Inclusion in action
Driven to create, inspired to spark change
Meet the women and girls who are driven to think big, take risks, and create. They take on challenges, from the everyday to the epic, sparking meaningful change for all.
From creating housing for the homeless to bridging cultural divides through language to starting a business that disrupts the cycle of gang violence, these visionaries show that tackling even the most complex challenges starts with a taking a single action. Here are their stories.
Alianna empowers kids to dream big and take action
Alianna Hines has an unusual resume—entrepreneur, author, and fourth grader. She’s the CEO and founder of Jr Flips, a kid-run company that takes distressed properties and transforms them into beautifully renovated single-family homes for homeless and low-income families in the Washington, DC area.
When she’s not reading, playing basketball, keeping up with school work, or flipping houses, Alianna writes books to inspire other kids to pursue their dreams, too. In 2018, Alianna released two books, 25 Businesses Kids Can Start for Under $500 and Becoming a Kid Entrepreneur.
From getting business advice from Oprah to being featured in Forbes, Ebony, and on Steve Harvey, Alianna dedicates her time to sharing her belief that kids have something valuable to offer the world. She encourages them to be bold, creative, and uniquely themselves.
Don’t be the next me. Be the first you.- Alianna Hines, author and CEO, Jr Flips
ShaoLan’s quest to bridge cultural divides through language
After struggling to include Chinese in her children’s daily lives in London, tech entrepreneur ShaoLan Hsueh was inspired to create Chineasy, an app that uses illustrations to promote a deeper understanding of both Chinese language and culture.
After breaking down thousands of Chinese characters, ShaoLan realized that there are only 70 to 80 building blocks that can be used to make hundreds of thousands of characters. She developed a system using illustrations to make remembering these building blocks easy.
As she developed Chineasy, she realized she was also bridging a gap between eastern and western cultures. That’s because in Chinese, the written characters are actually symbols, each with a historic meaning that’s deeply rooted in the culture.
Today, Chineasy is used by teachers, by Chinese families raising kids abroad, by travelers, and by beginners of all ages who are serious about learning Chinese. It has expanded to include games, apps, and publications available in over 19 languages across more than 30 countries.Find out more about ShaoLan
- ShaoLan, entrepreneur and founder, ChineasyThe surest way to gain a deep understanding of Chinese culture—of any culture, really—is through language.
Ariela is working to break the cycle of violence in El Salvador
Having grown up amidst the violence of El Salvador’s Civil War, Ariela Suster knew she wanted to find a way to use her skills and experiences to help “disrupt the sequence of events that keeps El Salvador, and its people, in violence.”
After a decade working in New York’s fashion editorial world, Ariela decided it was time to take action. “I was inspired to direct my industry experience into giving at-risk youth an alternative to joining the gangs that made El Salvador the second most dangerous country in the world.”
She founded Sequence, a jewelry and accessory line featuring brightly colored, knotted designs made by local youths in El Salvador who were paid up to three times more than they could make elsewhere.
Sequence also provides food and educational programs, including online English and computer classes. On Saturdays, they reach out to the community and offer free art, spirituality, and values classes to local kids. As the jewelry collection grows, so will their community outreach.Learn more about Ariela
- Ariela Suster, Founder & Creative Director, SequenceI want to create something really grassroots, really community-based, where young people will be the agents of change in their community.