People Extraordinaire – Lauren C. Anderson

“One should not take personal safety for granted no matter where you are. One of the things I always share with young girls is – be aware of your surroundings. How you carry yourself matters.” You were one of the first women on a FBI SWAT team. Why did you chose FBI and how did you break the glass ceiling? …

People Extraordinaire – Liza Donnelly

“Donnelly’s cartoons are the best kind of funny—sly, smart, and right on the money.  [They] are great social commentary as well as great fun.”  Susan Orlean, You started drawing from a very young age thanks to your mother. How did that lead to a career as a cartoonist. Why did you choose the medium of cartoons?  Laughter was something that was …

Meet the People Extraordinaire – Peter Kithene

Peter Kithene, is the founder of Mama Maria Clinics – an innovative, sustainable healthcare solution for Kenya’s rural poor. As an orphaned teenager in Kenya, Peter raised three siblings by himself. During his undergraduate years at University of Washington, he raised enough money to found a health clinic in his home village. In 2007 he was named as CNN’s Global Heroes “Medical Marvel” honoree for his work …

Meet the People Extraordinaire – Zuly Sanguino

Our guest this month on People Extraordinaire is – Zuly Sanguino. Born with Tetra-amelia syndrome, an extremely rare autosomal recessive congenital disorder characterized by the absence of all four limbs, it has been a difficult life for Zuly Sanguino, a 26 year-old Colombian artist and motivational speaker. Subjected to bullying and sexual abuse from a very young age, Zuly made several suicide attempts. After hitting rock …

Meet the People Extraordinaire – Divyanshu Ganatra

Dr. Divyanshu Ganatra is a psychologist, entrepreneur, para-glider, mountaineer, IT expert, and literary geek who also happens to be blind. Divyanshu lost his eyesight to glaucoma at the age of 19 and soon realized that the world was ready to put him into silos and stereotype him forever. He decided to break the stereotypes and myths around disability using adventure sports and founded Adventures …

Meet the People Extraordinaire – Zuly Sanguino

Our guest this month on People Extraordinaire is – Zuly Sanguino. Born with Tetra-amelia syndrome, an extremely rare autosomal recessive congenital disorder characterized by the absence of all four limbs, it has been a difficult life for Zuly Sanguino, a 26 year-old Colombian artist and motivational speaker. Subjected to bullying and sexual abuse from a very young age, Zuly made several suicide attempts. After hitting rock …

Meet the People Extraordinaire – Leslee Udwin

Leslee Udwin is a filmmaker (producer and director) and human rights campaigner and is no stranger to successfull campaigning films. Leslee’s first documentary feature and her debut as a director, multi-award winning “India’s Daughter”, has been critically acclaimed around the globe, provoked a global discussion about gender equality and violation of the rights of women and girls, and sparked a movement. …

Meet the People Extraordinaire – Anshu Gupta

 Anshu Gupta is an Indian social entrepreneur who founded Goonj, a Delhi-based NGO that positions the under-utilised urban material as a development resource for the rural parts of India. Anshu won the Ramon Magsaysay Award in 2015, for “his creative vision in transforming the culture of giving in India, his enterprising leadership in treating cloth as a sustainable development resource for the poor, and in reminding …

Meet the People Extraordinaire – Emily May

Emily May is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Hollaback!, an international leader in the anti-street-harassment movement. In 2005, at the age of 24, she co-founded Hollaback! in New York City.  Hollaback!’s mission is to give women and LGBTQ folks an empowered response to street harassment, and ultimately, to end it.  Tell us a bit about your early life and education. What experiences most …

Meet the People Extraordinaire – Ravi Karkara

Ravi Karkara is a trained social worker with commitment to advance human rights, participation, inclusion and gender equality, accountability and social justice. He serves as a Senior Adviser Strategic Partnership & Advocacy to the Assistant Secretary-General/Deputy Executive Director of UN Women. He has worked with several organizations on gender mainstreaming with a specific focus on children, youth, women successfully advocating …