Rebecca Kantar is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of BrightCo, a startup that connects the world's top young talent with opportunities. BrightCo helps brands and investors understand a range of industries and subjects as perceived by the Millennial Generation. BrightCo offers access to a network of more than 400 young people worldwide.
Previously, Rebecca has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Minga, a nonprofit organization dedicated to combating the global child sex trade by harnessing the power of teens. Rebecca led Minga in raising $110,000 to educate and empower 10,000 youths. With Minga, Rebecca launched Stay 13, a campaign to involve the travel industry in helping to curb demand for sex with children in the U.S., preserving the American teenage experience.
For her leadership, Rebecca was awarded the TIME Magazine and Bentley University Tomorrow25 Award. Rebecca won the Staples/Youth Venture Social Entrepreneurship Competition Grand Prize and delivered a TEDxTalk. Rebecca was selected to serve on U.S. Committee to UNESCO and on the World Humanitarian Council.
Rebecca is a thought leader on higher education reform. Rebecca spoke at StartUp Iceland, at Cisco Live, at the Dell Social Innovation Summer Institute, at the Nexus Global Youth Summit, at The United Nations 11th Annual Day of Youth, and at the NYU Stern School of Business. Rebecca attended Harvard College and now lives in New York City and Los Angeles.