Dell reveals picks for most inspiring leaders using tech to empower others

Summary:Dell has unveiled its top 100 list of leaders across entrepreneurship, philanthropy, education and media who have used technology to empower and inspire others.

Plenty of businesses and media outlets are already in the midst of unveiling their top 10, end-of-year, best of, and whatnot lists as we head into the holiday season.

Dell is getting into the mix with the introduction of its own compilation: the #Inspire 100. The list is touted as a curation of leading influencers in entrepreneurship, philanthropy, education and media who have used technology to empower and inspire others.

Narrowed down into four categories of entrants (world changers, entrepreneurs, creatives and tastemakers), the list was curated and narrowed down by Dell executives as well as venture capitalists and other tech industry leaders.

Fara Howard, executive director of North America Consumer and Small Office Marketing at Dell, explained in prepared remarks about how the people who made this final cut were chosen:

The #Inspire 100 are one hundred extraordinary people who are moved by their individual passions, and who inspire others to do the same. They’re the social entrepreneurs who invest every dollar to make the world a better place, writers who connect communities, designers who embody the spirit of innovation. They’re committed to action, to being leaders, and to showing how technology can make dreams come true.

Some examples of people who made the top 100 include range from "world changers" such as Casey Rotter from the U.S. Fund for UNICEF and Penny Abeywardena at the Clinton Global Initiative to tastemakers, who included Giuliana Rancic from E! News and Cool Hunting founder and editor-in-chief Josh Rubin.

Advertised as "kicking off inspired giving this holiday season," the campaign runs through Friday, December 21. Anyone interested in learning more and/or spreading the word about Dell's campaign are encouraged to use the hashtag "#inspire."

The full list of all of the members of the 2012 #Inspire 100 list is available on Dell's Facebook page now. To learn more about Dell's #Inspire 100 project, check out the promo video below:

Topics: Dell, Tech Industry


Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider,, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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