Ripples of Hope is a purposeful community of high-impact organizations that desire to use business as a force for good.


Ripples of Hope began with an enduring vision and a new idea.


On the campus of the University of Cape Town in 1966,
Bobby Kennedy shared a piece of wisdom that has
become known as the “Ripples of Hope” speech.

"Each time a man stands up for an ideal or acts to improve the lot of others or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope; and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance."


In 2018, a group of leaders from purpose-driven companies came to the table to explore an idea. What if we could take the best qualities of executive mentorship programs and a proven business formula to accelerate the healthy, meaningful growth of organizations capable of conducting business as a force for good?

We could empower leaders to do more good — for their community, their business, and their peers.

Taking our name from those inspiring words and our vision from the idea, we created Ripples of Hope. The program brings participants and mentors together to articulate long-term goals, build high-functioning teams, and implement proven management processes. To accomplish this goal, we employ three fundamental elements of an accelerator model — learning, community, and mentorship.

Core Team

Jeff Hillmire Headshot

Jeff Hilimire

CEO, Dragon Army
Author, The 5-Day Turnaround
Founder, Ripples of Hope
Co-founder, 48in48
Katie Adkins Headshot

Katie Adkins

Coach & Consultant
Adkins Talent Solutions
Bharath Parthasarathy Headshot

Bharath Parthasarathy

Deputy General Counsel, Georgia State University
Leadership Council, Zoo Atlanta
Director, 48in48
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Rachelle Kuramoto

Brand & Content, Dragon Army
Co-founder, Ripples of Hope
Board Member, 48in48

Ready to do more good?
Join Ripples of Hope.

Ripples of Hope is for growth-minded leaders who want to accelerate their impact through business best practices and connections with generous, proven leaders.