Yasmin Green

Thinker, Doer, Head of Research & Development at Google's think tank "Jigsaw"

With one goal in mind - to make the internet a safer place around the world, Yasmin Green is eternally hopeful. Growing up in the age of trailblazing women, such as Margaret Thatcher, Yasmin Green was able to see women in power while becoming a powerful woman herself.


Q: Where is home?
A: Where my husband is. When he's not on tour, that place is Brooklyn.

Q: Mantra you live by:
A: "Give a damn." (My friend Tennessee Thomas wrote the message on a shirt last year; perfect timing).

Q: How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
A: Hopeful, compassionate, audacious.  

Q: Favorite song of all time
A: "I Love Trash" by Oscar The Grouch.

Q: Complete the sentence: I got my big break when…
A: I moved to New York to build the part of Google that builds technology to make people around the world safer.

Q: Last album you listened to
A: "Ape in Pink Marble" by Devendra Banhart

Q: A woman you admire?
A: Margaret Thatcher. Though she was not universally liked during her near decade-long reign as the Prime Minister of the UK, she was a female powerhouse in a field filled with deep prejudice. Because of her, I grew up seeing the highest office and strongest voice in the country be that of a woman.

Q: ‘Other’ is about loving what makes you different. It’s about being yourself. What’s ‘other’ about you?
A: I'm an Iranian British geopolitical techie raising a family with an American Jewish indie rocker husband. So I guess that.

Q: Complete the sentence. When I wake up in the morning I -- -- -
A: Yell back at my wailing progeny -- "I'm COOOOOOOMIING Zeba!!!" -- in the hope that she'll pipe down while I orient myself and behold a bold new day.

Q: Best advice you’ve ever been given
A: Gain credibility from direct experience. One recent example: If you're going to be an expert on online radicalization -- go to Iraq and interview ISIS.

Q: One thing not many people know about you
A: I was a shooting guard for the English Junior National Basketball Squad at 16.

Q: Your advice to an emerging maker
A: Don't ever say that you don't have time to do something. Don't think of time as something that escapes you or shortchanges you. Everyone's day contains the same amount of time. The only true reflection of your priorities is how you decide to spend your time.

Q: Complete this sentence: The future is female because…
A: The future won't be gendered.

Chelsea Leyland

DJ,  Actress,  Advocate and Influencer

Chelsea Leyland does it all.  Chelsea is just as strong as she is insightful,  attributing her heightened sense of empathy to her battle with epilepsy.  She discusses everything from staying grounded and surrounding herself with good people, to her morning ritual and advice for makers.  Read more about Chelsea below.


Q: Where is home?
A: Brooklyn NY & London, England

Q: How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
A: Passionate Fruit Cake

Q: Favorite song of all time?
A: “Bad Girl” by Lee Moses

Q: A woman you admire?
A: My female friends. Lily Kwong, Fernanda de la Puente and Tali Lennox. My girls inspire me through their creative work and how they support and ground me.

Q: What’s ‘other’ about you?
A: I have a heightened sensitivity which is both a blessing and a curse. I think it probably comes from having epilepsy and also having a sister who suffers from a very severe type of epilepsy. It has always been this struggle that makes me feel ‘other’ and ‘different’. I couldn’t have felt more out of place growing up, but with age I have realized it’s given me an easier path to empathy. I feel different but grateful for this.

Q: Complete the sentence. When I wake up in the morning...
A: I dance naked...

Q: Best advice you’ve ever been given
A: Go towards wise people, they don’t necessarily have to be intellectually intelligent, successful or famous but if they feel wise and grounded and nurture you, then those are the people who you want to surround yourself with. It’s about heading towards people who make you a better version of yourself, support you, and make you feel good.

Also try not to compare yourself physically, emotionally, career wise, or in any other way to others...we’re all on our own path. Let others inspire us.

Q: Your advice to an emerging maker.
A: Stay in your truth. Always follow your gut...this is your intuition. Try to stay grounded and surround yourself with good people, it's easy to get lost.

Q: Complete this sentence: The future is female because…
A: I believe that the future is everyone. The future is genderless. We need to stop separating ourselves from one another and see that we are all in fact one.