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Marika Anthony-Shaw

Marika Anthony-Shaw

Member of Arcade Fire and Advocate for the People of Haiti

When Marika Anthony-Shaw found herself in the spotlight, she saw an opportunity to shine that light on a cause close to her heart--the people of Haiti. Anthony-Shaw and her band, Arcade Fire, have used their fame as Grammy Award winners to drum up support for Haiti to the tune of $500,000 in donations... More
Inge Auerbacher

Inge Auerbacher

Holocaust Survivor and Author

Holocaust survivor and human rights activist Inge Auerbacher spent three years as a child imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp in Czechoslovakia, where out of 15,000 children, barely 1 percent survived. Following her emigration to the United States in 1946, she received a BS in chemistry... More
John Bul Dau

John Bul Dau

Lost Boy of Sudan Featured in the Film God Grew Tired of Us

Born in war-torn Southern Sudan, Dau is one of 27,000 boys driven from their villages when the northern Arab government attacked the ethnic minority population in 1987. For the next five years, Dau led groups of displaced boys across Sudan for hundreds of miles facing starvation, disease, and violence... More
Will Butler

Will Butler

Arcade Fire Band Member and Global Health Crusader

Will Butler is a member of the award-winning indie rock sensation Arcade Fire, one of the most popular bands in the world. He is known for his virtuosity with multiple instruments, primarily synthesizer, bass, guitar and percussion, as well as piano, guitar, and tambourine. Butler, along with the... More
Sean Carasso

Sean Carasso

Humanitarian and Founder of Falling Whistles

Sean Carasso, the barely-30 social entrepreneur, freedom fighter, industry innovator, and humanitarian, has spent the last four years running toward a goal most call impossible. Sean spent his mid-20s traveling the world with businessman, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, John Paul Dejoria, and with... More
Laverne Cox

Laverne Cox

Transgender Advocate and Critically Acclaimed Actress of Orange is the New Black

Laverne Cox is a critically acclaimed actress who currently appears in the Netflix original series Orange is the New Black, playing the groundbreaking role of "Sophia Burset," an incarcerated African American transgender woman. Laverne is the first trans woman of color to have a leading... More
Damien Echols and Lorri Davis

Damien Echols and Lorri Davis

West Memphis Three Storytellers and Documentarians

There were many who stood by his side through his 18 years on death row, including such high-profile artists as actor Johnny Depp, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, the Dixie Chicks' Natalie Maines, and former Black Flag frontman Henry Rollins. His soul-shaking story has also been the subject of three... More
Morris Dees

Morris Dees

Legendary Civil Rights Activist

Civil rights and diversity speaker Morris Dees is the co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, a non-profit group specializing in lawsuits involving civil rights violations, domestic terrorism, and hate-motivated crimes. Dees and his associates have successfully battled and dismantled a series... More
Haleh Esfandiari

Haleh Esfandiari

Author of My Prison, My Home

Dr. Haleh Esfandiari is the Director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. Prior to coming to the Wilson Center she taught Persian language, literature, and the women's movement in Iran at Princeton University and was a former deputy... More
Paul Farmer

Paul Farmer

Global Humanitarian

Medical anthropologist and physician Paul Farmer is a founding director of Partners In Health (PIH), an international non-profit organization that provides direct health care services and has undertaken research and advocacy activities on behalf of those who are sick and living in poverty. Dr. Farmer... More
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