By: Gloria Smith, Associate Editor for World Liberty TV
Soledad O’Brien, Sheba Turk (Anchor, WWL-TV), Dascha Polanco (Actress, Orange Is The New Black), Robbie Myers (Editor-In-Chief, ELLE), Noreen Raines (Author, Scientist, Educator and CEO of Big Thinkers), Stephanie Hollingsworth (Regional Vice President, East Coast Sales, Lyft), Warachal Faison (Medical Director, Pfizer), Ivon Padilla-Rodriguez (PhD Candidate, Columbia University Department of History), Lucy Pinto (Diversity Markets Program Manager, Google), Kate Moore (VP and Assistant General Counsel, Goldman Sachs), Karen Boykin-Towns (VP Corporate Affairs for Pfizer Innovative Health Business, Pfizer), Vera Triplett (COO for the Capital One UNO Charter Schools Network), and many more.
Award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien hosted the 2016 Starfish Foundation, PowHERful™ Summit at Google New York on Saturday, July 23, 2016. PowHERful™ is a full-day of empowerment with an emphasis on educational, professional, and personal development. It featured industry experts who present curriculum in areas like digital and financial literacy, STEM, workforce development, college readiness, health and wellness and more.
ABOUT THE STARFISH FOUNDATION
After witnessing the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina in 2006, O’Brien and Raymond began privately awarding scholarships to young women who didn’t have the resources for success. As their efforts grew, they officially formed the Starfish Foundation to expand their reach and help even more young women. Today the Starfish Foundation provides scholarships to disadvantaged young women in under-served communities and is committed to giving more than just financial assistance to its scholarship honorees. The Foundation creates a customized support program for each participant that reflects that person’s specific needs. To date, they have provided support to 28 young women.
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