2011 YGLs Announced

Teresa Kennedy with fellow YGLs in Morocco 2010

Teresa Kennedy with fellow YGLs in Morocco 2010

THE BUZZ: Today, the World Economic Forum announced its Young Global Leaders (YGLs) for 2011. The honor, bestowed each year by the Forum, recognizes up to 200 outstanding young leaders from around the world for their professional accomplishments, commitment to society and potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world. For 2011, the Forum has selected 190 Young Global Leaders from 65 countries and all sectors of society (business, civil society, social entrepreneurs, politics and government, arts and culture, and opinion and media) – 34 from the United States. All are age 40 and under, and this year’s selection has more gender balance than ever, with 44% women.

Young Global Leaders from the U.S.

  • Alicia Morga, Founder and CEO, Consorte Media
  • Rye Barcott, Speechwriter and Special Advisor to Chairman & CEO, Duke Energy Corporation
  • Gina Bianchini, Entrepreneur in Residence, Andreesen Horowitz
  • Sara Blakely, Founder, Spanx
  • Danah Boyd, Social Media Researcher, Microsoft Research New England
  • Niko Canner, Senior Vice President, Booz & Company
  • Daniel Cruise, Vice President and Officer, Alcoa, Inc.
  • Dave Eggers, Writer, Editor, Publisher
  • Amy Finkelstein, Professor of Economics, MIT
  • Harold E. Ford, Jr., Chairman, Democratic Leadership Council
  • Ellen Gonda, Senior Vice President, Global Corporate Communications, Hilton Worldwide
  • Hala Gorani, Anchor, CNN International
  • Nikki R. Haley, Governor of South Carolina
  • Omar Hamoui, Founder & CEO, AdMob, Inc.
  • Jessica Jackley, Founder & CEO, ProFounder
  • Asli Karahan, Executive Director, Office of the CEO, UBS AG
  • Vivek Kundra, U.S. Chief Information Officer, USA, Office of Management and Budget
  • Jamail Larkins, Founder & CEO, Ascension Aircraft
  • Andrew Lee, Founder & CEO, Aetna, Inc.
  • Clare Lockhart, Director/Co-Founder, The Institute for State Effectiveness (ISE)
  • Jayme Martin, Global Vice President, Nike Running, Nike Inc.
  • Jane McGonigal, Creative Director, Social Chocolate
  • Westley Moore, Investment Professional, Citigroup
  • Blake Mycoskie, Founder, TOMS Shoes
  • Jaime Nack, President & Founder, Three Squares Inc.
  • Dana Perino, Political Commentator, Fox News
  • April Rinne, Director, WaterCredit, Water.org
  • Charles Rutstein, COO, Forrester Research Inc.
  • Dan Senor, Adjunct Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
  • E. Benjamin Skinner, Senior Fellow, Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, Brandeis University
  • Dylan E. Taylor, CEO, USA, Colliers International
  • Alexa von Tobel, Founder & CEO, LearnVest
  • Melanie Walker, Senior Program Officer for Special Initiatives, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Adam Werbach, CEO, Saatchi and Saatchi S
  • It is certainly an impressive group and I’m looking forward to getting to know them all. I am honored to be YGL class of 2009. Read the official announcement from this year.

    Posted by Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy, Ph.D., MBA.