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Mara Lecocq, CEO, creative director, and founder at Secret Code

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Lecocq is an entrepreneur and a creative director for massive brands such as Nike, Starbucks, and Verizon to name a few. She's dedicated to bringing more diversity to brands that are heavily lacking in that department and inspires young women to pursue similar careers to make representation better across the board.

She describes her project Secret Code as "a customizable children's book that stars *your* girls as a tech hero — providing personalized role models to girls in their formative years."

Symone Sanders, political commentator at CNN

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Sanders is a strategist, communications consultant, and CNN political commentator. Her name became familiar on a national scale during Senator Bernie Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign, during which she served as his national press secretary. She was just 25 at the time, making her the youngest presidential campaign press secretary ever.

Now Symone uses that experience to provide analysis on political and social issues, with presentations that challenge societal expectations and defy cultural borderlines. She's been featured on NPR, Fox News, MSNBC, NBC, BET, TV One, and CNN.

Jezz Chung, copywriter at Anomaly

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Chung is a creative in New York City who writes copy and formulates brand campaigns for names such as YouTube, Sonos, and Google at the firm Anomaly. Prior to working in New York, Chung worked on Apple's global advertising team in Los Angeles.

When she's not winning awards and landing herself on "names to watch" lists, she's either hip-hop dancing or searching for the world's greatest Korean barbecue.