Issue Area: Equality & Empowerment

Sumati Joshi

Sumati is passionate about women having access to, and educational resources for, best hygiene practices so that they can realize their ambitions. She founded Mission SanScar and volunteers with NGOs with this aim. With a background in engineering, work experience in niche consulting firms and an enthusiasm for design thinking she hopes to address pressing …

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Mission Sanscar

Sumati Joshi and Urvi Talaty are the founders of Mission Sanscar, a social venture that will work in Mumbai, India to eliminate the restrictions, shame, and impact on school attendance and success that accompanies the onset of women’s menstrual cycles. Mission Sanscar will work to shift women and girls to the use of cotton napkins, …

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Urvi Talaty

Urvi Talaty is a chemical engineering student who aspires to one day turn environmentalist. She has won the Harvard Diplomacy Award at Word MUN Seoul, 2015 and is passionate about the environmental and social problems that plague the world. She has trained in the Indian classical dance of Bharatanatyam for seven years and bungy-jumped and …

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Layla Nassar

Layla Nassar is currently pursuing a B.S. at the University of Miami in Neuroscience and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology with an emphasis in molecular and behavioral neurobiology. Layla researches in a neural circuitry laboratory and plans to pursue a doctoral degree and eventually a career in academic research. She is an active NIH IMSD participant …

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Grace Jean

Grace grew up in Palm Beach Florida. Although she was not wealthy by any measure, she wouldn’t call herself underprivileged. She grew up in an environment that supported education and truly made her feel that she could be whatever she wanted to be as long as she was willing to put in the work. When …

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W.I.N.G.S. (Women In Next-Generation Sciences)

Layla Nassar, Rowanne Ali and Grace Jean are the co-founders of W.I.N.G.S. (Women In Next-Generation Sciences), a social venture that will expose disadvantaged middle-school-aged girls to interactive Physics curricula as well as advance personal development via mentorship-based support networks. Together, these initiatives will empower young women for further study and future careers in applied sciences.

Rowanne Ali

Rowanne Ali’s integrity and open mind make her a leader with vision and direction. Through collaborating with peers and mentors, Rowanne strives to contribute to alleviating issues within her community and beyond.  She is not afraid to speak up, make her input known, and work with constructive criticism to reach her full potential as a …

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Rebecca Brune

Rebecca Brune graduated from Nebraska Wesleyan University where she studied Social Work and Gender Studies. Through her campus involvement with Global Service Learning and her interest in other cultures, she has served in Kansas City, Chicago, Tucson, New York City, England, Turkey, Guatemala, and India. After an internship in Washington D.C. with the Women’s Human …

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Young Women’s Circle Program

The Young Women’s Circle Program will be bringing together young women for weekly meetings of self-discovery dialogues. The circle program will be a five-week conversation between a diverse group of young women with the goal that each participant will find a deeper sense of self.  These young women will be taken through a well-developed curriculum, …

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Md Wahid Hossain

Md Wahid Hossain was born and raised in Dhaka, Bangladesh, and recently graduated with a Bachelor in Business Administration from East West University, Dhaka. Wahid is passionate about marketing, communication and entrepreneurship and believes that they can be harnessed to reduce poverty and empower impoverished peoples.