Check out Fast Company's most recent cumulative list highlighting the 100 Most Creative People in Business. This is a good list to check out for several reasons: 1. know who these people are; they are the ones leading conversations and setting trends.
2. call them and ask them if you can learn from them; in some cases, you can hire them to consult with you.
3. read their blogs and tweets and listen to their talks; friend them on facebook; reach out and become a friend.
It's one thing to just read an article or list and be aware. It's another to take action and reach out.