New Generation of MAKERS Revealed; AOL and Simple® Facial Skincare Announce Results of Nationwide Search for Trailblazing Women

  New Generation of MAKERS Revealed; AOL and Simple® Facial Skincare Announce
  Results of Nationwide Search for Trailblazing Women Who Make a Difference

 Six Community Activists and Leaders Honored with $10,000 Grant from Simple®
            and the Opportunity to Tell Their Story on

Business Wire

NEW YORK -- November 13, 2012

AOL in partnership with Simple® facial skincare brand by Unilever, today
announced the winners of a nationwide search for extraordinary women driving
positive change in their communities. The search is an extension of MAKERS, an
unprecedented multiplatform video experience that honors trailblazing women
including Sandra Day O’Connor, Hillary Clinton and Diane Von Furstenberg,
among others.

Dena Simmons, Emily May, Amy Richards, Olivia Joy Stinson, Lydia
Cincore-Templeton, Faith Ringgold, ...

Dena Simmons, Emily May, Amy Richards, Olivia Joy Stinson, Lydia
Cincore-Templeton, Faith Ringgold, Brenda Berkman, Anna Rodriguez, Kathrine
Switzer, Marlo Thomas, Colonel Jill Chambers and Reshma Saujani come together
to recognize women making America as Next MAKERS at a cocktail reception by
MAKERS, a video experience by AOL and PBS, presented by Simple(R).

Recognized as Next MAKERS for their leadership, vision, courage and ingenuity,
Colonel Jill Chambers, Olivia Joy Stinson, Anna Rodriguez, Reshma Saujani,
Emily May and Lydia Cincore-Templeton will join a prestigious group of
groundbreakers that includes Supreme Court Justices, Secretaries of State,
CEOs, athletes, activists and entertainers. Next MAKERS will have the
opportunity to tell their stories in short videos on In addition,
Simple® will award each woman with a $10,000 grant so she can continue to
pursue her dreams and do great work in her community.

“Simple^® facial skincare brand congratulates the Next MAKERS whose
commitment, creativity and hard work are positively impacting our country,
opening doors in their communities and inspiring change now and in the
future,” said Alison Clark, Director, Unilever U.S., Skincare. “Simple® is
proud to support the MAKERS initiative that celebrates women whose
authenticity, ideals and pioneering spirit inspire others every day.”

MAKERS Founder and Executive Producer Dyllan McGee along with her
award-winning filmmaking team will meet with each Next MAKER to capture her
personal story. These inspiring videos will debut on beginning
December 17, 2012.

“The opportunity to meet the Next MAKERS and hear their stories has been
humbling and inspiring,” said Dyllan McGee, the founder of MAKERS. “MAKERS was
built to serve as a living library of incredible stories of groundbreaking
women and the Next MAKERS joining not only embody what a MAKER is; they are a
testament of the importance of everyday heroes, far and wide, who make a
difference in both their local communities and the nation at large.”

“The hundreds of inspiring stories from women I admire on have
moved and motivated me,” said Reshma Saujani, Next MAKER and Founder and CEO
of Girls Who Code. “I am honored to have my name next to theirs, and with the
$10,000 from Simple^® I will continue educating, empowering and equipping
teenage girls with the skills and resources to pursue opportunities in
technology and engineering.”

Next MAKERS is one piece of the evolving collection of women’s stories on, which currently features more than 160 groundbreaking women.
MAKERS will continue to grow, adding new stories to the site on a weekly

“The MAKERS community is inspired by the remarkable and heartfelt nominations
that poured in recognizing exceptional women across the country,” said Maureen
Sullivan, SVP and General Manager, Women's Content and Lifestyle Brands, AOL.
“We’re honored to bring to life through their previously untold
stories that demand to be heard and will inspire the next generation of

As grows and expands its content and community throughout 2012, PBS
will premiere a three-hour special that will extend that audience even
further. The documentary, “MAKERS: Women Who Make America,” will tell the
story of the Women’s Movement over the last half century in February 2013.

About the Next MAKERS

  *Colonel Jill Chambers, Washington DC: Leading advocate for the military’s
    new nationwide strategy to address Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  *Olivia Joy Stinson, North Carolina: Founder of PEN Pals Book Club and
    Support Group for Children of Incarcerated Parents, a non-profit
    organization that she created at the age of 14
  *Anna Rodriguez, Florida: Founder of the Florida Coalition Against Human
  *Reshma Saujani, New York: Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, a non-profit
    that empowers students from low-income communities to use technology to
    become entrepreneurs
  *Emily May, New York: Founder and CEO of Hollaback, a non-profit that
    harnesses the power of information technology to combat street harassment
  *Lydia Cincore-Templeton, California: CEO of Children Youth and Family
    Collaborative in Los Angeles, an organization devoted to improving the
    academic performance of foster youth


Produced by award-winning documentary filmmakers, MAKERS is an unprecedented
multi-platform video experience that aims to capture the extraordinary impact
women have made in America over the past 50 years, through a vast and ongoing
collection of originalinterviews with trailblazing women of all walks of
life. MAKERS is founded by filmmaker Dyllan McGee. Executive Producers are
Dyllan McGee, Betsy West and Peter Kunhardt. The digital platform is developed
by AOL. The 3–hour documentary, “MAKERS: Women Who Make America,” which will
tell the story of the modern American Women’s Movement, is scheduled to debut
on PBS in February 2013 and is produced by Kunhardt McGee Productions,
Storyville Films and WETA Washington, D.C., in association with Ark Media. has grown since its launch and now features stories from more than
160 remarkable women, including Christiane Amanpour, Marissa Mayer, Madeleine
Albright, Diane Von Furstenberg, Danica Patrick, Nichelle Nichols, Hillary
Rodham Clinton, Katie Couric, Ellen DeGeneres, Geraldine Ferraro, Theresa
Kane, Bethany Hamilton, Billie Jean King, Lauren Bush Lauren, Nancy Pelosi,
Shelly Lazarus, Alice Walker, Meg Whitman, Vivian Stringer, Gabrielle
Hamilton, Diane Nash, Sara Ziff, and Eve Ensler.

For more, visit and follow @MAKERSwomen on Twitter and visit on Facebook.

About AOL Inc.

Having helped millions of Americans to get online, AOL Inc. (NYSE: AOL) is on
a mission to inform, entertain and connect the world. The home of a
world-class collection of premium brands, AOL creates original content that
engages audiences on a local and global scale. We help marketers connect with
these audiences through effective and engaging digital advertising solutions.

About Simple® Skincare

Simple®, a Unilever brand, is the first and only line of mass facial skincare
products that is perfect even for sensitive skin. Suitable for all skin types,
Simple has no dyes, artificial perfumes or harsh irritants that can upset your
skin, just our purest possible skin-loving ingredients with added vitamins,
for natural healthy-looking skin. Simple, the UK’s No. 1 Facial Skincare
brand,* launched in the U.S. in February 2012 with 13 products - cleansers,
moisturizers, eye care products and wipes – that are hypoallergenic,
non-comedogenic, pH balanced and gently yet effectively address the needs of
the 58% of women with sensitive skin**. Simple is sold at Walmart, Target,
drug stores and online. To learn more about Simple® skincare products visit

*SymphonyIRI Group UK Non Medicated Facial Skincare Units 52 w/e 10th
September 2011

**Lieberman Research Worldwide, December 2010

For more information on MAKERS please contact; 212.402.4680

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Mandy Albers, 212-652-6394
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