The ConversationaLIST is an annual celebration of the best and brightest Gen Zers who are using their voices in the face of adversity to prove that young people are the amplifiers, unifiers, and disruptors that the world needs NOW.meet our 2021 LIST honorees
Sriya is the CEO of GirlsWhoSTEAM, a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to closing the gender gap in STEM. Her mission is to make STEM an inclusive environment for everyone.
Dakota is an actor and singer who stars as "Coop" on Disney's "Coop and Cami ask the world." He is an anti-bullying advocate who uses his platform to inform and educate about the impact of bullying.
Eshan is the founder of the Outspoken Narrative, an award-winning docuseries studio. He encourages others to create during difficult times, because that desire saved his life.
Eno is the founder and CEO of Naija Comm, the first-ever online community catered to Nigerian creatives and professionals in overlooked career fields specifically.
Saadia fights for racial equality by working with the Welsh Government on the Racial Equality Action plan. She hosts a podcast with the aim of empowering, uplifting and inspiring Gen Z.
Rochelle is an internationally recognized author, educator and social entrepreneur. She founded a non-profit called SPARK Foundation to make sure marginalized youth voices are heard.
Emmanuel Mirus Ponon
Emmanuel Mirus founded Youth Advocates for the Philippines, Inc. (YAP) in 2019 to break down barriers for youth and other disadvantaged sectors.
Francesca is the Founder and President of Inspiring My Generation Corporation, a nonprofit organization on a mission to save lives through mental health awareness.
Jonathan is is a youth community leader at Minkwon community action center where he helps lead an educational social justice program and develops immigrant rights related campaigns.
Riley W. Chong
Riley founded the Fit for the Future Project, a global 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization striving to empower and educate Generation Z on global health issues.
Domonique uses Youtube to showcase diversity across universities so people of color can see themselves in institutions where they have been underrepresented.
Lily published the first episode of her podcast "Be the change" in June 2020 in an effort to amplify the voices and share the stories of young people who are changing the world.
Nikita is the founder and CEO of 360 Creativity, a company focused on inspiring creativity and social change. He advocates on many different platforms to amplify youth voices.
Kelsey is the founder/CEO of CLLCTVE, the portfolio platform connecting creators to their next opportunity. She has been featured as a next-gen leader by Forbes 30 Under 30, and the NYTimes.
Olivia is part of Bozeman High School Principal’s Advisory Board, Montana Youth Action's board, and is an educator for Bridgercare, Bozeman's reproductive health care clinic.
Stephanie is the founder and executive director of Dear Asian Youth and the Co-Founder of CUSD Against Racism. She is passionate about uplifting marginalized voices into intersectional activism.
Joshua is the co-founder of B.R.E.A.T.H.E., an organization that seeks to address systemic racism and abuse through legislation. He is also a public speaker, civil rights leader, and activist.
Ava Hedeker is the founder of F(earth)er, an interdisciplinary environmental magazine where she mentors writers to learn how their passions connect to the environment.
Raquel Perry is the president of her March for Our Lives Chapter at Florida Atlantic University and is a poet and uses her love for writing to bring awareness to social issues most important to her.
Sydnee is the founder of Jumbled Dreams, a volunteer service organization that strives to bring out the good in others and to show that together we can make a difference in this world.
Zahier is a student at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, GA where he studies Film and Television. He is committed to bringing diverse points of view into conversations.
Mia is the is the executive director and founder of the Canadian Youth Climate Action Team, co-founder of the Untold Stories Club, and Editor in Chief of her school newspaper.
Malavika is the author of two books that explore themes of cybercrime, child trafficking, and abuse, and the founder-executive director of The Indian Inquirer, a youth-led media organization.
Kelsey is the founder and CEO of For You international, a global non-profit organization centered around body confidence, eating disorder prevention, and youth empowerment.
Adrija is a co-founder of Mentoring the Stars Foundation and Hearts of B.C. Foundation, organizations committed to improving student and patient outcomes in British Columbia.
Hayden is a high school student and musician who amplifies the voices of others in the TC community by spotlighting other people's thoughts, views, and opinions in her posts.
Rida Yumn Ahmed
Rida is a Gen Z growth hacker who amplifies women's voices through her involvement in 'STEMinism' and her work on her new book that tackles women breaking glass ceilings.
