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Integrating Impact in Business

Companies, at different stages of growth and in different industries, are embracing various business models to create positive impact for their customers, employees, communities and the environment at large. “While impact has become a loaded and widely used term, we are seeing creative leaders evolving the concept to cover a full range of business activities,”…

A Tailored Plan for Retailers to Successfully Combat the Disruptors

Traditional brick-and-mortar retailers are facing significant challenges in today’s evolving digital retail landscape. But all is not lost. YPO member Antony Karabus, CEO of a leading retail consulting firm, HRC Retail Advisory, explores the obstacles and offers solutions to sustainability in these tumultuous times.   As digital shopping continues to grow at a rapid pace,…

YPO Harnesses the Entrepreneurial Drive of Spouses, Partners

Stories of the transformative effect of YPO on members making an impact through innovation are plentiful. Lesser-known is how YPO, through programs such as the London Business School (LBS) Spouse/Partner Leaders as Entrepreneurs Program, is helping a new generation of professionals — spouses and partners — become better leaders, create new businesses or connect to…

9 Succession Planning Tips to Make Your Family Business Last

You’ve spent much of your career building your family business. You’ve learned what works, endured lean years, enjoyed success and watched your company grow. The last thing you want is to lose the “end game.” You want your business, and legacy, to successfully transition to the next generation. Family businesses make up the majority of…

Christina Stembel Grows Farmgirl Flowers Into A Blossoming Success

Nothing brings a room to life, symbolizes the beginning of spring or creates a more romantic landscape for lovers to run through than flowers. But being the female owner of a flower company isn’t all whimsy and wonder. “Anyone that comes to me for advice about starting something perishable like I did, I tell them:…

Geetha Murali Paves the Way for Gender Equality Through Education

“In my personal life, I’m keenly aware that a family’s circumstances can change drastically over the course of a single generation, through the power of education,” says Geetha Murali, Ph.D., a YPO member based in California and the CEO of Room to Read, a nonprofit organization focused on creating a world free from illiteracy and…

Geetha Murali Paves the Way for Gender Equality Through Education

“In my personal life, I’m keenly aware that a family’s circumstances can change drastically over the course of a single generation, through the power of education,” says Geetha Murali, Ph.D., a YPO member based in California and the CEO of Room to Read, a nonprofit organization focused on improving literacy and gender equality. “Decisions that…

AI and Health Care: A Story of Ethical Leadership

Ethical leadership and sustainability are the priorities du jour in business.  In fact, many corporate leaders consider them when measuring a company’s success. But what they represent today goes beyond simply focusing on environmentally sound practices. Terrence Kommal, M.D., YPO member and Executive Chairman of South Africa’s Medical Expert Consulting Group, knows that considering a company’s impact…

Gaming Pioneer Simon Sicko Named EY Entrepreneur of the Year for the Slovak Republic

Most successful entrepreneurs can point to a person or place that inspired them to reach for the stars. A mentor, a boss, a college class, a club, or even a famous business pioneer such as Steve Jobs can serve as a beacon. Growing up in communist Czechoslovakia, Simon Sicko had no such guiding light. In…

Tech Disruptor Karn Manhas Alters the Future of Farming

For Karn Manhas, food is deeply personal. “I don’t think we realize how intimate food is,” the YPO member says. “It’s not something we just interact with. We put it in us. What we eat actually becomes a part of us.” Bearing that in mind, Manhas founded Terramera. His idea was as simple as it…

#PayWhatYouCan Brings the Outdoors to More People

Summer vacations are a much-anticipated time of the year for many Americans — but not all. According to an annual survey conducted by Bankrate, only 52 percent of Americans are planning to take a vacation in 2019. Why? The biggest barrier for 60 percent is they simply can’t afford to — with 44 percent citing…

Improving Innovation Power In Your Business

In this day and age with accelerating technological development and convergence of industries, all forward-looking organizations must find ways to improve their innovation power. Real Leaders, the preferred partner publication of YPO, recently published a series of articles focused on ways successful businesses are tapping into their internal well-spring of innovation. In order to do…

