When we launched Thrive Global last November, we set an ambitious goal to end the collective delusion that burnout is the price we must pay for success. All of the data shows the opposite is true—prioritizing your well-being is crucial for achieving your personal and professional goals and living a life filled with meaning and purpose. And one of the most effective ways to help accelerate this culture shift is to spotlight the new role models who get it—the leaders who are proving that taking care of ourselves enhances our productivity and creativity. These are the people who are changing the way we work and live.

Today, I’m thrilled to introduce The Fuel List—a Thrive Global and Quaker collaboration honoring 20 new role models who are changing the way we fuel our minds and bodies to thrive every day. These honorees—academics, authors, entrepreneurs, scientists, and beyond—span the worlds of sleep, nutrition, mindfulness and movement. What they share is a conviction that, for all the challenges and distractions we face, it’s ultimately in our power to bring about changes in our lives that can improve every aspect of our performance and leave us more fulfilled.

You don’t need to look any further than world-class athletes to know that well-being and performance are directly related. As five-time Olympic medalist and mentor Nastia Liukin says, “There are no shortcuts to success. It takes patience, passion and persistence.” Our Fuel List honorees range from pioneering researchers like Dr. Ellen Langer and Matt Walker to inspiring voices like body positive activist Jessamyn Stanley and bestselling author and chef Candice Kumai. We’re so happy to champion their voices and achievements as new models of success.

Our panel of judges—Callie Schweitzer, Thrive’s Chief Content Officer; Candice Morgan, Head of Inclusion and Diversity at Pinterest; Sadira Furlow, Senior Marketing Director of Consumer Engagement, PepsiCo North America Nutrition and myself—selected these 20 people for the impact they’re having on their communities and the world. They are leading the way in the four pillars of well-being that are essential to thriving—and bringing others along with them. We’re so happy to champion their voices and achievements as the new model of success.

Introducing The Fuel List:


angel Kyodo Williams

Brené Brown

Dr. Ellen Langer

Leo Babauta

Khajak Keledjian


Jessamyn Stanley

Stacey Griffith

Gideon Akande

Joanne Encarnacion

Nastia Liukin


Art Smith

Candice Kumai

Ellie Krieger

Mckel Hill

Wendy Lopez & Jessica Jones


Dr. Wendy Troxel

Dr. Michael Breus

Dr. Michael Grandner

Dr. Els van der Helm

Dr. Matt Walker


  • Arianna Huffington

    Founder & CEO of Thrive Global

    Arianna Huffington is the founder and CEO of Thrive Global, the founder of The Huffington Post, and the author of 15 books, including Thrive and The Sleep Revolution. In 2016, she launched Thrive Global, a leading behavior change tech company with the mission of changing the way we work and live by ending the collective delusion that burnout is the price we must pay for success.

    She has been named to Time Magazine's list of the world’s 100 most influential people and the Forbes Most Powerful Women list. Originally from Greece, she moved to England when she was 16 and graduated from Cambridge University with an M.A. in economics. At 21, she became president of the famed debating society, the Cambridge Union.

    She serves on numerous boards, including Onex, The B Team, JUST Capital, and Gloat.

    Her last two books, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder and The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night At A Time, both became instant international bestsellers. Most recently, she wrote the foreword to Thrive Global's first book Your Time to Thrive: End Burnout, Increase Well-being, and Unlock Your Full Potential with the New Science of Microsteps.