The year 2021 started—and is expected to end—on a low note, as COVID-19 remains a massive threat not only to global health but also to today’s industries. Widely considered one of the most trying times in recent decades, this year proved challenging to go-getters across all fields, from tech and finance to healthcare and manufacturing. However, notable personalities rose to meet the challenge—leaders who have proven their mettle by addressing the long string of economic and social issues brought about by the pandemic and spearheading companies that are not exempted from the debilitating impact of the outbreak. Through their success, they demonstrate how fellow authorities can adapt and pivot in the face of crisis, setting a precedent for future powerhouses.
Check out this year’s top ten CEOs.
- Linda Washington
A multi-faceted personality whose creative endeavors and story continue to inspire women from all walks of life, Linda Washington is one of today’s must-watch forces. The mother of four and breast cancer survivor has recently rolled out her new single called “Need Love,” which features the famous superstar Lamar and sends across a powerful message of hope and love for all breast cancer patients.
Linda Washington doesn’t only capitalize on the power of music to stand in solidarity with other survivors but also wields the impact of books to urge women forward. Her book, Forbidden and Broken: Finding Love Behind the Scars, takes readers on her touching journey from her pre-treatment days marked by happiness to the post-treatment life of rejections and empty sympathetic looks.
The Phoenix native is currently making a difference as a nurse, providing care to those in need while simultaneously serving as a beacon of hope for breast cancer patients and survivors.
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- Royston G King
Royston G King is a self-made celebrity investor, partner, & advisor to multiple million-dollar & billion-dollar public & private ventures. He is a world-renowned celebrity, philanthropist, and revolutionist changing the world to create a heaven on earth.
He is also considered one of the most accomplished individuals & serial entrepreneurs by age 21. And also the world’s first & #1 curator of Good Purpose Brands.
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- Lisa Collum
Time Management Expert Lisa Collum is a published author, leading educator, mother of four, and the brilliant mind behind “Top Score Writing, Inc.” Designed to inspire confidence within individuals, Lisa, through her venture, offers timeless strategies to generate revenue consistently without having to sacrifice other obligations.
Drafting a curriculum that melds seamlessly with digital platforms, Lisa has equipped countless women worldwide with hard-earned marketing techniques and hacks that the entrepreneur secured in her 16-year-long career. Connecting to the global audience, Lisa Collum has been regarded as a recurring character in numerous success stories.
Through her empowering lessons and dedication to her students, the Top Score Writing, Inc. CEO has allowed women to take a steady first step into the industry and, nearly immediately, break into a run.
- Dr. Velma Trayham
Held as an inspiring and award-winning entrepreneur, Dr. Velma Trayham is a sought-after empowerment specialist, revolutionary thinker, and transformational leader who has effectively mentored thousands of women past poverty and into financial freedom through “Millionaire Mastermind Academy.”
Devoting her knowledge and experience as an African American woman who secured the top rung, Dr. Velma’s non-profit economic empowerment program has been fine-tuned and specially designed to produce Millionaires in thought and action within her students.
The program’s phenomenal impact has introduced great demand for its services. To satisfy the clamor, Dr. Velma launched a talk show to discuss the salient points of Millionaire Mastermind Academy to the public and move them to rise above dismal financial circumstances through entrepreneurship. Along with the show, the doctor’s teachings are also incorporated in her best-selling self-help book When God Says Go.
- Davide Vatine
Born and raised in the capital of Israel, Jerusalem City, CEO David Vatine initially did not envision himself as the leading and coveted marketer in the industry.
At an early age, dedication to family and community was instilled within him, which moved him to apply for a post in aid of the government, where he later served as commander in the Israeli K9 unit. The years he spent in service broadened his horizons and trained him to think outside the box.
This is why when his sister, a wedding dress designer, wanted to market her business, David came up with the golden idea to employ virtual platforms. It was a hit. David’s sister became an overnight success, and he, realizing the power of his influence, launched “David Vatine LTD.”
Based in Israel and now with more than 20 employees, the venture is renowned as one of the premier digital marketing agencies worldwide.
