Throughout history women have done things differently. When it comes to making an impact, we blur the industry lines and work as a whole, as a team, as a family. These four women exemplify that notion, demonstrating they have the brains, beauty, and passion to change lives for generations to come!
Cheryl Gentry | Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship and iMentor
As president of Glow Media, an event management company in New York, NY, Cheryl Gentry has crisscrossed the globe supervising, coordinating, and executing hundreds of events. Despite her hectic schedule, Gentry carves out time for philanthropic pursuits, including serving as a board member of Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE). The group provides programs that inspire young people from low-income communities to stay in school, to recognize business opportunities, and to plan for successful futures. Gentry is also a women’s committee member of iMentor, where students work with mentors one on one, in person, and online to develop strong personal relationships, nurture their college aspirations, and build critical skills that lead to college success.
NFTE.com | iMentor.org
Gloria Feldt | Take the Lead
Gloria Feldt has accomplished many visionary goals throughout her career, including a nine-year role as president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Feldt is also the bestselling author of “No Excuses: 9 Ways Women Can Change How We Think About Power” and an acclaimed expert on women, power, and authentic leadership. She also serves as the co-founder and president of Take the Lead, which aspires to prepare, develop, inspire, and propel women to take their fair and equal share of leadership positions across all sectors by 2025. It’s a unique catalyst for women to embrace power and reach leadership parity.
Selita Ebanks | Cash and Rocket
Selita Ebanks is a New York-born fashion model of Caribbean descent. You may have seen her face representing Victoria’s Secret or on a guest appearance on “How I Met Your Mother.” This year marks Ebanks’ second participation alongside 69 other women, who tour across Europe for the Cash and Rocket Fundraiser (CAR) to raise money for the charity, Shine on Sierra Leone, for which she serves as a Goodwill Ambassador. The group boasts two education programs that transform student communities in Sierra Leone into resilient and bright havens of scholarship. CAR brings inspiring women together for the adventure of a lifetime while raising funds for charities around the world.
CashAndRocket.com | ShineonSierraLeone.org
Shannon Keith | Sudara
In 2005, Sudara founder Shannon Keith took a trip to India that opened her eyes to a tragedy occurring daily to women and girls: modern day slavery. Keith listened to story after story of girls being sold into the sex trade by their families, picked up off the street, and even young mothers just trying to feed their children. Keith returned home determined to do something about it. In 2006, Sudara hired the first six employees for their first sewing center and began teaching each woman how to become a seamstress. The first pair of PUNJAMMIES™ loungewear was produced. Stitch by stitch, the women gained confidence not only in their newfound trade, but also in their newfound freedom.