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World Economic Forum Names Net Impact Executive Director Liz Maw as a 2010 Young Global Leader

Liz joins a distinguished group of exceptional world leaders under 40

World Economic Forum Names Net Impact Executive Director Liz Maw as a 2010 Young Global Leader

Liz joins a distinguished group of exceptional world leaders under 40

Published 03-04-10

Submitted by Net Impact

The World Economic Forum has selected Liz Maw, Net Impact's Executive Director, as a 2010 Young Global Leader (YGL). The distinction, bestowed upon 200 of the world's leaders under the age of 40, recognizes them for their professional accomplishments, commitment to society, and potential to shape the future of the world.

Since joining Net Impact as Executive Director in 2004, Liz has dedicated herself towards inspiring, educating, and equipping a network of more than 15,000 professionals and students to leverage business skills to solve the world's most pressing social and environmental challenges. Today, Net Impact includes more than 250 chapters around the globe, hosts the leading conference on sustainable business for professionals and students, and runs a variety of programs to equip its members to make change in their workplaces, campuses, and communities.

"I am honored and humbled to be selected as a Young Global Leader," said Liz Maw. "A more sustainable world cannot exist without a network of people dedicated to using business to create social and environmental change. It is the work of our staff, chapter leaders, and thousands of Net Impact members that is truly shaping the future of this world, and this honor recognizes their achievements as well."

Liz shares this honor with 197 leaders from 72 countries, including leaders such as Jon Favreau, Director Speechwriting for the Office of the President of the United States; Marissa Mayer, Vice President of Search Product and User Experience at Google, Inc.; and Evan Williams, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Twitter, among others.

The recipients were selected from a pool of nearly 5,000 candidates by a committee chaired by H.M. Queen Rania Al Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Other committee members included eminent media leaders such as Arthur Sulzberger, Chairman and Publisher of the New York Times; Robert Thomson, Editor-in-Chief of the Dow Jones Company and Managing Editor of the Wall Street Journal; and Steve Forbes, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Forbes Media.

"The World Economic Forum is a true multi-stakeholder community of global decision-makers in which the Young Global Leaders represent the voice for the future and the hopes of the next generation. The diversity of the YGL community and its commitment to shaping a better future through action-oriented initiatives of public interest is even more important at a time when the world is in need of new energy to solve intractable challenges," said Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum.

Learn more about the Forum of Young Global Leaders at

About Net Impact
Net Impact is an international nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire, educate, and equip individuals to use the power of business to create a more socially and environmentally sustainable world. Spanning six continents, our membership makes up one of the most influential networks of students and professionals in existence today. Net Impact members are current and emerging leaders in corporate responsibility, social entrepreneurship, nonprofit management, international development, and environmental sustainability who are actively improving the world. The Net Impact network includes over 250 volunteer-led chapters in cities throughout the world and a central office in San Francisco, CA. For more information, please visit

About The Forum of Young Global Leaders
Established in 2004 by Professor Klaus Schwab, The Forum of Young Global Leaders is a unique, multistakeholder community of the world's most extraordinary young leaders who dedicate a part of their time to jointly address global challenges and who are committed to devote part of their knowledge and energy to collectively work towards a better future. Together the Young Global Leaders work to discover innovative solutions to today's most pressing problems through various initiatives and workstreams, as well as catalysing the next generation of leaders.

About the World Economic Forum
The World Economic Forum is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging leaders in partnerships to shape global, regional and industry agendas. Incorporated as a foundation in 1971 and based in Geneva, Switzerland, the World Economic Forum is impartial and not-for-profit; it is tied to no political, partisan or national interests. (

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