Adora started writing when she was four years old. She hasn’t stopped since. At six, Adora received a laptop computer from her mother, on which she quickly amassed a collection of hundreds of short stories and hundreds of thousands of words – typing at 70 words per minute.
At the age of seven, Adora achieved her dream of becoming a published author with the release of Flying Fingers: Master the Tools of Learning Through the Joy of Writing. The book featured several of Adora’s short stories, along with her writing tips, typing tips, and advice from her mother. At age 11, Adora published a second book, Dancing Fingers, with her older sister, Adrianna.
Today, Adora is 12 and she has transformed her writing success into speaking and teaching success. She has spoken at over 400 schools and presented at the annual TED conference. She’s also planning a conference of her own, for kids and by kids, called TEDx Redmond. She has been featured on Good Morning America and on CNN. Adora also maintains a blog and attends an online public school. She is in the eighth grade.
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Lauren Amarante is a born leader. When she was nine years old, she used to get all of her friends to join together after school and sell things like sandwiches, Oreos, and lemonade.
From elementary school to high school, Lauren was a perennial class president and team captain. Then, when her high school basketball coach was diagnosed with breast cancer, Lauren helped plan and organize an event to raise money for a cure, which has become a yearly fundraising event.
Later on, as a sophomore at Arizona State University, Lauren co-founded World Entrepreneurship Day (WED). WED’s first celebration of entrepreneurship, in 2009, was a huge success: 22 countries around the world participated. Since then, WED has partnered with the United Nations to scale its successful model around the world. The 2010 WED was kicked off at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City and celebrated in over 35 other countries around the world. Speakers included Marc Ecko (founder of Marc Ecko Enterprises), Beth Comstock (CMO, GE), and Maria Bartiromo (CNBC’s ‘Closing Bell’).
Lauren is going to be a senior this fall at ASU. She plans to continue growing World Entrepreneurship Day and inspiring people around the world to action.
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