2 Tactics to Give Your Social Media Strategy a Facelift

A company’s social media presence can often be an easy way to create and maintain customer relations. For both digital marketing and public relations professionals alike, a strong social media calendar can take a load of stress and work off the table. But sometimes it’s easy to get stuck in a bit of a content…

Mansoor Hamayun Redefines What A Next-Generation Energy Company Looks Like

In March 2019, the World Bank released its Electricity Access in sub-Saharan Africa report. It measures the status quo of access to electricity, compares the nuances of regional and country variations in access to electricity, and identifies some root impediments to increasing access to electricity in the sub-Sahara. The results were telling. More than 600 million people…

EY Honors South African Ridhwan Khan, Affordable Mobile Phone Market Pioneer

Just 17 years ago, a young Ridhwan Khan was pounding pavement and knocking on doors. He had an idea that South Africa was ripe for low-cost cell phones. Through grit and persistence, he went from packaging refurbished phones one at a time to launching Mobicel, which makes and sells 19 million mobile devices a year.…

How A Tech Entrepreneur Turned a Personal Crisis Into A War Against Cancer

Roy de Souza created one of the world’s largest internet advertising technology firms. But his real journey has just begun. In April 2017, Roy de Souza, founder of ZEDO, and his wife, Aisha de Sequeira, Morgan Stanley Managing Director and YPO member, were on the way to an evening together at a friend’s home in South…

Episode 98: Nico Wyrobek (Northstar Balloons), Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

        YPO member Nico Wyrobek was born into the balloon business. Her parents founded Anagram, the mylar balloon company. After graduating from Middlebury, she earned a masters in public policy and her law degree from the University of Minnesota. She worked as an attorney for several years and later earned her MBA…

Executive Mark Lubner Evangelizes On the Power of Business To Do Good

When Marc Lubner joined his father in running the non-profit Afrika Tikkun, his motivation was decidedly different from what drives him today. Lubner, a member of YPO and a 2019 YPO Global Impact Honoree says he didn’t join that organization because he was passionate about the development of children. “I was really just passionate about…

Episode 99: Walter Blocker (Vietnam Trade Alliance), Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

          YPO member Walter Blocker grew up in Kentucky in the United States and had never visited Asia in his youth. But that changed when he and two friends from Hampden-Sydney College learned the U.S.-Vietnam trade embargo was ending. With that, the group soon decided to take off to the Far…

Exec Taps Sun to Address Water Poverty in Africa

Eradicating water poverty in Africa became YPO member Sunil Lalvani’s life’s calling after a ride on Ghana’s dirt roads brought him to witness a shocking, but all too common, scene. At the time, Lalvani had been leading his family’s consumer electronics business for 20 years, traveling frequently in sub-Saharan Africa. While journeying between cities, his…

Becoming A Worthy Leader

Worthy leaders believe in their ability to deliver on something bigger than themselves and to impact positively on the lives of others. In the two decades I have been working with leaders, I’ve collected 360-survey data on thousands of leaders, their capabilities and their impact. Here are the top strengths and challenges of 10,000 leaders…

Executive’s Guide to Influencer Marketing

Successful CEOs can’t ignore the rise of influencer marketing – a much-hyped concept where companies tap individuals with clout and authority to spread the word about their brand and products. But that hype rightfully comes with skepticism, especially among executives. Can these programs actually drive business results for brands? The short answer is yes. Research…

Optimal Health Through A Plant-Based Diet

Every time we eat, we make a decision — to fuel our health or feed a disease. According to Marco Borges, an exercise physiologist and New York Times bestselling author, America has a health care crisis. Instead of practicing health care, we practice sick care. “We wait for someone to get gravely ill and treat them with…

Snacking for a Cause with CEO Sean Kelly

For a nation as wealthy as the United States, the statistics are both surprising and alarming. Some 40 million Americans struggle to put food on the table every day, and one in six children may not know from where their next meal is coming. But charitable organizations, such as Feeding America, are trying to put…

Blockchain: It’s About Customers, Not Cryptocurrencies

Organizations naturally fragment into silos of focused activity. Tribes of specialized experts form, then communicate poorly among each other, even though they have the same logo on each of their office doors. Their separate streams of activity generate costly and often unhelpful streams and collections of data: separate histories of what was done by different…

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