The world is full of amazing entrepreneurs, executives, civic leaders and academics who are using thought leadership strategies to spread the word about their ideas. Here are some of those we admire.

Robin Chase, Founder of Zipcar and Transportation Innovator

Robin is one of those people with big ideas that see the world as it will evolve, long before the rest of us do. She has now founded three companies, has advised some of the world's largest companies and she is also on the Board of the World Resources Institute, the National Advisory Council for Innovation & Entrepreneurship for the US Department of Commerce, and the OECD’s International Transport Forum Advisory Board. If that is all not enough, she is also a totally nice person and has a famous daughter to boot (see below).

Denise Brosseau recently interviewed Robin at Stanford University. Watch the video here.


Robin Chase on YouTube: How to Find New Ideas
More info about Robin
Robin's Book - Peer's Inc.

Chip Conley, Author and Founder Joie de Vivre Hotels

Chip Conley founded Joie de Vivre Hospitality when he was 26 years old and grew it from one hotel into the second largest boutique hotel company in America. He survived not one but two "once in a lifetime" downturns between 2000 and 2010 (the dot com crash and September 11th as well as the deep recession and fiscal crises of 2008). Yet, Market Metrix still awarded the company the #1 Customer Satisfaction Award in the U.S. in 2010, beating out Marriott, Hilton, Hyatt, Sheraton, Westin, and Kimpton. Along the way, Conley codified his lessons learned in four books, and has given hundreds of talks around the world sharing his ideas and leadership know-how.

Chip Conley gives a TEDTalk: Measuring What Makes Life Worthwhile
 Read Chip's Books 
More info on Chip


The students, like Aalayah Eastmond and David Hogg, who survived the Parkland shooting have driven a national conversation about gun control. Through press, organizing school walkouts and the recent March for Our Lives, they have changed the perspectives of lawmakers and many in the general public. As a result, states like Florida have even changed their gun laws, something that many saw as impossible only a few months earlier.


The initial efforts of Tarana Burke to help women of color who were victims of sexual violence grew into a change initiative to address this issue much more broadly. Since then, the initiative has expanded to address the misogynist culture of Hollywood which in turn has driven a national movement to out sexual harassers, create safe work environments and empower victims whose voices have typically been silenced. What started as a small local effort has now revamped corporate board rooms, C-suites and newsrooms and has led to a multimillion dollar fund to encourage women to step forward against workplace misconduct.

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