This year, we held our 2nd Annual Unbreakable Awards. The Unbreakable Awards is a national search to find #Unbreakable women making a difference through leadership, through pursuing her entrepreneurial goals, or through health and fitness initiatives that impact individuals and communities around her.
We asked you (our amazing community) to nominate women you know and to tell us what makes them unbreakable—and the response was unbelievable!
We were overwhelmed and honored to have received the many inspiring stories about strong women working to make a difference in their communities and in the lives of others. You did not make it easy for us! We pored over every response, every story…
But in the end, we could only choose two women.
With no further ado, we’re excited to announce the recipients of the Cal-EZ 2017 Unbreakable Awards!
Meet our 2017 Unbreakable Award Winners
Winner: Nicole Cardoza
Nicole is the founder of Yoga Foster, a non-profit organization that empowers teachers with yoga and mindfulness techniques to help keep students engaged and learning in the classroom. In the past two years, Nicole and her team have empowered 800 teachers to incorporate these techniques into the school day. As a result, teachers have reported that Yoga Foster helped increase student performance, improved student mental health, and increase their student’s physical aptitude and ability.
Runner up: Venkayla Haynes
Venkayla studies Biology at Spelman University and is an accomplished, outspoken advocate against gender-based violence. A few of her activist roles include her status as an Ambassador for NoMore.org, a 501(c)(3) public charity dedicated to ending domestic violence and sexual assault; and an activist with It’s On Us, an initiative launched in 2014 by then President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden to end sexual assault on college campuses. With It’s On Us, she hosted events on her college campus and went to high schools in Atlanta where she educated both students and staff on sexual assault. She was invited to the White House to attend the United State of Women Summit as a Nominated Changemaker. In November 2015, she had to honor of introducing then Vice President Joe Biden on stage at the Atlanta University Center at an event held to end campus sexual assault.
Both of these women are working to better their communities and the lives of others. And both of them are Unbreakable.
We’ll be interviewing each of these women and sharing their incredible stories with our community. So stay tuned!
For a look at our 2016 winners, click here.