Masters of Scale Potential Guests 1-10
I've created a list of 10 diverse founders and CEOs that would make great guests for Masters of Scale, including Jack Welch, Arianna Huffington, Elon Musk, and Katrina Lake. The list, with rationales for each person, is available in the attached spreadsheet. Read on for a few additional notes!
I found several of my list entries via HootSuite's list of the 100 most influential founders/CEOs on social media. However, while this list contains some great names (Elon Musk, Richard Branson, Bill Gates, etc.), it is overwhelmingly white and male, especially in its top ranks. To build out the list with more diversity, I searched specifically for influential CEOs or founders who are women or people of color and found a few additional examples. These founders, while their followings aren't as active as the bigger names in the industry, still have compelling stories and, often, engaged fan bases in their own right. The list I've compiled is below -- my reasons for inclusion are outlined in the spreadsheet.
Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft
Elon Musk, founder of Tesla
Jack Welch, former GE CEO and founder of the Jack Welch Management Institute
Wayne Sutton, founder of Change Catalyst (organization working toward inclusivity in the tech field)
Naveen Jain, founder of Moon Express and BlueDot
Arianna Huffington, founder of Huffington Post
Kimberly Bryant, founder of Black Girls CODE
Emily Weiss, founder of beauty brand Glossier
Meg Whitman, outgoing CEO of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and incoming CEO of NewTV
Katrina Lake, founder of clothing subscription box brand StitchFix
I've assembled a list of 10 possible Masters of Scale guests, ranging from industry giants like Jack Welch and Elon Musk to newcomers like Stitch Fix's Katrina Lake and Kimberly Bryant of Black Girls CODE. An explanation for each person's inclusion on the list is available in the attached spreadsheet.