These Are The 100 Most Creative People In Business In 2019, Per Fast Company

Seth Meyers of NBC's 'Late Night with Seth Meyers' ranks among the most creative people in business by Fast Company in 2019.
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Creative people are always sort of outside-the-box thinkers, you know? They’re the ones who, while walking down the street, might be able to look at something abstract and turn it into something that gets hundreds of likes, shares and comments on social media, getting others to engage with something by simply sharing an idea.

While that’s definitely an ability of creative people, another part of owning that distinction is being a visionary, a leader and someone who isn’t afraid to disrupt their industry. Sure, the word “disrupter” gets thrown around a lot — and is somehow becoming one of those trendy words in the business or social media world — but, hey, in this case, it’s fitting, because one needs to be bold in order to break away from the norm and become great.

All of us have some creativity in our bodies, it’s just a matter of tapping into strengths in order to apply it. And, although it can be difficult at times to do so, for others out there, it’s just as natural as breathing.

That’s why Fast Company recently released its annual list of the Most Creative People in Business, with some big-time names finding their way in the mix. From media personalities to athletes to people reimagining processes to work more efficiently, here are the 100 people who are deemed to be most creative — so take some notes for yourself to see if they can’t encourage you to try and be a disrupter yourself.

1. Seth Meyers: NBC’s Late Night With Seth Meyers

2. Tamer Hassan: Co-Founder and CEO at White Ops

3. Isabel Garvey: Managing Director at Abbey Road Studios

4. Kate Crawford: Co-Founder and Co-Director at AI Now Institute

5. Desmond Meade: Executive Director at Florida Rights Restoration Coalition

6. Lisa Jackson: Vice-President, Environment, Policy & Social Initiatives at Apple

7. Roberto Orosei: Radar Scientist, University of Bologna

8. Liz O’Neill: Executive V.P. of Product Innovation and Supply Chain at Levi Strauss & Co.

9. Ivy Ross: V.P. and Head of Design for Hardware Products at Google

10. Sara Menker: Founder and CEO at Gro Intelligence

11. Alex Morgan: Co-Captain, U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team

12. Carli Lloyd: Co-Captain, U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team

13. Megan Rapinoe: Co-Captain, U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team

14. Dev Stahlkopf: General Counsel at Microsoft

15. Tim Brooks: Vice President of Environmental Responsibility at Lego Group

16. Kristine Belson: President at Sony Pictures Animation

17. Khoi Vinh: Principal Designer at Adobe

18. Eva Galperin: Director of Cybersecurity at Electronic Frontier Foundation

19. Heidi O’Neill: President of Nike Direct at Nike

20. Kevin Lin: Vice President at Alibaba Group

21. Christine McConnell: Baker, Author and Host

22. Jean-François Gagné: Co-Founder and CEO at Element AI

23. Shimrit Perkol-Finkel: Co-Founder at Econcrete

24. Bom Kim: CEO at Coupang

25. Ron Crawford: Vice President of Global Benefits at Starbucks

26. Nico Walker: Author

27. Jeff Lehman: Mayor of Barrie, Ontario

28. Diane Lipscombe: Director, Carney Institute for Brain Science at Brown University

29. Leah Culver: Co-Founder and CTO at Breaker

30. Signe Preuschoft: Primatologist at Four Paws

31. Dev Hynes: Producer and Singer-Songwriter (AKA Blood Orange)

32. Neil DiPaola: Founder and CEO at Autocamp

33. Valerie Casey: Head of Design at Walmart

34. Mark Sullivan: Founder and Managing Director at Medicines Development for Global Health

35. Sara Clemens: COO at Twitch

36. Norman de Greve: Chief Marketing Officer at CVS Health

37. Marti Romances: Founder Partner and Creative Director at Territory Studio

38. Lisa Burger: Executive Director at National Theatre

39. Gene Hogg: Major and Area Commander for the Salvation Army of Central Maryland at Salvation Army

40. Mate Rimac: Founder and CEO at Rimac Automobili

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41. Michelle Pfeiffer: Founder at Henry Rose

