Deena Metzger is a writer, storyteller and healer. She developed therapies (Healing Stories) which creatively address life threatening diseases, spiritual and emotional crises, as well as community, political and environmental disintegration.
Rick Stoff is a longtime activist for the homeless and co-founder of Volunteer Collective. Rick believes that it is up to each of us to do our part, and to share the responsibility to help our neighbors in need.
Valeria Aloe is an award-winning author, speaker, and founder of the Rising Together Movement, as well as Board member of LUPE Fund and Vice President of Latina Surge, non-profits that advocate for Latina equal pay, access to education, and civic engagement.
Anita Koroma is Founder/Country Director of Girl Child Network Sierra Leone, which supports thousands of girls from all backgrounds, as well as EcoJC Pad Enterprise, which generates funds and creates jobs by producing reusable sanitary pads
Mary Collins is Senior Policy & Advocacy Coordinator for European Women’s Lobby, a membership based organization that brings together the women’s movement in Europe to influence the general public and European Institutions in support of women’s human rights and equality between women and men.
Laura Lind is a volunteer at Days for Girls (DfG), an award-winning NGO dedicated to ending period poverty. Though her church, she was able to go to Zimbabwe and make a DfG presentation to women in a small village.
Athena Azevedo is Executive Director/Production Director for the International Brazilian Opera Company (IBOC), producing with IBOC since their “Brazilian Opera” debut concerts in 2014. She is currently spearheading the art direction and development of Wildflower, the opera by librettist Nina Smart and composer João MacDowell.
Vijali Hamilton, a visionary sculptor, poet, musician, performance artist, and author, is the originator of the World Wheel, Global Peace Through the Arts. Her work focuses attention on environmental, spiritual, and social problems.
Beverly Bucur is the Soroptimist International Director of Advocacy, working with the Soroptimist International UN Representatives, the Advocacy Committee and SI Board to ensure that Soroptimist International is the Global Voice For Women.
Dr. Nina Smart is a non-violent human rights activist, sociologist, and author who educates people about female genital mutilation (FGM) and works to eradicate the practice in Sierra Leone, West Africa and prevent its spread in the US and Europe.
Elena Timofticiuc is Executive Secretary of AIDRom–the Ecumenical Association of Churches from Romania. Beginning in 1992, her work has been dedicated to the recognition of human rights in Romania, especially of women, victims of violence and trafficking for sexual or labor exploitation.
For the past 14 years, Gloria “Ginger” Cole has served in leadership positions at Soroptimist, and in September 2021, she will be installed as board director of Soroptimist International of the Americas.
Mariet Verhoef Cohen is Chair/President of Women for Water Partnership (WfWP) and past president of Soroptimist International Europe. She is a dedicated leader, a successful businesswoman, and an expert on water issues.
Angela Peabody is the Executive Director and Founder of Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation, an organization dedicated to empowering women and girls to help end gender-based violence, especially female genital mutilation (FGM).
After retiring from her 37-year career as a probation officer, Lee Gale became an actress, author, public speaker, and blogger. Having developed her own second career after she retired, Lee Gale became an expert on helping seniors find fulfillment in their retirement.
Susan Burton is the founder and president of A New Way of Life, a program that provides reentry services for formerly incarcerated women. She strives to mitigate the effects of, and ultimately eliminate, mass incarceration.
Suzanne Taylor produces stimulating events, projects and experiences for sophisticated audiences with a visionary voice that challenges the status quo and helps people feel inspired to shift us from a worldview based on greed to where caring about each other is as important as caring about ourselves.
Roya Adjory was featured in May, 2016 for her work in creating a green hair salon, for which she received a Climate Leader Award and Green Salon Certification. In her search for better and safer salon products, Roya discovered Natulique, a line of products that are organic and free of toxic chemicals. She has become their California distributor, and she has also begun political advocacy work to pass laws requiring safer products and more transparent labeling.
Amanuel “Aman” Berhe is the founder and president of African Missions Empowering Network, (AMEN), a faith-based-Community organization dedicated to advancing health, education, empowerment and solidarity among Eritrean refugees.
Rebecca Paida, MPH, CHES is Senior Program Manager at Nile Sisters Development Initiative (NSDI) in San Diego where she provides a wide range of services, including supervision, needs assessment, dialog with the community and with decision makers, and direct service.
Dr. Gold will receive the Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles President’s Award for the Service Unit at the upcoming Annual Girl Scouts Volunteer Ceremony on April 13th for her work to make Santa Monica Girl Scouts exceptional.
Yasmin Kadir is the executive assistant and Program Coordinator for Muslims for Progressive Values (MPV), where she has coordinated and implemented national and local programs. Yasmin is also a 2018-2019 NewGround Change-maker Fellow.
Stefania Magidson is the founder and president of Blue Heron Foundation, one of the largest non-profit organizations in the Romanian diaspora. Romanian-born, she has lived in the United States since 1983.
Dr. Wen Chen is an activist for Chinese culture and human rights. She was born in China during the Great Cultural Revolution and eventually won a national prize at a science competition when she was 16. She came to the U.S. for graduate school and received a doctorate degree in Biology
Stephanie LaMotta is the founder of Death Row Dogs Rescue. In addition to dogs, Stephanie has rescued cats, fish, birds, pigs, horses, goats, sheep, and chickens. Over the past 31 years, she has rescued about 3000 animals.
Monalisa Okojie is the founder and president of Upward African Woman (UAW) to help eliminate the poverty, illiteracy, and hopelessness confronting women and children in Africa and within our own city of Los Angeles.