YWA 2017 Finalists: Entrepreneurship for Good
A woman who embodies an entrepreneurial spirit in a full or part-time manner. Nominees in this category may be an innovator in their field or have founded or managed an organization that promotes social change.
Doreen Allen has over 7 years of experience in direct child welfare services and particular experience with children and adolescents in foster care. Prior to this, she conducted program development analyses for a social service agency, to visually document the “current state” process of foster care & adoption, to identify breakdowns and inefficiencies.
In 2016, she launched iThrive Worldwide, a nonprofit that will strive to decrease statistics and create a positive future for foster care youth. iThrive will create this positive influence via the hosting of curriculum events, such as personal development seminars, professional development seminars, financial literacy classes, health and wellness guidance, academic help, housing assistance, and creative opportunities. Prior to launching iThrive Worldwide, Doreen Allen completed a Bachelors in Psychology from Morgan State University and a Masters in Criminal Justice from the University of Cincinnati.
Simona Noce is skilled and dedicated public relations & events planning professional with an intense passion for media, entertainment, and the execution of creative ideas. She has pierced the world of both Hollywood glamour and the nonprofits sectors in the D.C area.
She currently is a senior publicist at Allied Integrated Marketing, leading film campaigns on behalf of high profile clients such as Screen Gems, Universal, STX Entertainment, Sony Picture Classics, Faith & Family, and MOXY (Allied’s African American division). Her most recent career highlight was leading public relations effort for the inaugural Peace Ball: Voice of Hope and Resistance, headlining Solange.
Known for having her hands full; She balances life and motherhood, raising two under two boys while building her 3 “passion projects.” She is the founding & lead host of the DC chapter of Our Family Dinner – an organization dedicated to hosting bi-annual family style dinners for transplants and locals in metropolitan cities; the founder of District Motherhued, an organization building and grooming a “mom tribe” for millennial moms of color in the DMV area, and runs Noce Events, her special events business.
If you can’t find her doing “mommy work” or “work work,” then she’s off checking out DC’s brunch scene with friends!
Janice Omadeke is the CEO and Founder of The Mentor Method, a professional development company empowering millennial women to learn to lead with confidence by connecting future leaders to career mentors. Through successfully mentoring and managing teams for Fortune 500 companies and boutique corporations, she discovered her passion for mentoring and encouraging millennial women to “Create their Career Squad.” She shares her career knowledge and passion as a business blogger for The Huffington Post. She is shameless in her mission to provide resources to women interested in leadership positions. For her innovative approach to mentoring, Janice was accepted into MIT’s Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp, the 1776 Accelerator, and was invited to attend the White House Summit on Building the Tech Workforce of Tomorrow.
Owner and Founder, Yoga Heights
Yoga Instructor, E-RYT 500, Yoga Teacher Trainer
Jess unexpectedly fell in love with yoga because of the way it takes her out of her head and into her body by challenging her to cultivate strength, balance, and stillness. When she decided to become an instructor, it allowed her to explore the history, foundations, and logic behind yoga. She continues to learn, and love, that yoga is many different things, to many different people. There is no “right and wrong” in yoga. There are safe and healthy practices that should be respected, but the sky’s the limit. Meditation, nutrition, weight loss, flexibility, stress relief, mental and physical balance – these are all things that yoga brings to her, and that she offers to her students.
Her focus in leading the Yoga Heights Teacher Training Program is to empower trainees to thrive on and off the mat. Their training program focuses helping teachers connect to their true selves and then teach yoga from that place of self-assured confidence. The yoga they teach is rooted in tradition, yet modernized to be adaptable and beneficial to all students.