FoST For Good


Jose Antonio Vargas
Founder & CEO, Define American
Jose Antonio Vargas is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist, filmmaker, and media entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of Define American, which uses storytelling to humanize the conversation around immigration, citizenship, and identity in America.

Ronald Newman
Director of Strategic Initiatives, Political Advocacy Department at the American Civil Liberties Union
Ronald Newman is director of strategic initiatives in the National Political Advocacy Department at the American Civil Liberties Union, where his work focuses on issues related to immigration and national security, as well as the development of innovative initiatives and campaigns that cut across the full spectrum of ACLU issues.

Jodie Van Horn
Director, Sierra Club
Jodie Van Horn is the director of Sierra Club's Ready for 100 Campaign, leading work to accelerate a transition to 100% clean, renewable energy across the United States.

Jim Halloran
Chief Digital Officer, GLAAD
Jim Halloran is the Chief Digital Officer at GLAAD, the world’s largest media advocacy organization for the LGBT community. His work focuses on human rights on digital platforms.

Dawn Laguens
Executive Vice President and Chief Brand and Experience Officer , Planned Parenthood Federation of America
Dawn Laguens, executive vice president and chief brand and experience Officer of Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, works every day to uphold Planned Parenthood's commitment to care, no matter what, for their patients, advocates, and supporters nationwide.

Seth Andrew
Global Director of Policy & Partnerships, Bridge International Academies
Seth Andrew is a serial social entrepreneur, having founded Democracy Prep, Democracy Builders, REV, and Washington Leadership Academy. He now leads policy and partnerships for the world’s largest network of schools for families earning less than $2 per day.

Geena Rocero
Model and Founder, Gender Proud
Geena Rocero’s story begins in Manila, where she grew up poor but among a loving and supportive family. She began competing in beauty pageants at fifteen and immigrated to the United States at seventeen. When she was twenty-one, she was discovered by a fashion photographer at a New York restaurant on the Lower East Side. For the next twelve years, she built a successful career as a fashion model. She decided to “come out” during a 2014 TED talk to bring more visibility to the transgender community.

Samantha Wright
VP, Global Programs, Girl Rising
As Vice President of Global Programs, Samantha Wright sets the vision for how to best use Girl Rising storytelling to enable community-led change around the world. She is currently leading the setup of Girl Rising India. Wright was previously based in China as Managing Director of TEDxBeijing. Prior to that, she worked with the UN World Food Programme in Laos targeting emergency food assistance.

Corinne Woods
Senior Adviros, United Nations and United Nations Foundation
Corinne Woods currently serves as Senior Adviser to the United Nations and United Nations Foundation focusing on the post-2015 Development Agenda. She has been a key player in the transition and strategic implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). She has helped to foster and create global partnerships with various organizations, Fortune 500 companies, and corporate sectors, fueling support for the SDG’s Campaign—more widely known as Global Goals Campaign—by strengthening corporate social responsibility and increasing outreach and advocacy through social and conventional media.

Shaka Senghor
Director of Strategy and Innovation, #Cut50
Shaka Senghor is a writer, mentor, and motivational speaker whose story has inspired youth and young adults at high schools, universities, and conferences across the nation. He is a recipient of the 2012 Black Male Engagement (BMe) Leadership Award and now serves as National Outreach Representative for BMe. He is a 2013 MIT Media Lab Director’s Fellow, a Fellow in the inaugural class of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Community Leadership Network, and teaches at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. In 2014, Shaka shared his story on the world-renowned TED stage, and in just four months his talk reached more than one million views. Shaka currently serves as Director of Strategy and Innovation for #Cut50, which aims to reduce the incarcerated population in the United States by 50 percent over the next ten years.

Daniel Goleman & Timothy Shriver
Author, Emotional Intelligence & Chairman, Special Olympics
Daniel Goleman is an internationally known author, psychologist, and journalist. His 1995 book, Emotional Intelligence, was on the New York Times bestseller list for more than a year. Goleman has also written books on topics including self-deception, creativity, transparency, meditation, social and emotional learning, and the ecological crisis. His most recent book, A Force For Good, outlines the Dalai Lama’s vision for transforming the world in positive ways.

Timothy Shriver is Chairman of Special Olympics, and in that capacity he happily serves together with over four million Special Olympics athletes in more than 170 countries. Previously, Shriver was a leading educator focusing on the social and emotional factors of learning. In 1994, he cofounded CASEL, the world’s leading school reform organization in the field of social, emotional, and academic learning.

Meg Galloway Goldthwaite
CMO, Conservation International
Meg Galloway Goldthwaite serves as Conservation International’s Chief Marketing Officer. She is CI’s storyteller, spreading awareness of its core belief that nature doesn’t need people, people need nature.

Goldthwaite joined Conservation International from Women for Women International, where she served as Senior Director of Strategy and Innovation. Prior to that, she was Vice President for Marketing and Communications for the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, where she helped Haiti tell its hopeful stories of smart, sustainable economic development. At the World Wildlife Fund, she brought Earth Hour—WWF’s signature initiative—to the United States in 2008, growing US participation to more than 80 million by 2010.

