Meet Changing the Game Awards Honoree: Janette Sadik-Khan, City of New York

April 22, 2014 at 1:00 pm

jsk_photoInternationally recognized for her expertise in transportation issues, public policy development and innovative finance, Janette Sadik-Khan was the Commissioner of New York City Department of Transportation from 2007-2013. Under her tenure Janette implemented an ambitious program to improve safety, mobility and sustainability throughout New York City, and ensured a state of good repair on the city’s 6,300 miles of roads, 12,000 miles of sidewalks, 787 bridges and the Staten Island Ferry.

As commissioner of NYC DOT Janette launched a series of innovative projects including: the pedestrianization of Times Square and creation of several acres of new public space along Broadway from Columbus Circle to Union Square; the planning and launch of seven Select Bus Service routes; the implementation of the nation’s largest bike share program and the addition of 350 miles of new bicycle lanes; the installation and design of over 50 plazas citywide; and the publication of a Street Design Manual and Street Works Manual that defined new standards for creating more sustainable and attractive streets.

Under Janette’s leadership, DOT received awards from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Women’s Transportation Seminar, the Municipal Arts Society, the Institute of Transportation Engineers, and the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize.

Janette’s contributions to public service and the field of transportation have been recognized with awards from the Rockefeller Foundation, the American Institute of Architects, the National Resources Defense Council and NYU Wagner’s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management. Pratt Institute, The New School, and Occidental College have conferred honorary degrees on her for her work in New York City.

Before joining DOT, Janette was a Senior Vice President of Parsons Brinckerhoff. Previously, she worked in Washington, D.C. as the Deputy Administrator at the Federal Transit Administration. Janette holds a B.A. in Political Science from Occidental College, and a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law.

Join AWNY at the 8th Annual Changing The Game Awards on Wednesday, April 23rd as we honor Janette Sadik-Khan in the No Apologies category. Register today!

Meet Changing the Game Awards Honoree: Anastasia Khoo, HRC

April 21, 2014 at 1:00 pm

anastasia-khoo-webAnastasia Khoo is the Marketing Director for the Human Rights Campaign. In this capacity, Anastasia oversees organizational marketing strategies as well as manages digital media, advertising and various other public relations projects. She was the architect of the red logo campaign in support of marriage equality, heralded as one of the most successful social media campaigns ever and Facebook’s most viral campaign in its history. Prior to joining HRC, she spent six years in the environmental movement with Greenpeace developing its communications and brand strategy as well as collaborating on a variety of high-profile corporate and grassroots campaigns.

Anastasia has a bachelor’s degree from Dickinson College.

Join AWNY at the 8th Annual Changing The Game Awards on Wednesday, April 23rd as we honor Anastasia Khoo in the No Apologies category. Register today!

Meet Changing the Game Awards Honoree: Alexandra Chong, LuLu

April 18, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Alexandra Chong Lulu-657Alexandra is Founder & CEO of Lulu, a private network for girls to express and share their opinions openly and honestly. Alexandra created Lulu to unleash the value of girl talk and to empower girls to make smarter decisions on topics ranging from relationships to beauty and health, and wellness. Lulu launched in February 2013 and is now used by more than one million girls in the US.

Before Lulu, Alexandra served as Global Head of Marketing for Upstream, one of the world’s largest mobile marketing companies. She holds an LLB from the London School of Economics.

Born to a Chinese Jamaican father and a Canadian mother, Alexandra grew up in Ocho Rios, Jamaica. As a professional tennis player, she represented Team Jamaica at the Federation Cup and Commonwealth Games and now plays for the Ladies First team at The Queen’s Club in London. Alexandra also writes a regular column for The Sunday Times about start-up life.

Join AWNY at the 8th Annual Changing The Game Awards on Wednesday, April 23rd as we honor Brianna Cayo Cotter in the No Apologies category. Register today!

Meet Changing the Game Awards Honoree: Brianna Cayo Cotter, Change.org

April 17, 2014 at 1:00 pm

brianna_cayo_cotterBrianna Cayo Cotter is Change.org’s managing director of communications. Brianna has more than a decade of experience developing creative, effective communications strategies to help advance social change. She has run media and communications departments at Avaaz, Rainforest Action Network, and the Energy Action Coalition (a massive network of young people working to address climate change).

At Change.org, Brianna built and runs one of the most effective social change communications teams in the world, waking up every morning thinking about how to help ordinary people leverage the media to tell their stories and create big change. She speaks regularly with the media and at events about storytelling, social good business, corporate accountability, technology, and digital activism.

Join AWNY at the 8th Annual Changing The Game Awards on Wednesday, April 23rd as we honor Brianna Cayo Cotter in the No Apologies category. Register today!

Meet Changing the Game Awards Honoree: Wanda Young, Walmart

April 16, 2014 at 1:00 pm

wanda pro photoWanda Young is VP, Media, Digital and Partnership Marketing for Walmart. A marketing veteran with over 20 years of experience, Wanda joined Walmart in October 2008 to lead the company’s digital marketing efforts. Today she is responsible for the company’s media presence in traditional, digital and social channels. In this role, she is responsible for bringing Walmart’s “Save Money, Live Better” philosophy to life through integrated media programs that deliver added value and enhance customer experiences.

Having launched Walmart’s social media efforts, Wanda’s team now leads several programs to broaden this reach. She was instrumental in launching the Walmart Corporate Facebook page in October 2009 which now has over 34M fans as well as 4000 individual store pages. Her team runs social programs in Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube as well as the Walmart Moms blogger program.

Prior to joining Walmart, Wanda was the director of interactive marketing/online customer experience at Alltel Wireless, which was the fifth-largest wireless company before being acquired by Verizon Wireless in 2008. Wanda served as a corporate marketing web manager for Acxiom Corporation, a data services provider where she spearheaded an award-winning site redesign.

Wanda was named one of Advertising Age’s “Women to Watch” in 2009. Wanda is on the board of the Mobile Marketing Association.

Wanda resides in Bentonville, AR with her husband and two daughters.

Join AWNY at the 8th Annual Changing The Game Awards on Wednesday, April 23rd as we honor Wanda Young in the Quantum Leap category. Register today!