Claudia Mirza, CEO, Akorbi (Video)

Claudia Mirza's persistent hard work and desire to achieve not only led her to achieve success, but to help others find a successful path as well.

Mirza grew up with her parents, who were agricultural workers, in Medellîn, Colombia, during a time when it was overrun by drug lord Pablo Escobar and drug cartels. But Mirza kept her head in her studies, earning a scholarship to one of the best schools in the city and traveling to the U.S. in 1997 to continue her education, which would land her a degree with honors in 2002.