L’Oréal Paris recently announced the 2019 Women of Worth Honorees, rewarding 10 women with $10,000 to go towards their worthy causes. Inspired by the L’Oréal Paris tagline, “Because You’re Worth It,” the philanthropic Women of Worth program honors the intrinsic worth of everyday women igniting positive change in their communities and championing self-worth in others. With diverse stories born from personal experiences, the 2019 Women of Worth represent a range of causes, including empowering at-risk teenage girls, supporting survivors of conversion therapy and helping parents of children with learning disabilities to navigate the special education system.
“This year’s diverse group of awe-inspiring Honorees beautifully exemplify the L’Oréal Paris mission of uplifting and inspiring self-worth in others,” said Ali Goldstein, president of L’Oréal Paris.
“Now in its fourteenth year, Women of Worth continues to make a profound impact by shining a spotlight on the tenacity and courage of women who are tackling some of society’s most difficult issues for the greater good,” added Karen T. Fondu, president emeritus and chairwoman of L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth. “We are thrilled to welcome the 2019 Women of Worth into our family and to help them create meaningful change in their communities.”
The public is invited to support the 2019 Women of Worth by voting for one woman to become this year’s “National Honoree”, who will receive an additional $25,000 to support her cause, for a grand total of $35,000. Each Honoree will also automatically receive $10,000, along with support via national paid media, educational and training opportunities, and a large-scale platform to share her story.
Meet the 2019 Women of Worth Honorees and their non-profits:
Brittany Schiavone of Long Island, New York is the founder of Brittany’s Baskets of Hope, which delivers baskets of hand-made baby items and Down syndrome support system information to families with Down Syndrome babies.
Crystal Chatman of Memphis, Tennessee is the founder and director of Beautiful Spirited Women, which empowers and advocates for teenage girls through mentorship that teaches healthy self-esteem, safe sex and entrepreneurship.
Hetal Jani of Queens, New York is the founding executive director of SPEAK Mentorship, which advances diversity in leadership through college and career preparedness, mentoring immigrant girls on cultural identity, career trajectory and gender association.
Judy Winter of East Lansing, Michigan, is the cofounder of Eric ‘RicStar’ Winter Music Therapy Camp, which provides opportunities for musical expression, enjoyment and interaction with special needs children through an inclusive day camp.
Ni’cola Mitchell of Atlanta, Georgia is the founder of Girls Who Brunch, which inspires and empowers at-risk teenage girls by teaching literacy, education and critical life skills.
Raja B. Marhaba of Granada Hills, California is the founder of the Jonathan Foundation for Children with Learning Disabilities, which provides personalized support to help families with children with learning disabilities navigate special education systems.
Sally Berenzweig of Boca Raton, Florida is the cofounder of KidSafe Foundation, which teaches personal safety to children and adults with the ultimate mission of building strong, resilient families and safer communities.
Samantha Gerson of Los Angeles, California is the founder and CEO of UnBroken, which provides free legal and therapeutic support to adolescent survivors of institutional abuses, such as conversion therapy.
Shanté Elliott of Chicago, Illinois is the founder of TasselTurn, which improves the lives of youth in foster care through personalized support and college and career technology based educational coaching and social-emotional curriculum.
Shreyaa Venkat of Ashburn, Virginia is the founder of NEST4US, which works with communities to provide volunteer and leadership opportunities, focusing on reducing food waste and feeding the hungry.
The public is invited to support the 2019 Women of Worth by voting for one woman to become this year’s “National Honoree,” who will receive an additional $25,000 to support her cause, for a grand total of $35,000. Each Honoree will also automatically receive $10,000, along with support via national paid media, educational and training opportunities, and a large-scale platform to share her story.
Click here to learn about the 2019 Honorees’ stories and vote for the woman’s organization that resonates with you the most. Register with an email address to vote once a day through November 15, 2019.