Nadya Okamoto

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Founder of the Non-Profit Organization, PERIOD (period.org)

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Nadya Okamoto: Biography at a Glance

  • Nadya Okamoto personifies the idea of “being the change.” At 16 she founded PERIOD, a nonprofit that provides menstrual hygiene products to the homeless.
  • PERIOD is the largest youth-run NGO in women’s health and one of the fastest growing ones here in the United States.
  • Since 2014, they have registered over 800 campus chapters, and distributed over 15 million units of period products.
  • In 2017, Nadya ran for office in Cambridge, MA. While she did not win, her campaign team made historic waves in mobilizing young people on the ground and at polls.
  • Nadya recently published her debut book, Period Power: A Manifesto for the Menstrual Movement with publisher Simon & Schuster.
  • Most recently, Nadya was the Chief Brand Officer of JUV Consulting, a Generation Z marketing agency based in NYC. Honored for her innovative philanthropy, Okamoto will explain how she overcame adversity to attend Harvard and turn her experiences into a platform for advocacy and women’s empowerment.

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Biography

Nadya Okamoto is a 22-year-old Harvard student. She is the Founder of PERIOD (period.org), an organization fighting to end period poverty and stigma that she founded at the age of 16. Under her leadership as Executive Director for five years, PERIOD addressed over 1.5 million periods and registered over 800 campus chapters in all 50 states and 50 other countries. In 2017, Nadya ran for public office in Cambridge, MA at age 19 — at the time, becoming the youngest Asian American to run. In 2018, Nadya published her debut book, Period Power: A Manifesto for the Menstrual Movement with publisher Simon & Schuster, which made the Kirkus Reviews list for Best Young Adult Nonfiction of 2018. Nadya is also the former Chief Brand Officer and current Board Member of JUV Consulting, a Generation Z marketing agency based in NYC. She is included in the latest cohorts of Forbes 30 under 30Bloomberg 50 “Ones to Watch” and People Magazine's Women Changing the World.

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Engaging Young People Through Activism
My Story: How I Created a Movement to Impact Health Disparities

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