The 2016 DVF Awards Honorees
The following extraordinary women will be honored at the 7th annual DVF Awards in New York on April 7, 2016:
The Lifetime Leadership DVF Award
Dr. Martine Rothblatt
Martine Rothblatt is Chairman & Co-CEO of United Therapeutics Corporation (UTHR), and President & CEO of its Lung Biotechnology public benefit company. She previously created and led Sirius XM as its Chairman & CEO. She holds both JD and MBA degrees from UCLA, and a Ph.D. in Medical Ethics from the Royal London School of Medicine & Dentistry. Her patented inventions cover aspects of satellite radio, prostacyclin biochemistry and cognitive software. She is also in the forefront of creating an unlimited supply of transplantable organs and medicines for rare diseases. This technology has the potential to eliminate all waitlists for organ transplantation. Martine believes that women’s empowerment is an essential, if not sufficient, basis for socio-economic development. When women’s talents shine, the entire environment around us brightens. As nurturers of life, either biologically or by gender affinity, women translate the potential of humanity into its best realization.
The International DVF Award
Agnes Igoye is the Director of Pallisa Based Community Development Initiative (PACBADI), a non-profit organization seeking to end human trafficking in Uganda. Using her grant from the DVF Awards, Agnes and PACBADI are building a center for human-trafficking survivors. Prior to undertaking a Public Service Fellowship at the Harvard Kennedy School eight months ago, Agnes served as deputy national coordinator of the Prevention of Trafficking in Persons and the training manager at the Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control for Uganda’s Ministry of Internal Affairs. Agnes hopes to utilize her Fellowship to improve her government’s capacity to fight human trafficking in Uganda.
A member of the Clinton Global Initiative, Agnes speaks all over the world in an effort to raise awareness around human trafficking. She also works to rehabilitate survivors and train law enforcement. Agnes is the founder of The Huts for Peace Program, a community driven self-help initiative for women displaced, tortured, and subjected to gender-based violence by the LRA who are now rebuilding their communities using local materials.
The International DVF Award
Maria Pacheco is co-founder of Wakami, a business dedicated to developing products and services that generate hope, income and prosperity for rural communities. Currently, under the Wakami brand, hand-made fashion accessories produced by over 450 Guatemalan women are being exported to over 20 countries. She has also partnered with the UN Foundation, UNDP, the private sector, and others to implement her methodology. Most recently, Maria has employed the DVF Award grant to build up the Wakami Villages Program; a social program partially funded by beneficiaries within Wakami that employs a four-pronged approach to community development, focusing on education, healthy homes, access to business opportunities, and overall community betterment.
The Inspiration DVF Award
Sarah Jones is a Tony® and Obie Award-winning playwright and performer. Called “a master of the genre” by The New York Times, Sarah is known for her multi-character, one-person shows including the critically acclaimed Broadway hit Bridge & Tunnel, originally produced by Oscar-winner Meryl Streep, and her most recent show Sell/Buy/Date which explores the real-life experiences of women affected by the sex industry. Sarah is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and long-standing advocate for the empowerment of women and girls, working with organizations such as Equality Now, the Novo Foundation, the New York Women’s Foundation, and the Sadie Nash Leadership Project, where she is an honorary chairperson.
The People’s Voice DVF Award
LEmily Greener is Co-Founder of I AM THAT GIRL. With over 175 local chapters and an online community of 700,000+, I AM THAT GIRL empowers, supports and educates an engaged and growing community of girls from across the globe to love and express themselves through online and offline programs and initiatives. Their programs address the emotional, mental and physical well-being of girls with the goal of shifting culture, ultimately raising the standards for how girls treat each other, themselves, and the world.
People's Voice DVF Award Nominees
Let your voice be heard.
The People’s Voice DVF Award is chosen by popular vote and will be celebrated at the 9th annual DVF Awards to be held on April 13, 2018 at the United Nations in New York City.
This year’s nominees are: