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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.

Read the rest of Lauren’s interview

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