“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Margaret Mead
I'm April Cleek and I currently live in Atlanta, Georgia. Having given birth to 4 babies in the last 3 years as well as starting my company 5 years ago, I learned very quickly how to believe in a growth mindset. I am founder and CEO of EHR Concepts a Healthcare Information Technology Staffing firm. The Strive Challenge and all that it stands for made my heart leap when I heard about it. I wanted to do this challenge to prove to myself that I am truly capable of something like this. I am excited to be apart of the Core Team and will be bringing our babies along to cheer us all on.
I'm Felix Stellmaszek, husband, father of two amazing girls, and a partner & managing director with The Boston Consulting Group in the U.S. Being a partner at BCG means that I have the privilege of being the trusted advisor for several Fortune 500 companies. It shouldn't come as a surprise that I've always enjoyed challenging myself – professionally as well as athletically. When it comes to the latter, I'm an avid triathlete and so far managed to finish three Ironman-distance races. That said, STRIVE is a whole new challenge and growth opportunity!
Having grown up with a love of the outdoors that stemmed from summer holidays in the Highlands of Scotland, I love pushing myself physically and mentally beyond what I know I'm capable of. To date this has included rowing across the Atlantic and Indian Oceans despite not being a rower, and of course being part of the core team for Strive in 2014. The amazing legacy of Strive 2014 in terms of projects supported by Big Change that are driving real change for young people, as well as the experience, and camaraderie of the event itself, meant I couldn't resist getting involved again.
Jason is Dad to Skye, Blythe, Art & Aaron, and a serial entrepreneur in UK tech. He was Founder & CEO at Albion, one of Europe's hottest creative agencies for early stage technology brands. His work at Albion has led him to develop product, brand and growth strategies for Skype, eBay, King, Betfair, Zoopla and many other businesses. In January 2016 Jason became non Executive Chairman of Albion and took on Entrepreneur In Residence roles at Atomico and Local Globe. Jason is an active Angel investor in the likes of Soluto, Brainient, Chemist Direct, Uniplaces, Kano, Farmdrop, and MedX.
Canadian foundations, Indo-Swedish extraction, British education yet often called an All American girl. Favourite surfaces are snow and water but spend most days running on the grass of Richmond Park. Crazy about good tea, coffee and anything spicy. Wear my heart on my sleeve and never think about the cost, only the value.
Conceived in 1970 by Sir Richard Branson, the Virgin Group has gone on to grow successful businesses in sectors including mobile telephony, travel and transportation, financial services, leisure and entertainment and health and wellness. Since starting youth culture magazine "Student" at aged 16, Richard has found entrepreneurial ways to drive positive change in the world. In 2004 Richard established Virgin Unite, the non-profit foundation of the Virgin Group, and now most of his time is now spent building businesses that will make a positive difference in the world.