Champions of Innovation

Every cause needs a champion...or eight! Meet our new Champions for Innovation, appointed by UN Women to help ignite the movement.

 
 
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Rachel Roy

Founder and Creative Director of Rachel Roy

Rachel Roy is the founder and creative director of her eponymous brand and a tireless activist for using your voice to encourage change and to design the life you wish to live. Created in 2004, Rachel has built her ready-to-wear and accessories business into a globally recognized brand with product categories including contemporary, curvy, outerwear, jewelry and swim.


 

Sarah Michelle Gellar

actor and Chief Creative Officer and Co-founder Foodstirs

Sarah Michelle Gellar is a Golden Globe nominee and Emmy winning actor. In October 2015, Gellar stepped into a new role as entrepreneur, co-founding Foodstirs along with Galit Laibow, and Greg Fleishman.

 

Wade Davis

former NFL player and Corporate Inclusion and Culture Advisor

Former NFL Player Wade Davis is a thought leader, public speaker, and consultant on gender, race, and orientation equality. Wade is the NFL’s first LGBT inclusion consultant and currently consults for numerous professional sports leagues on issues at the intersection sexism, racism and homophobia.


 
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Nina Ansary

bestselling author, historian and leading authority on women’s rights in Iran

Dr. Nina Ansary is an internationally recognized women’s rights advocate, thought leader, scholar, and public speaker. As a UN Women Champion for Innovation and Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics Centre for Women, Peace & Security, she regularly presents her work on women’s rights and the global impact of institutionalized gender discrimination at major universities and conferences in the US and U.K.

 
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Zoe Saldana

actor and Founder BESE

Zoe Saldana is the epitome of a true star in Hollywood, and has built her reputation as a versatile and respected actress by choosing roles that she feels passionately about. In 2018 Saldana launched the digital platform, BESE to bring greater diversity to Hollywood and 'share the real stories of Latin Americans.

 
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Joy Mangano

inventor, author, founding director of the Joy Mangano Foundation

 Joy Mangano is one of the most-successful and celebrated product inventors of her time, creating and selling nearly $3 billion of products to women across America. She is the author of inspirational WSJ Best Seller memoir “Inventing Joy: Dare to Build a Brave & Creative Life”, and her life was the subject of the 20th Century Fox feature film “Joy”.

 
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Claudia Chan

author, leadership and culture change expert, entrepreneur

Claudia Chan is the CEO of S.H.E. GLOBL, a platform that helps over 100 companies unlock a diverse and inclusive workforce to transform both its culture and its communities. She is the founder of their award-winning leadership conference S.H.E. Summit that has made advancing women and workplace inclusion both accessible and actionable. 

 
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Kimora Lee Simmons-Leissner

Businesswoman, venture investor, entrepreneur, fashion designer, TV personality, author and philanthropist

Kimora Lee Simmons-Leissner is a leading businesswoman, venture investor, fashion designer, TV personality, author, and philanthropist. Starting as a young fashion model for the House of Chanel, Kimora has gone one to launch global lifestyle fashion brands Baby Phat and Kimora Lee Simmons. Her venture portfolio spans a vast range of industries. As a dedicated philanthropist, Kimora serves as the lead Global Ambassador for the nonprofit The Unmentionables, established the KLS Foundation and sponsors programs at FIT and FIDM.