Tiffany Shlain is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, founder of The Webby Awards, and co-founder of two global initiatives, Character Day and 50/50 Day--unified days of film and discussion about important issues shaping our lives that unite over 100,000 live events. Character Day explores the science of character and 50/50 Day focuses on gender equity. Tiffany’s films and work have received over 80 awards and distinctions including premieres at The Sundance Film Festival and being selected by The US State Department to use her films to represent America around the world. Tiffany is a Henry Crown Fellow of The Aspen Institute and was recently selected by the Albert Einstein Foundation for their new book Genius100.
Alisha, 2015 HERlead Fellow, Grantee, and Global Delegate, and 2017 HERlead Ambassador, is passionate about human rights and youth. Her HERlead Project, Kids First Project, is now a 501(c)3 that brings educational and recreational programs to youth experiencing homelessness in Portland, OR. With over 280 volunteers, Kids First Project annually serves 500 families at 8 different locations. The mission of Kids First Project is to allow each child to reach their full potential, ultimately working to break the generational cycle of poverty
Amy, a 2016 HERlead Fellow and Grantee, is passionate about addressing the lack of girls and historically underrepresented groups in debate by giving them exposure to debate and building their confidence to pursue it in the future. Her HERlead Project, Today Debate, Tomorrow the World, hosts free debate summer camps as well as a 2-week debate course during the school year for 300 students. These opportunities create a supportive community for those involved by establishing a peer mentorship program between high school and middle school students. The mission of these camps/courses is to highlight why debate matters and how to go beyond debate in order to empower students to put their knowledge to use and change the world.
Bridget, a 2016 HERlead Fellow and Grantee, is passionate about destroying the stigma around menstruation through conversation, service, and education. Her HERlead Project, Herstory, educates boys and girls on sexual and menstrual health as well as provides feminine hygiene kits throughout the year. In July, Bridget spoke at TEDxFargo to raise awareness for these issues, gain support from her community, and educate more people on the stigma surrounding women’s menstrual cycles and women’s health injustices overall.
Izzy, a 2016 HERlead Fellow and Grantee, is passionate about improving the self-confidence of physically disabled teenagers. Her HERlead Project, Express Yourself, allows participants to present and express who they are in a safe environment of peers who have had similar experiences. The mission of Express Yourself is to foster a safe space where participants can share their stores openly and confidently through various workshops in order to foster friendships and positive self image.