Everywhere I turn there are young women and men rising into positions of expertise and authority. It gives me great hope for our world.

Above is Jasmin Graham, M.Sc., is the recipient of World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) 2021 Conservation Leadership Award. She is a shark scientist, educator, and social justice activist. She is the President and CEO of Minorities in Shark Sciences, an organization that advocates for equity for women, people of color, and other marginalized groups in the science field.

WWF chose Jasmin as the winner among a pool of highly distinguished candidates for her outstanding work in marine conservation and diversity, equity, inclusion and justice advocacy. She currently focuses her efforts on researching the smalltooth sawfish in Florida. She plans to use the award funds to further her study of this critically endangered species which will inform conservation measures in the future.

She is one of many. Scientists, visionaries, and activists are emerging on the scene to address our world’s greatest problems. It is a wonderful feeling to see the next generation stepping up. We need to help them succeed. Bring them into positions of power and provide the experience they need to succeed.

What can you do this week to help the next generation take the reins successfully?


“Life is a succession of moments, to live each one is to succeed.” – Corita Kent