Aidan is the founder and executive director of Gen Z For Change. He is also a content creator who rose to fame on TikTok, where he shares both relatable and political videos.
Annmarie is a multipotentialite, who is passionate about human rights, political advocacy, and more. She has been profiled by ABC’s Tiempo, the Wall Street Journal, and more.
Spencer Barbosa is a content creator, entrepreneur, and actress who, she uses her voice to embrace discomfort, break down perfection and bring people together.
Frankie Grande is an actor, musician, dancer, and media personality, who uses his platform to advocate for disadvantaged youth and LGBTQ+ rights and build community.
Ziad is the CEO of JUV Consulting, a Gen Z company that works with clients to help them empower young people and the Founder of Redefy, a non-profit committed to equality.
Clarene is an activist who uses her Indigenous voice to advocate for Indigenous and POC issues. She also has two professional conference publications.
Noelle is a content creator who approaches controversial conversations in a way that allows her audience to understand different perspectives.
Adelaide is a youth advocate from Hong Kong who has founded multiple organizations to make a change in her local community and raise awareness about mental illness.
Rebecca Joseph is the founder of Women In Politics an organization dedicated to making politics a tangible career path for young girls through promoting equality and passion.
Antonina is a mental health and eating disorder recovery advocate who received the 2018 Courage Award from the Governor of Ohio.
Jenk is the Founder & CMO of Thred Media, a 100% social enterprise focused on Publishing, Consulting and Production aimed at Generation Z.
Lorena is a climate activist and the Operations Director of Zero Hour, an international movement of youth creating entry-level resources for climate action.
Tolu Adetola is a student at Wharton U Penn who uses his voice to advocate for the tolerance of different perspectives and the destruction of echo chambers.
Angela is the founder of EnRoute, an application which helps people reduce their carbon footprint and fight greenwashing through their daily activities.
Maggie is the co-founder of Gourmand where she is building a community centered around hospitality and food for the next generation.
La'Mon is the founder & CEO of GZTC, an organization that values a difference of opinion and allows for growth and development for every Gen Z'er.
Armita is an entrepreneur and author of the book "Roadmap to Financial Literacy: An Introduction to Personal Finance For Teenagers," in 2020.
Saad is an activist and the co-founder of Plus1Vote, an organization dedicated to improving voter turnout and improving representation in democracy.
Samir is the founder and executive director of Youth Climate Action Team Inc, 501(c)4 climate justice nonprofit with over 1,500 youth organizers.
Ting Ting Shi
Ting Ting is the Editor-in-Chief of "Exploring Race," seeking to uplift BIPOC students on the University of Chicago's campus and bring more transparency to their experiences.
Aidan is the founder and president of Happy Human Project, an organization that embodies the importance of how a strong community can create happiness.
Sanjana brings members of her community together thorough social media, working with social justice organizations, and writing in her school newspaper.
Chloe is the co-founder of Eco Circle International, a youth-led non-profit bridging the gap between intersectional environmental education and action.
Shane is an activist and influencer with 4 million+ followers. He founded the first Cloud Computing and SaaS course at Berkeley, where he instructs over 150 students.
Sadie is a college student, who as a member of the TC community is committed to making everyone feel included and heard during every conversation.
Jacob the founder of the nonprofit Love For Our Elders which aims to bridge intergenerational barriers and fight loneliness in the senior population.
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She is the founder and CEO at Perspectoverse, a student-run organization providing a platform for discussions on underrepresented issues.
Ampai is the founder, and director of Step Above Stigma: a network of mental health advocates working to raise funds and affect change.
Youssef, a first generation college student, developed an advocacy program with over 100K followers where he shares resources regarding college equity.
Teagan is the co-founder of the social media movement Live Life Unfiltered and the viral #AsSheIs Campaign, alongside her twin Keisha.
Keisha is the co-founder of the social media movement Live Life Unfiltered and the viral #AsSheIs Campaign, alongside her twin Teagen.
Rico is a TC community member who makes a conscious effort to make everyone feel seen, heard, and validated in and out of the community.
Sia is committed to unifying by seeking out conversations with people who think differently and started a chapter of the Gen Z organization, Zenerations.
Matt Bernstein, also known as MattXIV, is a content creator and influencer. He uses makeup and photography to to educate his audience and empower marginalized communities.
