movers and shakers

Movers and shakers are typically people that wield the power and influence in the middle of an activity. Movers and shakers is a phrase with a variety of uses and connotations but it is most commonly used to describe people who have influence over others or who have the power over a certain group, organization, company or activity. The term movers and shakers first originated in the 1940s and 1950s in regards to those in the business world who had a lot of influence over others.