29 Savvy Stars Changing the Way We Think About Branding

Meet Adweek's 2019 Young Influentials

There’s no shortage of great talent in the fields of entertainment, marketing, media and tech, but each year, we endeavor to identify the people who insist on setting the bar even higher—for themselves and their respective industry. Our picks for this year’s list of Young Influentials define what it means to be an overachiever, whether it’s turning a one-woman stage show into an unexpected Amazon hit and multiple Emmy winner (Phoebe Waller-Bridge), making the case for change through poetry (Cleo Wade), bringing precision to the way brands target customers (Google’s Justin De Graaf) or striking game-changing sports partnerships for one of the world’s largest social platforms (T.J. Adeshola of Twitter). We begin our coverage with Jay Shetty, who flunked business school, became a monk and is now an immensely popular motivational speaker with celebrity devotees, millions of online followers and a mission to help others find their purpose.  —Kristina Feliciano

This story first appeared in the Nov. 18, 2019, issue of Adweek magazine. Click here to subscribe.