In the face of global challenges — whether it be climate change, inequities or mental health crises — nonprofits and other social impact organizations spring into action. And with passionate leaders behind them, they can extend their support even further to tackle complex humanitarian issues and help those most affected.
We celebrate those standout leaders in Google.org’s annual Leaders to Watch list, a group of rising stars heading up some of the most impressive organizations in the social impact space. Through the program, each leader receives a cash award of $30,000 to spend as they see fit on their personal development, and they’re matched with a Google leader for mentorship. Our 2023 mentors include Agnieszka Hryniewicz-Bieniek, Global Director of Google for Startups, and Eve Andersson, Senior Director of Product Inclusion, Equity and Accessibility.
This year, we looked for three important qualities in our leaders: They play an active role in the communities they’re focused on; they use bold tactics to solve challenges, like applying data and new technology; and they’re committed to sharing what they’ve learned, including open sourcing their tools, with other organizations in their sector.
Our seven 2023 Leaders to Watch have these in spades — whether they’re advancing gender equality in Latin America or using AI to support veterans’ mental health. Check out this year’s group of leaders and see some of their work in action.