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Matt Rutherford
Matt Rutherford
Gender: Male
Focus: Adventurer
Reason: What mean this word, "can't"?
Story:

Sailed a 27 foot boat solo and nonstop around North and South America (up the East Coast, west through the Arctic to the Bering Sea, south along the West Coast all the way to Cape Horn (that’s from the Arctic to the Antarctic), then up the East Coast of South America. He’s the first ever to do this, and it took him only 10 months!


Jewel Kilcher publicity photo
Jewel Kilcher
Gender: Female
Focus: Entertainer
Reason: What mean this word, "can't"?
Story:

Went from being homeless and singing in coffee houses straight to creating a phenomenal debut album (Pieces of You went platinum 15 times over.

People know Jewel for a number of things, beginning with her hit music. When you read the titles - Who will save your soul; You were meant for me; Foolish Games – don’t you hear the tunes, hear her voice in your head?


J.K. Rowling
J.K. Rowling
Gender: Female
Focus: Writer
Reason: What mean this word, "can't"?
Story:

As if you didn’t know, J.K. Rowling is the author of the Harry Potter series. What you might not know is that she is the first author to earn $1,000,000,000 from her books, movies made from her books, licensing her characters, etc. She is a “self-made” billionaire, one of only five such women in the world. You may also not know that while she was writing the first Harry Potter book longhand, she was a single mother on public assistance.


Emily Richmond
Emily Richmond
Gender: Female
Focus: Adventurer
Reason: What mean this word, "can't"?
Story:

Emily Richmond is sailing a boat around the world, alone, and - not counting her sailing skills - she's pretty much "making it up" as she goes along.  Talk about finding your way in the world . . . 


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Eli Pariser
Gender: Male
Focus: Entrepreneur
Reason: Creative Solution-izer
Story:

Eli Pariser had a great idea and then did something with it, to the benefit of society. With Peter Koechley, he created Upworthy.com, a news aggregation site that presents stories and ideas in ways that catch the attention and interest of people.


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