Sierra Capri can most recently be seen in the final season of the Netflix Original series "ON MY BLOCK." She plays the lead role of “Monse, who is on the cusp of evolving into a young woman.
Jade is a social entrepreneur and current CEO at X8 Media, an influencer marketing agency that works with tech platforms and civic movements.
Brandon is a speaker, Gen Z activist and author who inspires millions of people across the globe with his universal message of living life on your own terms and building the framework for self-acceptance.
Aimée works to advance environmental health protections for frontline communities and broaden the representation of excluded communities in environmental narratives.
Schuyler is know for being the first transgender athlete to compete in any sport on an NCAA Division 1 men’s teams and for his advocacy which has earned him numerous honors.
Nadya is the co-founder of August, a lifestyle period brand working to reimagine periods to be powerful. She is also a mental health advocate and known as a Gen Z marketing expert.
Riya is a Gen Z consultant and writer who recently penned "The Gen Z Book." She informs brands on how to market to Gen-Z, disrupting the world of traditional advertising and marketing.
James is a non-binary, gender-fluid actor, Health at Every Size Personal Trainer, trauma-informed yoga teacher, and DEI consultant who writes about gender, eating disorder recovery.
Olivia is the founder of TheCramm, a newsletter that offers a young person's perspective news stories. Her goal is to create the next generation of activists by informing them on current events.
Taylor is the Owner of the entertainment network EBNTV, producing and distributing content that has accrued over 12 million views across all social platforms.
Daphne Frias is a 23 year old disabled youth activist and agent of change who is passionate about ending gun violence and fighting against the climate crisis.
Joel is a third year medical student who talks about racial disparities and biases in healthcare on TikTok and Instagram where he has over 375,000 combined followers.
Estella uses the power of social media to encourage others to use their personal influence for good. She recently was featured in "Generation We: the Power and Promise of Gen Z."
Hannah Grady Williams
Hannah is the Gen Z CEO Advisor who partners with business owners to create a better Future of Work for her generation by disrupting norms.
Zach Sage Fox
Zach is a media CEO, TV Host, producer, director, writer, actor, marketer and entrepreneur. He is currently the host of The Scroll, a news show that breaks down news that matters.
Jamey is a self-taught designer, strategist, creator, and co-founder of Continuum.xyz, a web-3 education start-up for creatives.
Stephanie is the lead director of Superposition, an organization bridging the gender gap in STEM through events, chapters, and mentorship.
Sam is the co-founder of Elevation Nation, a podcast and community that helps young adults transition into and conquer the challenges of the real world.
Bruna, a senior at the University of Illinois - Chicago, was born in Brazil and is dedicated to lifting up others from diverse backgrounds to make education more accessible.
Aryam is a medical student and child abuse survivor who recently sought asylum in the U.K. from Kuwait. She amplifies the voices of those suffering from oppression in Kuwait.
Avi is an entrepreneur and computer programmer who created one of the first and largest coronavirus tracking websites that has been used by millions of people around the world.
Folasade is an outspoken activist, the President of Generation Action, oSTEM and the globalhealthU coordinator for GlobeMed at Howard University. She is constantly striving to change the status quo.
Zandy is the founder of the NextGen Accessibility Initiative where she partners with Gen Z organizations to identify accessibility gaps in their digital content and make accessibility universal.
Bayan is currently serving as Yale’s Student Body President, and was the first Muslim and first Arab elected to the role. She is pursuing the intersection of healthcare access and international development.
Jeeva ran for office in Parker, Colorado at the age of 18 and is known for her activism in climate change, mental health, and teacher pay.
Ryann is a student and animal rights activist from Toronto, Canada who worked on The Body Shop team through Plan Canada's Girls Belong Here program.
Charlie is a student and writer who recently self-published a collection of poems, essays and other works, titled "In Exile: Words of a Joyful Misfit."
Swetha is a firm advocate for quality education and spreading creativity in curriculum through visual media and tech. She has built an audience of over 64K through her work.
Denia is a student-activist, Young Scholar Research intern at the African American Policy Forum, and teen advisor to the United Nation Foundation’s Girl Up Campaign.
Clare is a college student and TC community member who challenges the way in which people think about different topics, presenting new angles and perspectives to consider.