School: Harvard College
Words to live by: I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change, I am changing the things that I cannot accept (quote from Angela Davis)
Menstruation revelation: During my freshman and sophomore years of high school, my family experienced what it was like to live without a home of our own. During this time I was constantly thinking about the balance and spectrum of privilege around me, and connecting with homeless women who were in much worse living situations than I was, and hearing how periods were one of their biggest challenges pushed me to realize how strongly I believed menstrual hygiene was a right, and not a privilege.
Menstruating since: 2010
Bio: Nadya Okamoto, who grew up in Portland, OR, is 20-years-old Harvard student. She is the Founder and Executive Director of PERIOD, an organization she founded at the age of 16. In 2017, Nadya ran for office in Cambridge, MA. While she did not win, her campaign team made historic waves in mobilizing young people on the ground and at polls. Nadya recently signed with publisher Simon and Schuster to write a book to mobilize the Menstrual Movement (coming Fall 2018) — Period Power: A Manifesto for the Menstrual Movement is now out for preorder!
Nadya is a leading speaker about The Menstrual Movement, the power of Generation Z and youth activism, and overcoming adversity (and how she turned her experiences into a platform for advocacy). She is currently on leave from Harvard College to focus on scaling PERIOD, and accepting more speaking engagements. If you are interested in having Nadya at your organization or event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. See below for RECENT ENGAGEMENTS, NOTABLE PRESS FEATURES, AND WRITTEN WORK. Click bold text for links to speech videos, press features, and written articles.
- Teen Vogue Summit: PERIOD, youth activism
- No Man's Land Docu-Series Launch Event: Opening Speaker
- Independent Schools Gender Conference at Hotchkiss: Keynote Speaker
- Association Forum Conference, Forum Forward: Keynote Speaker and Panelist at CEO Only Summit
- HerLead 201 8 Conference at ANN Inc HQ: Mentor Role
- May 2018
- The Stories of Women Summit, May 2018: "Jealousy"
- Snapchat - New York City, Los Angeles, London: Generation Z
- University of San Diego, Kroc Institute: Power of Narratives Panel on Polarization in the US
- TEDxCVHS, Corvallis High School: The Menstrual Movement
- Knixwear Pop-up Event: How We Built This Panel
- April 2018
- Women in Power Conference, Harvard Kennedy School: "The Future is Female" Panel
- Oregon Girls Lead Conference at Portland State University: Keynote Speech
- Harvard Kennedy School, AAPI Caucus Conference: Keynote on Civic Duty as an AAPI
- Mindshare Huddle in Portland: The Power of Generation Z, Keynote Speech
- School of Thought, Singapore, January 2018: Keynote Speech
- TEDxPortland, April 2016: "The Menstrual Movement"
- ELKS National Convention, Most Valuable Student Scholar: Award Acceptance Speech
- Oregon Entrepreneurs Network, Pitch: Camions of Care
- Portland Pitch Fest, Winner: Camions of Care Pitch
- TEDxYouth Portland, November 2015: The Menstrual Movement
- Social Venture Partners, Changemakers Night, May 2015: Nadya's Founding Story
- Dress for Success, Keynote Speaker: Nadya's Founding Story
Recent Press Features
- OPRAH MAGAZINE: "The Beauty of Giving," print and digital feature
- TEEN VOGUE: "Hillary Clinton Discusses Equality and Feminism with Teen Vogue's 2017 21 Under 21 Nominees"
- TEEN VOGUE: 21 Under 21, 2017
- BBC VIDEO: "Amazing Humans: Free menstrual products for women in need"
- MTV: Women's History Month, Nadya Okamoto Profile
- NOW THIS POLITICS: "This teenager started a menstrual movement by founding a company that gives products to homeless women"
- INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES: "Nadya Okamoto: The 19-year-old period rights charity founder on #MeToo, Trump, and why menstrual hygiene is a right"
- BROADLY VICE: "The Formerly Homeless Teen Fighting to Make Tampons Free for Everyone"
- BOSTON GLOBE: "Harvard sophomore gets book deal"
- MS MAGAZINE: "It Starts With Nadya" on Running for Office
- MASHABLE: "7 inspiring young activists to follow this International Women's Day"
- ANN TAYLOR: International Women's Day, Campaign Video #HerLead
- U BY KOTEX: Alliance for Period Supplies Campaign, Nadya as Spokesperson
- RAVISHLY: "19-Year-Old Nadya Okamoto's PERIOD Inc. Fights For Safe & Hygienic Periods"
- WE WORK CREATOR: "Women-led Nonprofits Bring Reproductive Health to All"
- OPB: Radio Interview, Menstruation While Homeless
- GLAM SALAD: "Nadya Okamoto: Social Entrepreneur & Activist"
- MRAW MRAW: 100 Most Influential Asian Americans
- NEXTSHARK: Until Three Months Ago, I Was Ashamed of Being Asian
- TEEN VOGUE: My First Menstruation Experience (Book Introduction Excerpt)
- TEEN VOGUE: Nadya Okamoto Explains What She Learned as a Candidate for Cambridge City Council
- TEEN VOGUE: 4 Asian-American Politicians You Need to Know About
- NEXTSHARK: She Could Become the First Female Asian American Mayor of SF, Jane Kim
- NEXTSHARK: Dan Koh Could Be the First Korean American Democrat in Congress
- NEXTSHARK: Students Unite After Soka University Told Asian American Survivor to ‘Get Over’ Sexual Harassment