Good Business: Outstanding Trailblazers 2010

Good Business: Outstanding Trailblazers 2010
These 12 Individuals have inspired us with their courage and passion by blazing new trails toward the goal of making the world a better place. Proving it does pay to be "good!"


The Ralph Nader of Credit & Debt.

Harvard Professor of Law Warren’s goal is to level the playing field in finance for ordinary consumers by eliminating the “tricks and traps” of the credit markets. Warren is a relentless and courageous warrior in the battle for fair market finance. She has singlehandedly and successfully challenged the big bank and bank lobbying industry by inspiring the new consumer financial protection bureau.  


2. Jon Stewart

The Fourth Branch of Government.

Stewart provides crucial checks and balances on the 3 official U.S. government branches with wit and brilliance. He continues to educate the public by interviewing countless authors on the financial crisis and economic recovery. Turning serious for a passionate cause, Jon did what no politician could do and helped get medical care approved for 9/11 heroes by a partisan Congress.


3. Simon Johnson

The People’s Professor.

MIT Economist Johnson blows the lid off financial industry smoke screens by translating complex economics into accessible everyday language. His book “13 Bankers” is a thorough and remarkably breezy read on the financial crisis and the American economic system. Simon consistently battles the “money trust” and blogs, writes and speaks on fair and balanced capitalism.


4. Halla Tomasdottir

The Market Maker.

Halla and her partner Kristin Petursdottir bested their male colleagues at their own investment game as the “old boy’s club” collapsed in her native Iceland. After two decades of international business and banking, Halla and Kristin created a new financial services firm based on a return to “Feminine Values” of transparency, integrity, reliability and honor. Says Halla, “We believe in profit with principles…profits plus positive social benefits.”


5. Raj Sisodia

The Conscious Capitalist.

Management guru and co-founder of the Conscious Capitalism Institute, Raj’s mission is to transform traditional business models to embrace “enlightened self-interest” in the bottom line. He states that the search for meaning has reached the workplace. Says Raj, “Indeed, we believe it is changing the very soul of capitalism.” His personal passion and vision for conscious leadership in business has become an international movement.  


6. Sheila Bair

The Responsible Banker.

FDIC Chairwoman Bair is intent on insuring honest banking practices and improved lending standards for ordinary citizens. Three of Ms. Bair’s areas of focus include help for troubled homeowners, alternatives for discriminatory payday loans, and restructuring the too-big-to-fail banks. She was instrumental in pushing for passage of financial reform under the new Dodd-Frank bill.


7. Gordon Murray

Wall Street Wonder.

A former Goldman Sachs bond salesman who quit the firm in 2002 rather than betray a client’s trust wrote the book on ethical investing. Before GS, he was a managing director at Lehman Brothers. The terminally ill Murray has been a brave and proactive proponent of re-establishing, “our word is our bond” and “good ethics as good business” into the financial industry model.


8. Ambassador Anwarul Chowdhury

The Woman’s Crusader.

As President of the United Nations Security Council in the year 2000, the Ambassador sponsored the 1325 Resolution igniting global participation in the fight for equal social, political, and economic rights for women. He continues to be a tireless champion for women’s educational and economic advancement throughout the world.


9. Jacqueline Novogratz

Social Venture Capitalist.

With an MBA from Stanford, Jacqueline went straight to Wall Street as a banking analyst for Chase. In 2001, she found deeper life purpose through the Acumen Fund, a powerful social enterprise fueled by investment banking and hedge fund millions. The fund is dedicated to “solving the problem of poverty through market mechanisms.” Jacqueline has devoted her life to her passion for bridging the gap between rich and poor through market-based philanthropy.  


10. John Ruggie

Humane Business Activist.

In 2005, United Nations Secretary General Kofi Anan appointed Harvard Professor Ruggie to work with the UN Global Compact on establishing a framework for human rights in business. Facing environmental, labor, and corruption issues, Ruggie has worked diligently with world and business leaders to complete an internationally acclaimed treatise for global business to “protect, respect, and remedy” basic human rights.


11. Melinda Gates

The Giving Mogul.

It is said that, “behind every great man is a great woman.” These days, she walks by his side. Through their foundation and “Giving Pledge” initiative, Melinda and Bill Gates prove that “noblesse oblige” is not dead and that the super rich do have conscience and a heart. Together they are combining the wealth of the world to tackle some of humanity’s biggest social problems like extreme poverty, epidemic disease, malnutrition, starvation, and inadequate education.


12. Mary Robinson

Climate Change Leader.

For former President of Ireland Mary Robinson and Commissioner for Human Rights at the UN securing basic human rights for “the poor, the disempowered and the marginalized” is a top priority. In 2002, Mary created Realizing Rights to encourage global corporate responsibility, “decent work,” and women’s empowerment. Her new initiative, Climate Justice, focuses on “global justice for those many victims of climate change who are usually forgotten.”


Monika Mitchell
Executive Director
Good Business International, Inc.
Economy of Trust Blog