Affectionately known as "America's #1 Success Coach," Jack Canfield is the originator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series and a leading authority in the areas of self-esteem, achievement motivation, and peak performance. [www.jackcanfield.com]
Arianna Huffington is the co-founder and Editor in Chief of the Huffington Post and the author of twelve books. [www.huffingtonpost.com]
Seth Godin is a prominent author, blogger and speaker. [www.squidoo.com/linchpin]
Krishna Kaur is the founder of YOGA for Youth, a program that takes yoga, meditation, and stimulating discussions on the philosophy of yoga to urban youth. [www.yogaforyouth.org]
Norman Lear has enjoyed a long career in television and film. He is also a political and social activist and philanthropist. [www.normanlear.com]
Leilani Münter is a professional race car driver and an environmental activist who uses her voice in the number one spectator sport in America as a catalyst for change. [www.leilanimunter.com]
By going undercover to meet slaves and slaveholders, Kevin Bales exposed modern slavery's penetration into the global economy. He co-founded Free the Slaves, which has helped to liberate thousands of slaves. [www.freetheslaves.net]
Sophie Chiche, lifebyme.com founder and curator, enjoys asking deep questions and living a life of meaning. Today she's launching Shape House, an urban sweat lodge, a place to melt away fears and fat. [www.shapehousela.com]
Entrepreneur and writer Mastin Kipp founded TheDailyLove.com, which merges pop culture with inspiration, and co-founded The Love Yourself Company, an apparel company that has started a global self-esteem movement. [www.TheDailyLove.com]
Liz Phair is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. [www.lizphair.com]
Archbishop Desmond Tutu is Chairman of The Elders, a group of world leaders who address some of the world's most pressing problems. He works energetically for human-rights and in his ministry. [www.tutu.org]
Zainab Salbi is the founder and CEO of Women for Women International, a group dedicated to helping women survivors of war rebuild their lives. [www.womenforwomen.org]
Despite his physical challenges, Sean Stephenson has taken a stand for a quality of life that has inspired millions of people around the world. He's a professional speaker, psychotherapist, and author. [www.timetostand.com]
Kia Miller teaches Yoga at Yoga Works in Los Angeles, leads teacher trainings, and runs retreats and workshops on meditation, chakras, pranayam, and mantras, and other practices. [www.kiamiller.com]
Simon Mainwaring is an ex-Nike/Wieden creative, former Worldwide Creative Director at Motorola/Ogilvy, branding/advertising writer, author/speaker/blogger, Australian, idea geek. [www.simonmainwaring.com]
Shannon Bindler is a style editor, life coach, and the co-founder of Get Up Girl, an empowerment company that inspires women to shine. [www.getupgirl.com]
Grammy-nominated art director/designer/photographer Mathieu Bitton has designed over 450 CDs and movie posters. He's a renowned collector of and authority on black films and their soundtracks. [www.candytangerine.com]
Opus Reps founder and agent-producer Jorge Perez travels the world producing photo shoots with great photographers and celebrities. He's also very involved with Meals on Wheels in Los Angeles. www.opusreps.com
Good design is important and makes a real difference in our lives. It makes our lives so much easier, whether in the design of an everyday object, a piece of clothing, a hotel, or a system. Form and function and beauty can work together. Your handbag needs to work. Your wallet needs to work.
When you put something on that makes you feel good, the expression on your face, the way you go out into the world and confront life, is very different from when you put something on that makes you feel not good about yourself. There’s nothing attractive about scuffling along looking like your shoes are killing you. When your head is up and you feel confident, your whole day is different.
I’m past the age now where I’ll suffer to dress beautifully. What I wear also has to also comfortable. When you’re wearing something comfortable it becomes a part of you, it helps you be more carefree.
I’m very driven. The more people put me in a box, the more ways I find to get out of it. I’d love to have had meaningful conversations with some of the female fashion designers early on who made changes in the industry, like Coco Chanel. She was a revolutionary with such a strong character. I’d want to ask her about how she rebelled. She threw away the corsets and constraints and designed pieces that were both functional and comfortable. I really admire her and what she did.
A lot of my life is spent in problem-solving, finding interesting solutions for everyday life. Great design is like solving a puzzle – not by sacrificing one thing for another, but by finding interesting solutions so all of it can be included.
Great design is not just about the product. I feel it in the office, too, as a sensibility that spreads throughout the company. The people I work with have true pride in what they’re designing – they enjoy bringing designs to life. There’s an atmosphere of joyousness and loving life.
I find in my life that I’m buying a lot less, so what I buy needs to really mean something. Even if it’s an everyday item, it needs to have longevity and even be something I can pass on, something that lasts, like an heirloom.
- Deborah Lloyd