42. Emil Wilbekin: Founder at Native Son

43. Alyssa Henry: Seller Lead at Square

44. Earl Maize: Cassini Program Manager at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

45. Emily Collins: Creative Director and Partner at Might Oak

46. Michaela Olsen: Creative Director and Partner at Might Oak

47. Jess Peterson: Co-Founder and CEO at Mighty Oak

48. Alexa L. Fogel: Casting Director

49. Peter Lord: Co-Founder at Aardman Animations

50. David Sproxton: Co-Founder at Aardman Animations

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51. Damian Kulash: Band Leader and Video Director of OK Go

52. Tim Nordwind: Bass Guitarist and Vocals of OK Go

53. Andy Ross: Guitar, Keyboard and Vocals of OK Go

54. Dan Konopka: Drums and Percussion of OK Go

55. Carsten Nygaard Brøgger: Founder and CEO at Casusgrill

56. Mariana Vasconcelos: Co-Founder and CEO at Agrosmart

57. Kerby Jean-Raymond: Founder and Designer, Pyer Moss

58. Adam Cosner: President at International Association of Fire Fighters Local 1165

59. Gabriel Weinberg: Founder and CEO at DuckDuckGo

60. Jenny Town: Managing Editor and Producer at 38 North

61. Marsai Martin: Actor and Producer at Genius Productions

62. Steph Hay: Vice President of Design, Conversational AI and Integrated Experiences at Capital One

63. Aaron Garbut: Art Director at Rockstar North

64. Chris Lyons: Partner at Andreessen Horowitz

65. Alessandro Babini: Co-Founder and CEO, Humon

66. Steph Sherer: Co-Founder, President and Director of Innovations at International Cannabis and Cannabinoids Institute (ICCI)

67. Chris Gibson: Co-Founder and CEO at Recursion Pharmaceuticals

68. Jonathan Marvel: Founder at Marvel Architects

69. Elena Sigman: Director of Collaborative Learning at John Jay College of Criminal Justice’s Prison Reentry Institute

70. Andrea Thomaz: Co-Founder and CEO at Diligent Robotics

71. Jimmy Chin: Filmmaker, Photographer and Adventurer

72. Tokini Peterside: Founder and Director at Art X Lagos

73. Luke Saunders: Founder and CEO at Farmer’s Fridge

74. Renee James: Founder and CEO at Ampere

75. Jessica Zhang: Manager of Culture and Entertainment at Lyft

76. Romitha Mally: Vice Chairman, Investment Banking at UBS

77. Fernando Machado: Global Chief Marketing Officer at Burger King

78. Miranda Qu: Co-Founder at Xiaohongshu

79. Erin Craig: Vice President, Energy and Climate Practice at 3Degrees

80. Alfonso Cobo: Co-Founder and CEO at Unfold

81. Heidi Schreck: Actress and Playwright

82. Federico Vega: Founder and CEO at Cargox

83. Emily Feistritzer: Founder and CEO at Teach-Now Graduate School of Education

84.Kagiso Lediga: Filmmaker, Comedian and Actor at Diprente Films

85. Davida Herzl: Co-Founder and CEO at Aclima

86. Sheela Søgaard: CEO at Bjarke Ingels Group

87. Kotchakorn Voraakhom: Founder at Landprocess

88. Janelle Shane: Founder at AI Weirdness

89. Hao Yan: Director, Center for Molecular Design and Biomimetics Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University

90. Yusuf Sherwani: CEO at Digithera

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91. Amanda Seales: Comedian

92. Lindsey Schuyler: Co-Founder at Diet Prada

93. Tony Liu: Co-Founder at Diet Prada

94. Yannick Nézet-Séguin: Music Director at The Metropolitan Opera

95. Nick Foley: Director of Hardware at Jump Bikes

96. Menaka Guru­swamy: Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India

97. Arundhati Katju: Independent Litigator and Advocate, Supreme Court of India

98. Karla Welch: Stylist and Designer

99. Mette Hay: Founder at Hay

100. Rolf Hay: Founder at Hay

To see full commentary on the Most Creative People in Business, head on over to Fast Company‘s website, which details some of the incredible things that some of those selected for the list have done.

(H/T Fast Company)

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