Forbes 30 Under 30 List Packed With Groundbreaking Women Leaders (Including Her Agenda’s Founder!)

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This morning, Forbes announced its annual 30 Under 30 – the top list of some of the world’s most influential young leaders from across over 20 industries (600 total) including entrepreneurship, media, and activism.

This year’s list was more competitive than ever says Forbes, with over 15,000 applications and just a 4% acceptance rate – making it harder to get into than any ivy league in the country. The leaders on Forbes 30 under 30 are socially driven, business minded, and entrepreneurially savvy. Over 50% of those listed included founders or cofounders of companies. The majority of those founders started their company to solve a problem.

Excitingly, Her Agenda founder Rhonesha Byng topped the media and the dorm room founders categories this year for her work through the Her Agenda community and news network. Byng also is also an Emmy award winning journalist.

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Joining Byng are a slew of amazing powerhouse women leaders, including…

Simone Biles

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Biles was this year’s Olympic darling, hailed as potentially the best female gymnast of all time and capturing four Olympic gold medals at Rio, including all-around champion.

Ryan Burke

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Burke is a special assistant to the president for economic policy. She designed, led and implemented the TechHire  initiative – a group implemented under the Obama administration designed to train nontechnies with the right skills and funnel them into the high demand tech market.

Keiana Cave

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Before she turned 18, Keiana Cave had coded for Microsoft, patented two inventions, three publications, pitched to high profile investor Daymond John and was about to sell one of her inventions to Chevron. Is she the next hybrid of Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerburg? Who knows! But her methods of detecting toxins in oil spill areas was enough to raise 1.2 million from Chevron to continue her research work at the University of Michigan. 

Peche Di

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Founder of Trans Models, one of three modeling agencies in the world that represents trans models. Di is an NYU grad, trans model and Thai beauty queen.

Ashley Ford

Development executive, Web series & video, Matter Studios, Ashley Ford, Forbes 30 under 30, media,

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Ford is a writer you need to know about. In addition to her role as a  development executive at Matter Studios,  her compelling works have also been featured in Elle, The Guardian, and Lenny Letter. Additionally, she has her own podcast called Authorized, and alongside Roxane Gay,  is co-editing a book of stories from rape survivors.

Emily Motayed

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 A cofounder of the interior design company Havenly, an online company that allows you to hire and collaborate with online designers for a flat fee – making your apartment easy and affordable to live in. In just three years, Havenly raised over 13.3 million in funding.

Lu Zhang

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Founder and managing partner of NewGen Capital, an early stage venture capital firm that focuses on up and coming tech companies, developing them in both the Asian and American markets.

You can check out the full list at Forbes 30 under 30.

Shanthi Blanchard

About Shanthi Blanchard

Shanthi is the managing editor for Her Agenda. She has built her career around inclusive feminism, marketing, and communication strategies, creating award-winning digital and real-time spaces where women's voices thrive.  Having worked at some of the top agencies in the world while empowering over 20 female-founded startups in London, New York, and Silicon Valley to grow,  Shanthi founded, a company designed by highly-skilled female consultants to help women entrepreneurs grow and scale across marketing and biz dev. Shanthi additionally serves as the editor of The I AM WOMAN Project, runner, traveler and lover of NYC style pizza. Her writing is featured on,  Blogher, and The London School of Economic's Engenderings. Follow her on twitter and Instagram @Oms4Shanthi
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