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How a Life-Altering Experience Inspired a Social Enterprise Connecting the Greatest Minds of Our Time Here's proof of what can happen when you turn your greatest obstacle into a profound opportunity.

By Kristen Aldridge

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Social entrepreneur Michael Trainer is considered a force when it comes to innovative initiatives. Tapping into the experience economy, his inaugural Global Citizen Festival (an event that people earn the right to attend by doing good deeds) has raised billions of dollars in new commitments for programs serving the world's poorest people.

Trainer's latest endeavor, Peak Mind, has him partnering with some of the most notable thought leaders of our time, including Eckhart Tolle, Deepak Chopra and the Dalai Lama, to name a few, all to help communities around the world reach their highest potential.

"At the end of the day, the road comes up to greet you," Trainer says. "And when you make a big declarative commitment, it's incredible the amount of people that will come out to support you."

In this episode of Project Luminary with Kristen Aldridge, learn how a life-altering experience is inspiring Trainer to create impact from the inside out.

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Kristen Aldridge

Founder of Original Stories Media, Journalist, Producer and Storyteller

Emmy-winning journalist and brand storytelling expert Kristen Aldridge is founder and CEO of Original Stories Media, a production company that specializes in capturing the origin stories behind the world’s most impactful brands. With over two decades of experience in the media industry, she has created content garnering millions of views for hugely successful platforms including Entrepreneur, ESPN, ABC, CBS, Yahoo!, and SHAPE.

Passionate about all things entrepreneurship, Aldridge created the original digital series How Brands Are Born to shine a light on all the remarkable people changing the world one big, bold dream at a time. Her mission is to help leaders reveal their most authentic selves so they can more effectively unleash their vision, inspire their culture, and bring deep value to the marketplace.

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