NEW YORK — Unilever’s Simple facial skin care brand has teamed up with AOL to announce the winners of a nationwide search for extraordinary women driving positive change in their communities. The search is an extension of Makers, a multiplatform video experience that honors trailblazing women, including Sandra Day O’Connor, Hillary Clinton and Diane Von Furstenberg.
Recognized as Next Makers for their leadership, vision, courage and ingenuity, Col. Jill Chambers, Olivia Joy Stinson, Anna Rodriguez, Reshma Saujani, Emily May and Lydia Cincore-Templeton will join a group of groundbreakers that includes Supreme Court justices, secretaries of state, CEOs, athletes, activists and entertainers. Next Makers will have the opportunity to tell their stories in short videos at Makers.com. In addition, Simple will award each woman with a $10,000 grant.
“Simple facial skin care brand congratulates the Next Makers whose commitment, creativity and hard work are positively impacting our country, opening doors in their communities and inspiring change now and in the future,” stated Alison Clark, director of Unilever U.S. skin care. “Simple is proud to support the Makers initiative that celebrates women whose authenticity, ideals and pioneering spirit inspire others every day.”
Makers founder and executive producer Dyllan McGee, along with her filmmaking team, will meet with each Next Maker to capture her personal story. These videos will debut on Makers.com beginning Dec. 17, 2012.
About the Next Makers:
Col. Jill Chambers, Washington D.C.: Leading advocate for the military’s new nationwide strategy to address post-traumatic stress disorder;
Olivia Joy Stinson, North Carolina: Founder of PEN Pals Book Club and Support Group for Children of Incarcerated Parents, a nonprofit organization that she created at the age of 14;
Anna Rodriguez, Florida: Founder of the Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking;
Reshma Saujani, New York: Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, a nonprofit that empowers students from low-income communities to use technology to become entrepreneurs;
Emily May, New York: Founder and CEO of Hollaback, a nonprofit that harnesses the power of information technology to combat street harassment; and
Lydia Cincore-Templeton, California: CEO of Children Youth and Family Collaborative in Los Angeles, an organization devoted to improving the academic performance of foster youth.