Natwar Gandhi began life in a dusty Indian village that had no paved streets, no electricity, no telephone and no running water. Through countless long days of work, relentless determination and good luck he was able to take a plane to New York at the age of 25, where he landed with $7 in his pocket. Still the Promised Land is the fascinating and deeply personal story of how an impoverished immigrant made his way to the new world, remade his life and ultimately became the chief financial officer of Washington, D.C., playing a key role in transforming the nation’s capital from a near-bankrupt municipality into a financially healthy major American city.
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Born and raised in Montauk, New York, Sean Barrett is a lifelong fisherman, environmental conservationist, and restaurateur. He founded the Dock to Dish movement in 2012, inspired by his work with the Community Supported Fishery (CSF) program of New York State and is an expert on advances in America’s fishing industry. Sean's vision and leadership in harvesting seafood through cooperatives are transforming the way Americans eat.
Michael Brune, the Sierra Club’s executive director since 2010, is one of today’s most inspiring and effective environmental leaders. Prior to joining the Sierra Club, he led Rainforest Action Network. Under his leadership, the Sierra Club has grown to more than three million supporters and is at the forefront of the drive to move beyond fossil fuels to 100% clean, renewable energy, while also protecting America’s remaining wild places.
Numbers don't lie. Philadelphia is the poorest big city in the country. Nearly 40-percent of the city’s students are not graduating high school and only 30-percent of eighth grade kids are reading and writing at grade level.
That’s why in 2009, Mighty Writers was launched with a five-word elevator pitch: To teach kids to write.
They do this through four-day-a-week writing academies at their six neighborhood locations in Philadelphia, at their Kennett site in West Grove, and at their site in Camden, New Jersey.
Over the course of a year—including summers—they take students through every genre of writing but always with the same goal: to get kids to think clearly and write with clarity.
Dr. William Valerio serves as the director and CEO of Woodmere Art Museum. As a result of Dr. Valerio’s leadership, Woodmere has become an increasingly vital presence in the cultural life of the region with steady growth in attendance, membership, and community involvement. By organizing almost one hundred exhibitions and enlarging and digitizing the Museum’s collection, Dr. Valerio has elevated the visibility of Philadelphia’s artists.
For most of us, these victims are faceless as we struggle to understand who they are and how they came to be victims. Elena Timofeeva and the organization she cofounded, Safe House Foundation, have been on the front line fighting against human trafficking.
FringeArts is Philadelphia’s home for contemporary performance, presenting progressive, world-class art that expands the imagination and boldly defies expectation. Their programming exposes audiences to genre-defying dance, theater, and music performances by accomplished and emerging innovators who push the boundaries of art-making and redefine the artistic landscape worldwide.
mothers2mothers (m2m) is bolstering African healthcare systems, while delivering empowerment opportunities for women. They employ, train, and help to empower HIV-positive women as community health workers. These “Mentor Mothers” work in local communities and at understaffed health facilities to ensure that women and their families get the health advice and medication they need, are linked to the right clinical services, and are supported on their treatment journey. Their work has saved hundreds of thousands of lives, created thousands of jobs, and given health and hope to some of the most marginalized in communities across ten African countries.
Eleanor Allen is CEO of Water for People. A compassionate truth-teller and advocate of empowered equality for people across the globe, Eleanor is a world-leading water expert dedicated to helping billions of people access safe and sustainable water and sanitation services needed to save lives, stay healthy, find jobs, and thrive.
Orit Kopel is a human-rights activist and founder of Glass Voices—an organization striving to empower women to pursue leadership roles in society and amplify their voices in the public sphere and the workplace.