The stars of tomorrow

It is so important that those of us fortunate to have enjoyed some success use their platform to lift up others. Whether within our Virgin businesses, our investments, or campaigns like Business Is An Adventure, VOOM and Fast Track, I love working with and celebrating the next generation of business leaders.

That’s why I was eager to take part in Wired’s 2017 Smart List, highlighting and celebrating some of the stars of tomorrow, from bioscience to software, fashion to entertainment. Young people will inherit the world that we leave behind and therefore should have a major role in shaping its future.

There were plenty of people that I could have named, but I decided to suggest Holly Ransom, CEO of millennial consultancy Emergent. She is already having a significant impact today, and will go on to do a lot more tomorrow. As well as her day job, she is co-chair of the United Nations Global Coalition of  Young Women Entrepreneurs, leading efforts to break down barriers stopping women becoming successful entrepreneurs on a global basis, and particularly in the developing world.

We have crossed paths at a number of events, and she has thoroughly impressed me with her knowledge, poise and new ideas. I suspect you'll be hearing from her in the future as more and more female CEOs come to the fore, changing business for good.

Head over to Wired to read about the first 10 Smart List innovators, and get the magazine for the full list. Who would you nominate as your star of tomorrow?

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