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- Kimberly Cloud
Wig expert and serial entrepreneur Kimberly Cloud is on a one-woman mission to crown individuals worldwide. As the Founder and CEO of the cleaning agency Blue Cloud Cleaning, LLC, the virtual shops, Genuinely Michelle Wigs, LLC, Wigs for Success, LLC, and Dress for Success LLC, Kimberly is passionate about furthering beauty in individuals and their surroundings.
The multi-talented entrepreneur’s efforts in securing the best materials and crafting fashionable styles have elevated the standards of wigs in the industry and raised Kimberly Cloud as the forward-thinking innovator behind numerous must-have pieces.
While continuing to perfect her craft and raise global wig standards higher, the entrepreneur has also been leveraging her crowded platform as an avenue to further her advocacies to normalize the conversation on mental health and forge healthy work environments.
- Kyle Kane
Kyle Kane is a highly-decorated entrepreneur, creator, producer, and TEDx speaker. As the Founder and CEO of 180 South Group, Kyle was recognized by Inc. Magazine’s coveted 500 List when his venture was named the 13th Fastest Growing Company in America and snagged the 24th seat for Global Marketing and Advertising.
As 180 South Group continued to make waves in local and international fields, Kyle Kane polished his portfolio by producing ten 2-hour live broadcasts and multiple pop culture events in anticipation of the Grammy’s and the Super Bowl. His record expanded further after signing on Beyond Pacific and donating his expertise to forward timeless solutions to debilitating issues.
Outside of his awe-inducing professional background, Kyle is also a renowned philanthropist who founded The Mothers Ball, which celebrates the woman as herself, a mother, and an influential member of society.
- Brittany Browne
As a well-loved supernova who fans a spark of hope into a flame and lightens futures, Brittany Browne is an accomplished educator, author, motivational speaker, certified master life coach, and entrepreneur.
With an extensive background in Nursing Education, Research, and Quality and Risk Support, Brittany has formulated several impenetrable strategies that have supported individuals in their path toward wellness. Through her company “Brittany Brown Life Coaching,” the entrepreneur takes an active role in aiding individuals to acquire an ideal physical and mental state.
Under the venture, she has released “Supernova” Becoming the Star of your Own Galaxy,” which is a six-step manual that outlines the processes for self-discovery, awareness, acceptance, love, and finding peace within to move on and let go.
To further her audience, outside of the reading populace, Brittany has recently joined the roster of talents for the sought-after Shawn Fair Leadership Experience Tour.
- GiGi Diaz
GiGi Diaz thought she had it all. When she finished high school, the Cuban-born entrepreneur successfully launched “GiGi’s Academy.” The dance studio began growing exponentially and, soon, GiGi found herself in radio and television as an on-air personality. As this was manageable, the entrepreneur later opened herself to another endeavor – earning a Master’s degree.
This proved detrimental to GiGi Diaz as she slowly realized that there were limits to what her body could handle – and when she was hospitalized due to exhaustion, she knew she had to change. She started making positive changes and discovered a passion for guiding entrepreneurs to mindfulness and peace.
So, she launched her life-altering coaching business, “Seizing Happy™,” which has been making headlines for its unique approach and remarkable effect in nurturing both the business and the person behind it equally.
- Jessica Barnes
A renowned go-getter, Jessica Barnes is a legal advisor, business consultant, life coach, and the brilliant mind behind the client-preferred “S.W.a.G. Consulting LLC.”
Before launching her career in the industry, Jessica secured an extensive academic background – graduating with a double major in Criminal Justice and Psychology and, subsequently, securing a Juris Doctor degree. This knowledge was furthered by over a decade of experience in government service as a sought-after consultant and as a life coach.
The invaluable work experience refined Jessica’s perspective and later inspired a change of pace. So, she established S.W.a.G. Consulting, LLC, which, carrying its Founder’s personality, is an acronym for “See It – Want It- and – Get It!”
Through Jessica Barnes’ unique Dream Designer program providing various courses, “get it” is exactly what clients have confirmed after securing her services.