If you were to receive an invitation to The James Beard Awards — known as the “Oscars of the food world”— you’d clear your schedule to be there. The red carpet … the food … the fame … did we mention the food? There’s nothing else like it. Chefs are honored like auteurs and those who receive the coveted awards often become legends. The annual gala is just one of hundreds of events the James Beard Foundation (JBF) hosts each year.

José Shabot Cherem, Mexico’s EY Entrepreneur Of The Year, Makes Education Accessible And Cities More Livable (executive profile)

José “Pepe” Shabot Cherem is a serial entrepreneur who has started six nonprofit organizations and more than a dozen for-profit ventures in Mexico City. At age 34, Pepe embodies the notion of a “growth mindset.” A YPO member who is always finding new ways to improve people’s lives, Pepe creates synergies among his companies, new entrepreneurs and even competitors.

Twitter #Music: Should You Play? (news article)

Twitter #Music: Should You Play? By Carri Bugbee The debut of Twitter #Music (yes, the official product name is a hashtag) was big news last week. Twitter aimed high in its quest for pop culture popularity by rolling it out to celebrities the week before and then giving the scoop about the public launch to Good Morning America (which led to a bit of carping on popular tech blogs that normally cover this stuff first). This is one more sign that Twitter aims to be your media hub and the arbiter of entertainment trends.

Philanthropist Jim Estill Helps Refugees Start Fresh In Canada

Like many of us, Jim Estill saw the horrors of the Syrian civil war in the media during summer 2015. The shocking images of the small Syrian boy found face-down on a beach in Turkey were broadcast around the world that September. It was a crystallizing moment for Estill. The boy’s family had reportedly been planning to immigrate to Canada when their boat capsized in the Mediterranean Sea. Estill felt compelled to do something. The Canadian government had already committed to taking in Syrian re