Self-made Nigerian-American inventor, CEO, and in our eye, groovalutionary, Jessica Mathews is an inspiration to many. At the young age of 19 she invented the Soccket, a soccer ball that can be used as a power generator and founded the company Uncharted Power at 22 while attending Harvard College and then, Harvard Business School.
We think she is a groovalutionary because she is passionate about bettering the planet and channeled her energy simply and fully into something that not only enabled her success, but opened the door for new technology. The ability to charter energy from something as simple as kicking a soccer ball is an incredible step towards technological advancement in renewable energy to parts of the world that have little or no infrastructure.
Her company Uncharted Power delivers a message of togetherness and unity. They employ and support people from all backgrounds. They are vested in educating the global community. They share their research and provide opportunities via internships and workshops.
This is what groovalutionaries do. They pursue their dreams and immerse themselves in creativity. Jessica Mathews is a role model for many. She has already achieved so much and transcended many societal norms based on her race, age, and gender. She is not just a scientist but a great creative!
This is an incredibly important detail as we deem Jessica Mathews a groovalutionary. She’s full aware that she doesn’t fit into one box and there is no apology.
Her list of awards include Fortune’s Most Promising Women Entrepreneurs, Forbes 30 under 30 list, Inc Magazine 30 under 30, and Scientist of the Year. Mathews even had the opportunity to meet Barack Obama representing small companies when Obama signed the America Invents Act.
We call her a groovalutionary because her business creates electricity, and her passion lights up the world!
Love this thought but perhaps for another piece:
Options on how you choose live your life are endless. Most importantly, those choices are up to you. In fact it should be encouraged to try things that are out of the ordinary because that’s how you can achieve the best version of yourself. Not allowing labels and situations define you and persisting is how to become successful on your own terms.
Written by: Becky Faulconer