El Brown: This founder of a music-based movement class has changed lives—including her own By Katie Morell It was late in 2008 when El Brown, a former teacher, came up with a business idea that would soon help thousands of children, land her on The Oprah Winfrey...

Katica Roy’s start-up, Pipeline Equity, uses AI software to close the gender-equity pay gap By Ellen Lee On Christmas Day 1956, in the aftermath of the Hungarian Revolution, President Dwight Eisenhower’s personal plane flew 21 Hungarian refugees to their new home in the United States. Katica Roy’s father...

The start-up veteran made life easier for moms when she launched a company while taking time off to be with her children By Katrina Brown Hunt In 2011, Lynn Perkins took a break from the tech world to spend quality time with her small kids. In doing...

Between hard hats and experiments with dusty robots, Tessa Lau follows a leadership approach that’s human first and foremost By Aditi Malhotra Inside a small warehouse in a nondescript building in Silicon Valley, Tessa Lau and her team of six roboticists at Dusty Robotics have set up shop...

Nonprofit CEO Jennifer Loving has developed relationships with tech companies to take on Silicon Valley’s most vexing issue—homelessness By Jackie Krentzman When Jennifer Loving was growing up in Southern California in the 1970s and ’80s, her uncle was a “fire-and-brimstone” minister. He ran a church in Venice Beach that...

As renowned chef and restaurant entrepreneur Traci Des Jardins has learned, running a restaurant can be a lot like—and at the same time radically different from—running other businesses...

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