Nadya Okamoto personifies the idea of “being the change.” At 16 she founded PERIOD, a nonprofit that provides menstrual hygiene products to the homeless. PERIOD now has more than 150 chapters across the U.S., is the largest youth-run NGO in women’s health and one of the fastest growing ones here in the United States.
Since 2014 they have addressed over 380,000 periods and registered over 230 campus chapters. In 2017, Nadya ran for office in Cambridge, MA. While she did not win, her campaign team made historic waves in mobilizing young people on the ground and at polls. Nadya recently published her debut book, Period Power: A Manifesto for the Menstrual Movement with publisher Simon & Schuster. Most recently, Nadya has become the Chief Brand Officer of Juv Consulting, a Generation Z marketing agency based in NYC. Honored for her innovative philanthropy, Okamato will explain how she overcame adversity and homelessness to attend Harvard and turn her experiences into a platform for advocacy and women’s empowerment.