Women to Watch Spotlight: Student Activist Talia Leman

April 17, 2013

Here is your second sneak peak of our 2013 Women to Watch Awards honorees.  This year we are thrilled to honor four inspirational women who are making a tremendous impact in politics, media, philanthropy, and activism.  These women are not only exceptional in their fields, but are also inspiring role models for young women around the world.

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Alumna in Action: Talia Leman

Talia LemanTalia Leman began her philanthropic journey at the age of 10 when she became concerned with the devastating effects of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, so much so that she spearheaded a Halloween campaign with a national network of children across the country to collect donations to restore life in the Gulf coast. The amount of contributions totaled more than ten million dollars, ranking the giving power of youth proportionate to the top five corporate donors for the disasters.

Talia founded RandomKid, an organization that provides support and mentorship to young people who want to work on local and global issues.  Talia and RandomKid have been recognized by other philanthropic and global groups such as the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations.  She is the author of A Random Book About the Power of Anyone, which illustrates the important contributions young people can make to change the world around them, and offers techniques and tools needed to be successful.

We are in awe of what Talia has accomplished so far and are anticipating what’s next in the future!

Check out this article to learn more about Talia’s compelling story.

Introduced by: Tiffany Dufu

Tiffany Dufu (unofficial)Tiffany Dufu is the former President of the White House Project whose mission was to increase female representation and champion women’s leadership in business and politics.

Tiffany began her career in fundraising.  She previously worked for the Seattle Girls School- a math, science, and technology middle school where in one year, she helped raise one million dollars towards a matching donation grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  Tiffany currently works with Levo League, which aims to elevate women in the workforce.

Through her work, the White House Project launched many programs to propel women into leadership through training, empowerment, and networking.  She has been honored by Mattel as one of their 10 Women to Watch and the National Council for Research on Women.  Tiffany has also been featured in the Seattle Times, New York Times, and on NPR.  She, along with powerful women like Hillary Clinton and Oprah Winfrey, was chosen as one of sixty members of Fast Company’s League of Extraordinary Women. She continues to be an advocate and voice for women and girls around the world.

Stay tuned for more weekly spotlights on our Women to Watch honorees!

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