Next Generation Leadership

20 Social entrepreneurs you need to know

Check out the work of these social entrepreneurs and innovators. This is NOT a top 20 list, but just 20 friends who I recommend you check out and learn more about their stories and the work of their organizations. They each inspire me! Scott Harrisonfounder of charity: water.

Eugene Chofounder of One Days Wages.

Laura Waters Hinson- director of the movie As We Forgive.

Mike Foster- founder of People of the Second Chance

Jamie Tworkowskifounder of To Write Love on Her Arms.

Tad Agogliafounder of First Response Team of America.

Matt Chambersfounder of Safe World Nexus.

Jonathan Olingerfounder of Discovery the Journey.

Rani Hong- founder of the Tronie Foundation.

Tyler Merrick- founder of Project 7.

Jeff Shinabarger- founder of Plywood People.

Jonathan Golden- founder of Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee.

Hannah Song- president of Liberty in North Korea (LiNK).

Neil Blumenthal- c0-founder of Warby Parker.

Peter Greer- president of Hope International.

Shannon Sedgwick Davis- president of the Bridgeway Foundation.

Blake Mycoskie- founder of TOMS Shoes.

Charles Lee- founder of the Ideation Conference.

Jena Lee Nardella- ex director of Blood:Water Mission.

Kohl Crecelius- co-founder of Krochet Kids Intl.




Young Influencers List, May Edition

Here you go, the May edition of the Young Influencers List. You can see all the past month's lists here. 1. Rich Wilkerson Jr- associate pastor of Trinity Church in Miami and leader of the young adult community Rendezvous.

2. Rachel Held Evans- blogger, speaker and author of Evolving in Monkey Town.

3. Derwin Gray- lead pastor of Transformation Church outside of Charlotte, former NFL player and author of Hero.

4. Julia Immonen- double world record Atlantic Ocean rower, A21 Campaign UK advocate, Sports Against Trafficking founder and Sky Sports news staffer.

5. Charles Costa- known as King Charles, he is an independent singer/songwriter from London with a recent album out entitled Love Blood.

6. Ciona Rouse- creative, poet, photographer, writer, and host.

7. Bellarive- one of my favorite bands right now. Brand new EP album available now. Just wait till the full album. It's epic.


Suggestions for future Young Influencers List? Leave them in the comments! 

20 Women Leaders Under 40 You Should Know

So let me be clear.... this isn't a TOP TEN list. Or a TOP TWENTY list. It's just a list. with 20 influential women leaders. All under 40 (I'm 99% sure!). That you should know about. There are many other women leaders under 40 that you should know about, but they are just not on this list, because I'm only including 20...... on this particular list. of women leaders under 40......

OK, so please add to the list by commenting below if you know of someone else who should be included.

1. Priscilla Shirer- Going Beyond Ministries

2. Jo Saxton3DM Ministries

3. Esther Fleece- Focus on the Family special assistant to the President

4. Jenni CatronCross Point Church

5. Vicky Beeching- blogger, singer, songwriter, and now PhD student in the UK!

6. Jeanne StevensSoul City Church

7. Margaret FeinbergFeinberg Worldwide!

8.Phileena HeuertzWord Made Flesh

9. Shauna NiequistNiequist Enterprises!

10. Nikki Toyama-SzetoIntervarsity, Urbana

11. Bethany HoangInternational Justice Mission

12. Jena Lee NardellaBlood:Water Mission

13. Lindsey Nobles- Project 7

14. Kari Jobe- worship leader and singer/songwriter

15. Joy Eggerichs- blogger, writer and researcher for Love and Respect

16. Jennie Allen- speaker and author of Stuck and Anything

17. Jen Hatmaker-author, speaker and Church planter at Austin New Church

18. Heather Larson- director of Compassion and Justice ministries, Willow Creek Community Church

19. Christy Nockels- singer, songwriter and worship leader at Passion City Church

20. Brandi Wilson- mother, wife and leader at Cross Point Church and Leading and Loving It

Bonus: Katie Davis- author of Kisses from Katie and founder of Amazima Ministries

What other women leaders under 40 should we know about?

Young Influencers List, March Edition

Here you go, the March edition of the Young Influencers List. You can check out the past month's editions here. 1. Joy Eggerichs- blogger, writer, and researcher for Love and Respect, helping 20 somethings understand relationships. Plus she's funny.

2. Leonce Crump- lead pastor Renovation Church in Atlanta, and former Olympic wrestler and New Orleans Saint.

3. Lane Wood- social innovation director at Warby Parker. Check them out if you haven't already!

4. David Leonard and Leslie Jordan- duo that makes up the rapidly rising band "All Sons and Daughters." (they'll be at CAT WEST... shhh!)

5. Joshua Banko- senior engineer at Apple, and co-inventor/designer of the iPad. Thankyou!!

6. Tara Teng- Miss Canada 2011, human rights activist and modern day abolitionist.

7. Russell Shaw- art director, uber talented designer, illustrator, and first introduced me to Gungor!

Know of other young leaders who should be considered? Let me know!

A "Don't Do" List as a Young and Aspiring Leader

For young leaders who are "up and comers," here are a few things to NOT DO as you continue to gain influence, responsibility and authority. DON'T DO THESE:

1. Believe that you are "the answer."

2. Stop honoring those who've laid the groundwork before you.

3. Write off all the folks who finally helped you "arrive," who might suddenly seem insignificant or unimportant.

4. Remove yourself from reality by surrounding yourself with "handlers" and those only interested in being "yes" men and women.

5. Believe the hype and regard yourself as crucial, and ultimately more important than all others, in connection to the success of the organization or project.

6. Adopt a scarcity mindset, believing that everything is a zero sum game.

7. Lose the passion for collaboration and partnership, whether in your community, or industry, or network.

8. Become cynical and pessimistic at every turn.

9. Stop "dating" your spouse and intentionally building into your closest friendships.

10. No longer see learning as a priority since you now know everything.


Young Influencers List, February Edition

Here you go, the February edition of the Young Influencers List. You can check out all the past months lists here. 1. Dale Partridge- CEO and Chief Word Changer at Sevenly, plus die hard entrepreneur and writer.

2. Jeremy Lin- recent phenom and point guard for the New York Knicks. Linsanity!!

3. Justin Buzzard- pastor of Garden City Church in Silicon Valley, author of soon to release book Date Your Wife.

4. Beth Redman- author, songwriter, worship leader, wife of Matt, and part of 27 Million movement - releasing the hit song on Feb 27.

5. Matt Barkley- quarterback for the USC Trojans, and Heisman Trophy leading candidate for 2012.

6. Dhati Lewis- Lead pastor and Church planter for Blueprint in Atlanta, and founder of The ReBuild Initiative.

7. Jen Hatmaker- mom, speaker, and entertaining author of nine books and Bible studies, including her most recent book Seven.

Let me know if you have recommendations for future Young Influencers Lists, and give these folks a follow on Twitter!