JA Worldwide Inducts 2021 Laureates into the Global Business Hall of Fame
BOSTON, May 17, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- The Global Business Hall of Fame, presented by JA Worldwide, features entrepreneurs and business leaders spanning the last two centuries. From the inventor of blue jeans to the co-founder of one of the world's leading biotech companies, visitors to the digital showcase find a diverse set of influencers to kindle their entrepreneurial spirit.
History of the Business Hall of Fame
From 1975 to 2009, the Business Hall of Fame inducted 247 laureates. Some were founders of successful companies. Others were CEOs, industry pioneers, or publishers. Each demonstrated a commitment to their communities—locally and globally—and each inspired young people preparing for employment and entrepreneurship.
2020 Launch of the Global Business Hall of Fame
As JA and the landscape of business have evolved, so, too, has the Business Hall of Fame. In 2020, the initiative relaunched and rebranded as the "Global Business Hall of Fame, presented by JA Worldwide," creating an opportunity for communities and schools around the world to celebrate and recognize innovators and leaders in business.
Asheesh Advani, JA Worldwide CEO, believes the time is right for business role models to take center stage. "With so many halls of fame for athletes and entertainers, we need more and more role models that inspire young people who have an interest in entrepreneurship. This is especially true in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, South America, and other historically underrepresented regions of the world, where youth may have trouble seeing themselves as future global business leaders. We're bringing the stories of our laureates to life by creating a digital exhibit that is truly global in scope. The Global Business Hall of Fame has found a way to inspire young people as they develop an entrepreneurial mindset and begin to build their first businesses."
The Global Business Hall of Fame is reflective of JA's global reach, the diversity of JA students, and the wide range of industries and prioritizes nominees who are working toward the Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs), reinforcing to JA students that they have the power to be a force for global good. In addition, nominees for new laureates are grouped into two categories: