Awardees for 2017
Lorelei Kraft – Courage Award
COURAGE: What did she do? Lorelei saw the 20% unemployment rate in her town of Northern Minnesota and decided to do something about it. She asked 12 of her friends who were teachers and nurses to help her with her idea. Neither woman had prior experience with a project like this. She turned the local forest into a ‘Heritage Handcraft Village’ in five weeks! They projected 20, 000 in the visitors and got 100,000 visitors. Now Lorelei is teaching others through her own program how to make their vision a reality.
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Greta Gordon - Inspiration Award
INSPIRATION: What did she do? Greta saw the need to assist youth from ages 16-21 how to get jobs, manage checkbooks, pay taxes and life skills at an early age in her community. Her goal was to assist youth to be good citizens in their community. She also saw that they needed to be healthy and their families also. So, she started a healthy food program. Later, after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city of New Orleans, Gretna began to also provide healthy foods for elderly. She was successful and decided to expand her work globally. So, she enrolled in a program in Paris, France to begin the process of expanding her program. She still wanted a global reach and got into another program with the United Nations which she completed this Summer 2017.
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Laura Jean Anderson - Life Balance Award
LIFE BALANCE: What did she do? Laura Jean’s daughter became ill with a chronic disease. Laura Jean began to do massive research to help her daughter. She expanded her findings to assist other people with chronic diseases. She got certified in plant-based nutrition through Cornell University. She now assists people to improve the quality of their lives with chronic illness, psychiatric disorders, gluten issues, health naturally with lifestyle changes, diet, detoxification and targeted nutrition.
Linda Richardson - Community Award
COMMUNITY: What did she do? Linda Richardson is a Commissioner for Treasure Island right outside of San Francisco. Linda sits on many boards in San Francisco and is known to be a fighter for a better community. She has been an activist for people for over 25 years. She is leading the redevelopment of Treasure Island. Linda is the essence of a person changing communities for the betterment of women and families.
Karen Roye - Compassion Award
COMPASSION: What did she do? Karen overcame her fear of getting a master’s degree thinking she was not smart enough. She got very involved with helping women and children of domestic violence. She did so well with helping families that former Mayor Gavin Newsome of San Francisco appointed her Director of Child Services. She has put together many programs to help enhance the lives of families and with their safety.
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Young Humanitarian Leader Award - Only 7 Years Old
Young Humanitarian Award: What did she do? Pearl’s story: Pearl’s mother picked her up at school, and was quickly met with: “Mama, I don’t need birthday gifts this year. I want to raise money for water. I want to build a well for people who don’t have water. I can do extra chores to earn more. I have enough stuff.” Pearl started her mission to build wells at 6 years old and has built her first well. She is also a young entrepreneur that makes cards and sells them to earn money to help others.
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Outstanding Man of the Year – Helping Women 2017
MAN OF THE YEAR: What did he do? Nicholas is a venture capitalist and serial entrepreneur. He is a Top Gun businessman. Nick is very savvy and brilliant when it comes to the wisdom of business. He is always willing to assist others in their projects and business. He is genuine and sincerely about helping people and making the world a better place.
Most Outstanding Members 2017
Cristal is Executive Director of the Hashoo Foundation
A Former Miss Venezuela and Activist - Empowering Women in the Middle East
Community Activist. Project: Empowering Youth, Elderly and Underprivileged Communities
Founder of The Renaissance Project
Dr. Veronica Hunnicutt
Founder of HG, Inc
University Professor and Community Activist - Empowering Underprivileged Communities
Speaker and Facilitator
Created 5 PowerFull Women (5PW)
Author of "What to Do, When You Don’t Know What to Do"
Dr. Olivia Herriford
University Professor. Project: Empowering Women Entrepreneurs in Africa
Founder of Women Sharing Wisdom
Nuclear Scientist. Project: Empowering Parents, Students and Teachers
Founder of Nurturing Teachers