Inside the Next MAKERS Awards Party
After a nationwide search and over 1200 inspirational submissions, MAKERS proudly announced last Monday night the names of the six extraordinary women who will join MAKERS.com as the Next MAKERS -- Colonel Jill Chambers, Olivia Joy Stinson, Anna Rodriguez, Reshma Saujani, Emily May and Lydia Cincore-Templeton. These women will also receive a $10,000 grant from Simple®.
To celebrate the announcement, MAKERS gathered friends, media, and several New York City MAKERS at the Gramercy Park Hotel to welcome the Next MAKERS with hugs, conversation, and a lot of wisdom.
These six women from across the country follow in the footsteps of over one hundred female pioneers and leaders, six of whom personally passed on their legacy as well a MAKERS Award during the candle-lit evening presentation. MAKER Marlo Thomas began the presentation by delightedly passing the award to 19-year old Olivia Stinson of North Carolina, who created a book club for children of incarcerated parents at the ripe age of 13; MAKER Robin Morgan presented the award to Girls Who Code Founder and the first South Asian to run for Congress, Reshma Saujani of New York; MAKER Brenda Berkman presented the award to fellow 9/11 responder and PTSD advocate Col. Jill Chambers of Washington, DC; MAKER Amy Richards presented the award to foster youth advocate Lydia Cincore-Templeton of Los Angeles; MAKER Faith Ringgold presented the award to human trafficking activist Anna Rodriguez of Florida, and MAKER Kathrine Switzer wrapped up the evening by presenting the award to street harassment fighter Emily May of New York's Hollaback! by reminding people that she too was harassed on the street, when she attempting to run the Boston Marathon, which at the time was an all-male event.
The Next MAKERS had a busy couple days in New York, filming their MAKERS videos, posing for photos, and attending an intimate dinner, where Alison Clark, Director, Unilever US, Skincare, personally presented each Next MAKER with a $10,000 grant from Simple Facial Skincare. We will share with you behind the scenes glimpses of production as well as more information of the six Next MAKERS, so keep checking back on the MAKERS blog to watch their journey to MAKERS.com.
Much more to come on the women, as we lead up to the release of the MAKERS videos in December.