Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, Founder and President of the Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen Foundation

I’m an individual philanthropist and leadership activist, who’s also what I call a “pracademic”—part practitioner, part scholar. I’ve spent the last 25 years of my career creating the resources, organizations and courses that I wish I could have had to make my philanthropy and leadership create greater impact at every stage of my giving life. While my philanthropic initiatives are varied, they all serve a single mission: my life’s purpose and passion of educating and inspiring all individuals to give, live and lead in a way that matters more. Through my new leadership model, “legacy leadership,” I aspire to empower all individuals to use their platforms—at every stage of career and life—to amplify the leadership potential of others. Legacy leaders intentionally create opportunities for individuals who traditionally have lacked equal access to paths into formal leadership positions, particularly women and people from other underrepresented groups.