Emerging Young Leader Award

Finalists!

From November 2013 through January 15th, 2014, we asked: Are you a young woman who dreams of leading in politics? Or do you know one?  After receiving almost 300 nominations of young women with demonstrated leadership ability and a passion to change the world, carefully chose the 10 most outstanding nominees to be our semifinalists. Then it was their turn. These 10 young women had a chance to get everyone voting so that they could become one of the 5 finalists. Thanks to our sponsor, PG&E, Running Start will feature the five finalists at our annual Women to Watch Awards in Washington, DC on April 2, 2014, and the winner will be announced at the Awards ceremony. This contest offers a unique opportunity to be recognized as a member of the next generation of emerging leaders, to learn how to drum up support, and to meet some of the most accomplished and fabulous women leaders in the country.

The five finalists:

Brittany Amano headshot Name: Brittany Amano
Age: 16
From: Honolulu, Hawaii
Claim to fame: Started two nonprofits, raised over $596,000 and empowers social change.
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Sarah Clements headshot Name: Sarah Clements
Age: 17
From: Newtown, Connecticut
Claim to fame: Gun violence most affects youth. We must be the change.
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Donya Nasser headshot Name: Donya Nasser
Age: 21
From: Orlando, Florida
Claim to fame: Watch. Her. Lead. (The project I developed to encourage young women of color to run for office.)
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Madison Vorva headshot Name: Madison Vorva
Age: 18
From: Plymouth, Michigan
Claim to fame: United Nations “Forest Hero” for Girl Scout Cookie campaign to save rainforests
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Angela Zhou headshot Name: Angela Zhou
Age: 18
From: Anaheim, California
Claim to fame: Founder of the Teen Ambassadors Program for International Princess Project.
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Semifinalists

Alize Beal headshot Name: Alizé Beal
Age: 24
From: New York, New York
Claim to fame: Offered opportunity to speak at the White House to make recommendations on domestic violence.
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Rebekah Bolser headshot Name: Rebekah Bolser
Age: 17
From: Hamilton, Ohio
Claim to fame: International Youth Council, USA Chair.
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Jamira Burley headshot Name: Jamira Burley
Age: 25
From: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Claim to fame: Speaking at the UN this past summer on Global Education.
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Anna Day headshot Name: Anna Day
Age: 25
From: Boise, Idaho
Claim to fame: International journalist covering my peers around the world.
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Alexandra Knowles headshot Name: Alexandra Knowles
Age: 21
From: Dorchester, Massachusetts
Claim to fame: I filed my first piece of legislation at 17.
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