Every day, there are people in our communities doing amazing things to make the world a better place. Yesterday, a young woman from Bellevue, Washington was recognized on a national level for her commitment to driving positive social change within her community.
Alisha Saxena from Bellevue is one of only twenty young women from across the country to be awarded a grant by ANN INC., the parent company of Ann Taylor and LOFT, and Vital Voices through the ANNpower Vital Voices Initiative, a partnership dedicated to investing in the next generation of female leaders.
The ANNpower Project grant will help fund Alisha’s social change project within the community, which is focused on bridging the gender gap that exists in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects today. Her project, Project COOKI (COding FOr KIds), is an online community of mentors and students that exposes girls to computer science and technology at a younger age. Receiving this competitive recognition will help bring her community plans to the forefront of high-profile female leaders.
As part of the ANNpower Vital Voices Leadership Forum last spring, the ANNpower Grantees were provided with leadership training and mentorship from women leaders from the Vital Voices Global Leadership Network, as well as executives from ANN INC. Armed with this knowledge, they developed projects that will make a significant difference in communities across the country and received ANNpower Project Grants to bring their ideas to life. Through these projects, the ANNpower Grantees are creating a ripple effect of change that is estimated to positively impact more than 5,500 members of their collective communities throughout the country each year.
The ANNpower Project Grants are awarded based on a comprehensive review process of the project proposals by ANN INC. and Vital Voices leadership, as well as the newly appointed ANNpower Advisory Council, comprised of influential women leaders in media, business, and entertainment.
To learn more about the 2013 ANNpower Grantees, the ANNpower Vital Voices Initiative, or the ANNpower Fellow application process, please visit ANNpower.org.
SOURCE: ANN INC.
Vice President, Corporate Communications