Jody Levy

Entrepreneur, artist, designer, director, producer, educator and writer.

Jody Levy has always been a passionate and purposeful woman, not to mention persistent. When Levy has a vision, she sees it through. Founder of Stitch Experience Design + Assembly and most recently World Waters, which launched its first product WTRMLN WTR in 2013, both ventures focus on intention. And with investors such as Beyoncé behind her latest venture, you can be sure World Waters is intended for success.  A down-to-earth, woman maker and creator Levy is helping pave the way for a more sustainable and socially conscious future.

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Q: Where is home?

A: I am a global nomad. Home is in New York City but I flow through Detroit, Denver, LA and more.

Q: Mantra you live by?

A: Only This Moment Is Life.

Q: Favorite song of all time?

A: Carly Simon’s Let The River Run – from Working Girl. I know funny right.

Q: Last album you listened to

A: I listen to a lot of underground DJ sets. Right now I am into Satori, Be Svedson, Goldcap and more.  

Q: A woman you admire?

A: So many women I admire!! My sister Melissa Levy, Beyonce Knowles-Carter, Maya Angelou, Yoko Ono, Mary Wells Lawrence, the list goes on and on and on.

Q: ‘Other’ is about loving what makes you different.  It’s about being yourself. What’s ‘other’ about you?

A: I flow by my intuition and I trust that the universe provides. This keeps me in the realm of other in every possible way.

Q: Complete the sentence. When I wake up in the morning I -----

A: Try to see the sun rise, meditate and dip into gratitude. Then I drink my Bulletproof coffee and dive in!

Q: Best advice you’ve ever been given?

A: Sometimes the best deals are those you walk away from. My dad John Levy.

Q: One thing not many people know about you? 

A: I am the softest most sensitive person you have ever met. ☺

Q: Your advice to an emerging maker?

A: Follow the things that make you feel like you can’t wait to wake up in the morning with ideas dripping from your fingertips!

Q: The time I nearly gave up…explain.

A: When I have too many plates spinning at once I fantasy about moving to a farm and living off the land. But I don’t give up.

Elena Brower

Yogi, spiritual speaker, mindful mama and author of "The Art of Attention"

Elena Brower is known internationally for her expertise in practices that help people approach the world in a more reverent way. Giving up has never been in her vocabulary and after overcoming addiction, Brower has channeled all her energy into helping everyone become their best self, through both meditation and yoga.

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Q: Where is home?

A: NYC but a piece of my heart is in Australia.

Q: Mantra you live by?

A: Forgive yourself again.

Q: How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

A: Earnest. Caring. Studious.

Q: Favorite song of all time?

A: Right now it's Guru Ram Das by Guru Vir Kaur. Haunting and soothing all at once.

Q: Complete the sentence: I got my big break when…

A: Early on, my Mama told me I was beautiful and talented.

Q: Last album you listened to?

A: Ritual Mystical by East Forest and MC Yogi

Q: A woman you admire?

My best friend Ally Bogard.

Q: ‘Other’ is about loving what makes you different. It’s about being yourself. What’s ‘other’ about you?

A: I'm unafraid to share my journey in recovery.

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

A: Snuggle up to my boys, move my body, then meditate.

Q: Best advice you’ve ever been given?

A: Save at minimum 10% of everything you make.

Q: One thing not many people know about you?

A: I love tidying up public bathrooms.

Q: Your advice to an emerging maker?

A: Never stop making your art, your mark, your path.

Q: The time I nearly gave up?

A: I don't think that's ever happened.

Q: Complete this sentence: The future is female because…

A: Females are needed to have the dialogues, the babies and the circles.

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.

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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.

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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.