Fast Company published its annual list of the 1000 Most Creative People in Business, an assortment of business women and men who stand out for the humanity with which they lead and the innovative approach they take to bringing their ideas to life. They are influencers who create trends in management, corporate governance and the way organizations incorporate social responsibility.
All sectors and ages are represented in this conglomeration of visionaries who range from scientists to fashion designers. A common trend is the social aspect of their drive and their out-of the box solutions to everyday problems that they are able to apply to their organizations.
Womenalia has highlighted a few of the women who stand out for their innovative approach to organization. Most of those selected emphasize the importance of good communication and technology skills. For the full list, visit the Fast Company Most Creative People site.
Reema Saujani,Girls Who Code
Why? This former NYC politician is on a mission to teach one million girls to code by 2020. "Teach one girl how to code, she'll teach four. The replication effect is so powerful."
Tammy Tibits, She's The First
Why? Because she cares. Tibits, at 26 is concerned about girl's education around the world and is tirelessly finding new ways to raise money to send more girls to school. "Don't think you have to be perfect at the beginning, just be better than you were before."
Sarah Robb O'Hagan, Equinox
Why? Because she listens. She understands how important it is to be connected to people, and has revived both Gatorade and Equinox this way. "Innovation to me is creating the future. It requires a relentless desire to challenge beliefs around 'what is' and 'what works' in order to provide new solutions to problems."
Wendy Clark, The Coca-Cola Co.
Why? She is a master multi-tasker. "The most productive day to me is one in which i have given my focus to everything that needed me."
danah boyd, Microsoft
Why? She's a social media guru and has had her finger on the pulse of how youth use social media for years. "Building new connections is a critical part of building a new economy. The American education system, as flawed as it is, is great for the creative class because of the way it mixes up networks."
Aya Bdeir, Little Bits
Why? She's on a mission to make technology friendly and approachable, especially to kids! "Everyone is creative and everyone is a techie."
Soraya Darabi, ZADY
Why? She's one of the most important social influencers today. She was able to make the New York Times social, and has now turned her sights to fashion. "We're living in a world right now where the 26-year-old founder of a php platform [facebook] has more power than the president of the u.s. in terms of his reach on a day-to-day basis. I'm not sure social media has been overestimated yet."
Nancy Lublin, Dosomething.org
Why? This founder of Dress for Success believes in action and empowerment. Her new movement focuses on the power kids have to change the world too. "Basically, what we need is a cell phone and we can motivate millions of kids to take action. That's our philosophy."
Jess Lee, Polyvore
Why? Because she's leading the democratization of fashion and turning the fashionista into a fashion editor. "Force yourself to step putside the boundaries of what you know, because those are the moments where you learn the most."
Isabelle Olsson, Google
Why? Because she's literally changing the face of technology. Olsson is the lead designer for google glass. "We want to be honest, and we don't want to conceal it behind something that people will find creepy."