Nadya Okamoto

Invite Nadya to speak at your event or school / reach out for press interviews - EMAIL nadyatalks@gmail.com. Follow @NadyaOkamoto.

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)

Bio: Nadya Okamoto, who grew up in Portland, OR, is 21-years-old Harvard student on a leave of absence. She is the Founder and Executive Director of PERIOD (period.org), an organization she founded at the age of 16. PERIOD is now the largest youth-run NGO in women’s health, and one of the fastest growing ones here in the United States. Since 2014 they have addressed over 500,000 periods and registered over 300 campus chapters. 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 published her debut book, Period Power: A Manifesto for the Menstrual Movement with publisher Simon & Schuster, which made the Kirkus Reviews list for Best Young Adult Nonfiction of 2018. Most recently, Nadya has become the Chief Brand Officer of JUV Consulting, a Generation Z marketing agency based in NYC. Most recently Nadya was named to InStyle Magazine’s “The Badass 50: Meet the Women Who Are Changing the World” list, along with Michelle Obama, Ariana Grande, and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.  

 

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 nadyatalks@gmail.comClick bold text for links to speech videos, press features, and written articles. 

As a quick preview, here’s a link to her recent MAKERS speech first TED talk about the Menstrual Movement, Stories of Women Summit speech on Jealousy, and speech from the Teen Vogue summit this past June where I introduced Cecile Richards. 

 
 

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