Palmer is on the right, and that smile was not just for the camera. Every time I spoke to her for the duration of the evening, she had just been bumped into from her sore left side, often by me. But she kept smiling anyway. I found myself thinking that Palmer is a shiny person; the kind whose very presence makes people want to act. Which may be one reason Dell hosted a Purpose Party for Palmer, who is a member of our #Inspire 100 list of world changers in entrepreneurship, philanthropy, education and media, immediately following our dinner honoring those who were in town for the festival.
Palmer’s nonprofit is Medic Mobile, a company that provides high-impact health services in the developing world using mobile technology. While Palmer’s firm addresses physical health, the two women to her left work to improve girls’ emotional health. They are Catherine Kimmel and Emily Greener of I Am That Girl, an online community whose purpose is “to inspire girls to discover their innate worth and purpose.”
Also honored at the Dell event were Jeremy Johnson, co-founder of 2U, an educational technology company, and Jen Rubio, head of social media for eyeglass manufacturer Warby Parker. Johnson’s goal is to make online education great, and Rubio’s is to change the way customers interact with companies. Both have been recognized not just for their ambition and vision but for the age (or lack of it) at which they have accomplished so much. Evidence: that’s Rubio in the middle. Inspiring.