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“We’re All Sea Creatures”: Dr. Sylvia Earle Explains Why the Oceans Are Crucial to Economic Prosperity

“We’re all sea creatures,” says marine biologist, explorer and author Dr. Sylvia Earle, president and chairman of Mission Blue/The Sylvia Earle Alliance, in this exclusive video chat with Real Leaders Magazine. And protecting the world’s oceans is about more than saving the whales and dolphins—it’s about economic prosperity and the overall health of humankind, too.

Earle is a National Geographic explorer-in-residence and was the first female chief scientist of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Time Magazine named her its first Hero for the Planet in 1998. Since her childhood, she has watched the oceans become a “dump site” for humankind’s garbage and has worked to protect special sections—dubbed “Hope Spots”—that are critical to the planet’s health.

Businesses can play a role in defending the oceans while creating jobs and promoting economic development, Earle believes. “The really durable and clever businesses are those that will figure out how best to use these assets,” she says. “Healthy oceans mean healthy people. An unhealthy ocean surely means that we’re in trouble.”

About Real Leaders Magazine: Located on the web at real-leaders.com, Real Leaders Magazine is the world’s first sustainable business and leadership magazine. Real Leaders aims to inspire better leaders for a better world, a world of far-sighted, sustainable leadership that helps find solutions to the problems that 7.5 billion people have created on a small planet. Click here to subscribe to Real LeadersFor more Real Leaders video content, check out their Youtube page here.

Sullivan Foundation Offers Unique Student Internship Opportunity for 2020 MO Summit

College students from all Sullivan Foundation partner schools are invited to participate in a once-in-a-lifetime internship opportunity or combined internship/course credit option for the MO Summit, a yearly industry-leading social enterprise and business leadership event taking place May 12-13 in Portland, Oregon.

Presented by Big Path Capital and Real Leaders magazine, the MO Summit convenes leaders who are scaling high-growth, positive-impact companies. Nearly 200 CEOs from the most successful social impact businesses in the U.S., Canada and several other countries will attend this informative, changemaking industry gathering. In addition, the first RealLeaders 100 (the top CEOs of social enterprises) will be recognized at the event.

Student interns will have the opportunity to meet, assist, network with and learn from top executives that are creating positive change through their businesses, innovating leadership, and building unique, socially impactful mission-driven companies. Student interns will be exposed to cutting-edge social enterprises and B corporations that are redefining archaic ways of thinking about ourselves, our employees, our companies, our industry, and the world.

this photo shows a panel discussion of social enterprise CEOs at the MO Summit

College students in the Sullivan network of colleges and universities will have the opportunity to meet, learn from and network with nearly 200 CEOs of top social enterprises at the MO Summit this May.

Keynote speakers for this year’s MO Summit include Gunnar Lovelace, CEO of Good Money; Matt Hayer, CEO of Vital Farms; and Melanie Dulbecco, CEO of Torani. Additionally, 15 CEOs, partners, founders and executives will speak at the event.

Only a limited number of MO Summit internships are available. Sullivan School students or faculty interested in learning more about the internships only should contact Melissa Scheiderer via email at melissa@bigpathcapital.com.

The combined internship/course credit option is offered through the University of Mississippi. However, students at Sullivan partner schools are responsible for checking with their own schools to make sure the credits will transfer. To learn more about this option, contact Dr. Jody Holland via email at jholland@olemiss.edu.

 

Video: 10-Year-Old Ryan Hickman Leads Global Recycling Effort

At three years old, Ryan Hickman of San Juan Capistrano, Calif., tagged along with his dad to a local recycling center with a few bags of cans and bottles—and the experience changed his life. He soon enlisted his neighbors to save their recyclables for him, and they recruited their friends, relatives and co-workers to help out, too. Today, Ryan is the social entrepreneur behind Ryan’s Recycling Company and has become a global ambassador for recycling, appearing on the Ellen Degeneres Show, Good Morning America, the TODAY Show and many others. In this interview with Kevin Edwards of Real Leaders Magazine, Ryan shares his inspiring story and offers advice for people of all ages who want to make a difference.

About Real Leaders Magazine: Located on the web at real-leaders.com, Real Leaders Magazine is the world’s first sustainable business and leadership magazine. Real Leaders aims to inspire better leaders for a better world, a world of far-sighted, sustainable leadership that helps find solutions to the problems that 7.5 billion people have created on a small planet. Click here to subscribe to Real Leaders. For more Real Leaders video content, check out their Youtube page here.