Adult Role Models

Kit Crawford

Businesswoman, Environmentalist, and Philanthropist Most people think of Clif bars as a good-tasting, organic energy bar, but the company Clif Bar also does a whole lot of good things in the world – Kit Crawford makes sure of that. Her husband, Gary Erickson, invented the original...

Andrew Carnegie

Industrialist, Entrepreneur, and Philanthropist You’ve probably heard of The Giving Pledge, where extremely wealthy people commit to donating over half of their wealth by the time they die. Andrew Carnegie, perhaps the most famous American philanthropist, can take credit for making it cool to give your...

Eren Ozmen

Businesswoman, Entrepreneur, and Philanthropist Eren Ozmen’s success story is unlikely, and you have probably never heard of her unless you attend the University of Nevada, Reno. Ozmen and her husband donated $5 million to UNR to support entrepreneurship and the creation of new businesses at the university’s...

Pleasant Rowland

Educator, Creator, Entrepreneur, and Philanthropist Pleasant Rowland followed her heart, and became a millionaire because of it! If you are a girl growing up in the United States, chances are you’ve heard of American Girl dolls, whose sales are second only to Barbie dolls. Pleasant Rowland,...

Sheryl Sandberg

Tech Businesswoman, Advocate & Philanthropist One of the most powerful women in the tech industry, Sheryl Sandberg has been extremely successful in almost everything she attempts. Sandberg currently serves as the COO of Facebook – that means she manages the day-to-day operations of the company. She was also the...

James Brown

Musician, Singer, and Philanthropist James Brown, the “Godfather of Soul,” is one of America’s most famous musicians. He was a huge influence on the development of the musical style known as “funk” and was known for his flamboyant performances and energetic dance moves. Four of his albums appear on...

Jim Simons

Math Prodigy and Philanthropist Known as the world’s “smartest billionaire,” Jim Simons is a guy with super hero-level math skills who used his powers for good! Simons is good at math – really good. He got one of the most advanced math degrees you can earn...

John and Laura Arnold

Business, Social Entrepreneurs, Philanthropists Imagine having enough money to do whatever you wanted AND help others. What would you do? John and Laura Arnold found themselves in this position after John made millions working for Enron (the energy firm gave him an $8 million bonus when...

Weili Dai

Software Developer, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist Weili Dai is a true leader – she knows how to use her strengths. Born in China, Dai played semi-professional basketball in Shanghai before immigrating to the United States when she was 17 years old to attend college at UC Berkeley, where...

Jin Sook and Do Won “Don” Chang

Founders of Forever 21, Entrepreneurs and Philanthropists Here’s a story about a young couple from Korea who turned the American Dream of going from rags to riches into a reality. Do Won "Don" Chang and his wife Jin Sook moved from South Korea to Los Angeles,...