American Express Emerging Innovators

American Express Emerging Innovators

Emerging Innovators Toolkit

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Forty-five leaders who represent the future of social change will attend the 2014 American Express Emerging Innovators Leadership Boot Camps in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico where they will receive training, mentoring from Ashoka Fellows, key thought leaders in social entrepreneurship, promotion, and opportunities for collaboration. Check back for updates about the American Express Emerging Innovators Leadership Boot Camps, including videos, podcasts, and interviews from innovators sharing what they have learned throughout the launch and growth of their organizations.



Editor's Note: Below is a Q&A with Timothy J. McClimon, president of the American Express Foundation and vice president for Corporate Social Responsibility, American Express. Read more about the Ashoka American Express Emerging Innovators Bootcamp on the 2014 Emerging Innovators Campaign homepage


An astonishing 90 percent of assaults are committed by repeat assailants, and only 22 percent of sexual assaults on campuses are reported to authorities, according to estimates. Victims of sexual assault on college and university campuses need a safe space where they can report assailants in a transparent and confidential way —and where they can help put an end to what is often an ongoing cycle.


A former high school teacher, Jordyn Lexton recalls telling a student in her English class, “that, with hard work and over the course of time, he could achieve his goal of becoming an architect.

“As the words left my mouth, another student respectfully objected, telling me I was ‘selling dreams’,” Lexton said. “In that moment, I realized I needed to do more.”

Emerging Innovators' Toolkit


Directly from Changemakers

Advice to a Younger Me

Insights and Advice

Strengthen your entry

with a guide to wooing funders

Find a peer

On the projects map

Resources & links

To help, fund, and manage

Current Participants


She's the First




Practice Makes Perfect


Mission: Launch, Inc.

Thought Leaders


Vice President of Online and Mobile Partnerships

American Express

Senior Vice President of Digital Partnerships and Development

American Express


Echoing Green


Girls on the Run

President and Founder

Common Ground