Lisa Lavin - Driven and Caring

Lisa Lavin is co-founder and CEO of Anser Innovation. Lisa has over 20 years of experience in business as a senior leader and entrepreneur building new business within the healthcare, animal care, and consumer product sectors in start-up and Fortune 100 businesses. Prior to her emphasis in business, Lisa taught veterinary radiography at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine and the Medical Institute of Minnesota. As an expert in this field, Lisa authored the textbook Radiography in Veterinary Technology, (2007, 2003, 1999, 1994), Elsevier Publishing.

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Afreen Allam - Driven and Empathetic

When she was in high school, Afreen Allam, now founder and CEO of the biomedical company SiNON Therapeutics, began volunteering at the Duke Cancer Center. “I come from a typical Asian family where medical school was the only route that was an option,” Allam, 28, tells Bustle; this volunteer work was meant to help further her progress along that path. But it wasn't easy — although not because of the work itself. “The first two weeks were extremely hard," says Allam. "I wasn’t used to seeing that kind of pain and suffering.”

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Joanna Kyriazakos - Fierce and Kind

Joanna Kyriazakos is a #ladybadass with an ability to push people past their comfort zone and help them achieve more than they thought possible. I credit coach Joanna with encouraging me to overcome my (many physical and mental) fears so that I am now a confident stand-up paddleboarder in Sydney harbor.

Joanna is fearless! She has a love for physical challenges and for helping people of all ages find their love of the ocean through nurturing and teaching them various skills, whether it be swimming, stand up paddling or surf swimming. 

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Imogen Clarke - Curious and Brave

Imogen Clarke is an eighteen-year-old student, currently in her first year studying Classical Civilisation at the University of Nottingham.

Imogen has been partially sighted since birth, has working vision in only one eye, and peripheral vision in the other – neither of which is corrected by glasses. In addition to this, she suffer from nystagmus, which negatively effects her distance and depth perception, and also gives her the occasional headache from time to time.

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Eva Davis - Boundary Pusher and Collaborative

Recognized by Best Lawyers in America and ranked in Chambers, Eva Davis is a savvy dealmaker who works with some of the most active private equity funds in the country. With over 20 years of experience, Eva provides astute commercial recommendations alongside her strategic M&A advice when negotiating on behalf of US and global public and private companies, boards of directors and private equity funds involving their most significant transactional matters.

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Nicole Matejic - Pioneering and diplomatic

Introducing #ladybadass Nicole Matejic, internationally recognized military information operations, social media expert, published author and trusted adviser to Governments around the world. She is known for her innovative and no BS approach to strategic communications and managing crises.

Nicole’s achievements are even the more impressive as she’s thrived and leveraged a substantial career in the defense industry.

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Lesley Jane Seymour - Driven and Vulnerable

Lesley Jane Seymour is a media entrepreneur who is launching a new platform for intelligent, stylish, influential women over the age of 35 called coveyclub.com  

In February 2016, when the women's lifestyle magazine More closed, Lesley found herself out of a job after eight years at the helm. In a published post on LinkedIn entitled: “The Joys of Losing Your Job in the Digital Age,” she explained that she was “prepared” when More folded. Ironically, the editor credited the first time she was fired from a big job as a buffer to ease her grief over More.

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Lan Xauzhao - Thoughtful and Decisive

Dr. Xuezhao Lan is the founding and managing partner of Basis Set Ventures, a $140M early stage venture fund focused on enterprise artificial intelligence. Lan built the Corporate Development Strategy team at Dropbox. Prior to Dropbox, she was an engagement manager at McKinsey and founded a brain training startup. She studied human brain functions for her Ph.D. and received her MA in Statistics, both from the University of Michigan. She also did her post-doc at Harvard and has produced several peer-reviewed articles in top publications including Science.

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Janine Firpo - Warrior & Collaborator

Janine Firpo has been a social innovator for 20 plus years. She has been working at the intersection of technology and international development problems. She is currently a Deputy Director in the Financial Services for the Poor team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In her role, Janine is responsible for accelerating and deepening the penetration of digital financial services beyond basic payments in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda while ensuring that the grantmaking and management are of the highest standards. 

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Karen Talavera - Savvy and Spitfire

Karen Talavera is a change agent. As an entrepreneur, writer, mother and world traveler, she draws on the rich and usually overlooked experiences of daily life to illuminate opportunities for awakening, share her perspective on living from spirit, and highlight insights hidden in plain sight.  She writes about this and more on her blog The Accidental Seeker and on Huffington Post.

In 2003 Karen founded Synchronicity Marketing, a company specializing in digital marketing training, coaching, and education. After twenty years in the field, she grows continually more fascinated by the revolutionary role the Internet has played in the way we connect to one another.  

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Chris Franks - Compassionate and Determined

Chris Franks has been chosen as a #ladybadass as she doesn’t let other people’s expectations define her – qualifying originally as a nurse, she’s forged a stellar career in the aid sector, at CEO and board level. She’s one of those rare individuals who has experience across sales, marketing, fundraising, consumer research and customer service at an executive level in both commercial and not-for-profit sectors.

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