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Each year, we wait with bated breath to see which women are the ones to watch when it comes to inspiring future generations. Who will continue to lead the charge and make space in big business and technology for tomorrow’s female CEOs and founders? These 5 women on Forbes 30 Under 30 list are breaking the rules — in addition to glass ceilings.
Women of Forbes 30 Under 30
Each year, the list of successful women leaders represented on the Forbes 30 Under 30 List continues to grow. In 2019, we’ve seen female standouts in every category, from fashion to science to food. One thing we’ve noticed in particular? The women on this list often straddle the line between profit and nonprofit; they focus not just on making money but changing the world for future generations.
1. Rebecca Kantar, Imbellus: Traditional Learning Isn’t Everything
We love Rebecca Kantar’s stance on educating the leaders of tomorrow. Understanding that most education methods (think: standardized testing) don’t leave room for students who thrive on hands-on learning, she set out to change the system with Imbellus. Who better to do so? Kantar dropped out of Harvard herself after realizing she thrives on real-world problem-solving skills.
2. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, House of Representatives: Everyday People Have the Power to Change the World
You can’t accuse of Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of playing it safe or being afraid to speak up. She surprised the country (including herself) when she beat out a long-standing democratic incumbent in the mid-term election and went on to become the youngest representative in U.S. history. Ocasio-Cortez won by listening to the problems of residents in her community and demanding the government offer actionable solutions.
3. Madison Keys, Professional Tennis Player: Versatility Is the Key to Success
The world knows Madison Keys as the feisty tennis player who rose to meteoric fame. She held the rank of No. 7 tennis player in the world in 2016. What many fans don’t know about her is that she works with FearlesslyGiRL, an organization that supports girls and anti-bullying efforts. She even helped launch the organization’s Kinder Girl World Day (May 21).
4. Anna Chif, Dialogue: Necessity Is the Mother of Invention
When Dialogue app founder Anna Chif’s grandmother was dying of cancer, she had a difficult time getting medical questions answered — without a trip to the emergency room. She wished there was an easier way to answer simple questions without leaving the house.
That’s why she invented Dialogue, an app that allows you to get answers to your medical questions via your smartphone. Users can message with a nurse instantly and videoconference with a doctor within minutes.
5. Komal Ahmad, Copia: Being Unreasonable Gets Things Done
Komal Ahmad is the founder and CEO of Copia, a for-profit technology platform that allows businesses to donate their excess food to nonprofits. While training to become a Naval officer, Ahmad was devastated by the number of veterans who went hungry in Berkeley, CA. Her motto? “The reasonable woman adapts herself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to herself.”