By the time she was barely out of her teens, Adi Altschuler was already one of Israel’s leading social entrepreneurs.
At the age of 12, Altschuler began caring for a young boy with cerebral palsy. Realizing he had little opportunity for social interaction, she founded a new youth movement called Krembo Wings, which teams teenage counsellors with special needs children who can then interact together.
She didn’t stop there. Feeling that something was lacking in Israel’s observance of Holocaust Memorial Day, she founded Memories@Home, which brings Israelis together in their homes with survivors who then tell their stories.
In recognition of her work, Altschuler was listed by “Time” magazine as a future world leader in 2014.
Altschuler is now head of Google’s Economic Platform in Israel. “Most of my life, I had failures,” she says. “But as long as you persist in what you believe in and you have a sense that you serve a higher purpose, then I think every barrier and every challenge can motivate you to continue.” (Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons.)