Justin Dillon
CEO, Made in a Free World
Justin Dillon is an artist, entrepreneur, public speaker, and abolitionist. He is the founder and CEO of Made In A Free World, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ending forced labor, human trafficking, and modern-day slavery through increased public awareness, action, and advocacy.

In 2008, Justin made his directorial debut in the film Call + Response, which revealed the world’s 27 million dirtiest secrets: there are more slaves today than ever before in human history. The “rockumentary” was one of the top documentaries of the year and combined commentary by social luminaries such as Cornell West and Nicholas Kristoff with musical performances by artists such as Moby, Natasha Bedingfield, and Matisyahu.

In 2011, Justin founded the nonprofit organization Slavery Footprint. Partnering with the U.S. State Department, they launched a multiple-award-winning website that asks the question, “How Many Slaves Work For You?” The website and associated mobile app allow consumers to visualize how their consumption habits are connected to modern-day slavery and provides them with an opportunity to have a conversation with the companies that manufacture the goods they purchase.

Al Gore
Former Vice-President of the United States & Author, An Inconvenient Truth
Former Vice President Al Gore is Cofounder and Chairman of Generation Investment Management. He is a Senior Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and a member of Apple, Inc.’s board of directors. Gore spends the majority of his time as chairman of The Climate Reality Project, a nonprofit organization he founded that is focused on solutions for the global climate crisis.

Gore is the author of the best sellers Earth in the Balance, An Inconvenient Truth, The Assault on Reason, Our Choice: A Plan to Solve the Climate Crisis, and, most recently, The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change. He is the subject of the Oscar-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth and was selected as the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate for “informing the world of the dangers posed by climate change.”

Yasmeen Hassan
Global Executive Director, Equality Now
Yasmeen Hassan became the Global Executive Director of Equality Now in 2011 after having served as Deputy Executive Director and Director of Programs for three years. Before joining the organization, Yasmeen was with the United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women, where she worked on the implementation of CEDAW and the Secretary-General’s study on violence against women. She has been involved in women’s rights since very early in her career, authoring the first study of domestic violence in Pakistan, which ultimately became Pakistan’s submission to the Fourth World Conference on Women, Beijing 1995. She has written several papers and opinion editorials on the situation of women, which have been published in the Washington Post and the International Herald Tribune.

Sarina Prabasi
CEO, WaterAid America
WaterAid is an international organization whose mission is to transform the lives of the poorest and most marginalized people by improving access to clean water, safe toilets, and hygiene programs.

Chris Murphy & Mark Barden
US Senator for Connecticut
Following the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, Senator Murphy became one of the leading proponents of commonsense reforms to reduce gun violence. He has championed a number of bipartisan bills aimed at expanding background checks and keeping guns out of the hands of criminals. Mark Barden's son, Dylan, was one of the 20 first-graders murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School. As managing director of Sandy Hook Promise, Barden leads and manages the organization, along with Nicole Hockley, mother of Dylan, who was also killed at Sandy Hook.

Kathleen Rogers
President, Earth Day Network
Earth Day Network’s mission is to broaden and diversify the environmental movement worldwide and to mobilize it as the most effective vehicle to build a healthy, sustainable environment, address climate change, and protect the Earth for future generations.

Lorna Solis
Founder & CEO, Lynke Project
Lynke is a US-registered B-Corporation which links refugees in Jordan and disadvantaged people from host communities with tech jobs in two ways: employing the, directly to perform outsourcing work for international clients; or a six-month training program, facilitated by Microsoft, in app-building, combined with academic, professional and soft skills, resulting in an internationally-recognized qualification from a world-leading technology company.

Rachel Moreno
Global Marketing Director, Global Citizen
Global Citizen is a social action platform that encourages users to learn about issues and take action on what matters most, and join a community committed to social change.

James Michaud
Director of Corporate Partnerships, AIDS Vaccine Fund
The AIDS Vaccine Fund brings awareness to the general public about the urgent need for an HIV vaccine and mobilizes funding for its research.

Erik Estrada & Dr. Howard Stevenson
Forward Promise
Forward Promise seeks to create spaces, resources and professional support to practitioners, to help boys and young men of color heal from the historical and present-day trauma; to help them grow and advocate for themselves in ways that reduce the effects of inferiority narratives; to facilitate their opportunities to thrive and more fully contribute and lead in their communities and the world.

Leland Melvin & Nicole Stott
NASA Astronaut, Engineer / NASA Astronaut, Engineer, Artist, Constellation
Leland Melvin is the only person drafted into the National Football League to have flown in space. A decade after taking a job at NASA’s Langley Research Center, he was chosen by the astronaut program and went on to serve as a mission specialist on two successful shuttle missions. Melvin continues to devote his time and energy to educating the next generation of scientists through various STEM programs.

Nicole Stott is a veteran astronaut with two spaceflights and 104 days living and working in space on both the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station (ISS). Always an artist, Stott brought a small watercolor kit with her on her mission to the ISS, becoming the first NASA astronaut to paint in space. Stott currently works as a full-time artist and SciArt education advocate.