Fueling Innovation, Toyota Awards Grants to Mothers of Invention at Newsweek &
The Daily Beast's Fourth Annual Women in the World Summit
Five Women Leaders Recognized for Fostering Social Good
NEW YORK, April 5, 2013
NEW YORK, April 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Innovation, creativity and courage are
being rewarded at the fourth annual Women in the World Summit. Three Toyota
Driving Solutions grants of $50,000 each were pledged today by Toyota for
women selected as "Mothers of Invention" at the Summit. The $150,000 in
grants were awarded to the recipients who are addressing some of today's most
pressing global problems with ingenuity. Recipients include Kativa M. Shukla,
founder and CEO of Fenugreen; Caitria O' Neill and Morgan O' Neill,
co-founders and chief executives of Recovers.org; and Sejal Hathi and Tara
Roberts, co-founders of girltank.
"It's an honor to return as a sponsor of the Women in the World Summit," said
Julie Hamp, Chief Communications Officer for Toyota in North America, and
summit co-presenter. "Toyota is proud to demonstrate its ongoing commitment to
women by honoring the Mothers of Invention – courageous and innovative leaders
who are making a difference in their communities and the world."
Toyota awarded the Mothers of Invention honorees with $50,000 grants to
recognize the recipients' creativity, drive and determination in fostering
social good while supporting their projects that impact positive change.
Toyota also surprised the Mothers of Invention with an additional $15,000
grant for each of the women to "pay-it-forward" to another innovative
organization or cause of her choice. The "pay-it-forward" grants were
presented so that honorees could help a budding Mother of Invention and
continue to share good ideas and make great things happen in the future.
The Summit, hosted by Newsweek & The Daily Beast Editor-in-Chief Tina Brown,
of which Toyota is the presenting sponsor,was held at the David H. Koch
Theater at New York's Lincoln Center and featured two days of programming and
panels aimed at addressing urgent issues facing girls and women worldwide.
This year's participants included Meryl Streep, former Secretary of State
Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Tina Brown, Dr. Hawa Abdi, Tererai Trent,
Ambassador Susan E. Rice, Eva Longoria, Michaela DePrince, Ambassador Melanne
Verveer, Diane von Furstenberg, Anne Finucane, America Ferrera, Tom Hanks,
Lesley Stahl, Cynthia McFadden, Patricia Amira and many others.
About the Mothers of Invention:
Kavita M. Shukla
Kavita Shukla is the inventor and founder/CEO of Fenugreen, a social
enterprise addressing the major global challenge of food spoilage with a
simple solution: FreshPaper. Shukla developed FreshPaper in high school, after
she discovered its active ingredients in a home remedy given to her by her
grandmother in India. The product allows users to keep produce fresh for up to
four times longer than has so far been possible. Today, FreshPaper is used by
farmers and consumers across the globe, and Fenugreen is establishing
initiatives to benefit local food banks in the U.S. and small-scale farmers in
the developing world.
Caitria and Morgan O'Neill
Founders of Recovers.org
After a tornado destroyed their Massachusetts home, the O'Neill sisters
created an online organizing platform to help disaster-stricken communities
quickly launch recovery efforts. In the immediate aftermath of a disaster, the
Recovers.org toolkit helps communities match local resources with local needs
using features such as volunteer management tools, donation databases and
information hubs to make disaster response smarter.
Tara Roberts & Sejal Hathis
Founders of girltank.org
Girltank is an online crowd-funding platform that gives women and girls the
opportunity to share their social initiatives with the world, and offers
donors and investors an easy way to find and support these projects.Girltank
provides a much-needed infrastructure for girls starting promising projects
and helps them sustain their work and gain visibility as real innovators. Thus
far, girltank has mobilized approximately 1,500 women change-makers from 104
For more information about the Mothers of Invention and the 2013 Women in the
World Summit, please visit
Toyota (NYSE:TM) established operations in the United States in 1957 and
currently operates 10 manufacturing plants. There are nearly 1,500 Toyota,
Lexus and Scion dealerships in the U.S. which sold more than two million
vehicles in 2012. Toyota directly employs nearly 30,000 in the U.S. and its
investment here is currently valued at more than $18 billion, including sales
and manufacturing operations, research and development, financial services and
design. Toyota's annual purchasing of parts, materials, goods and services
from U.S. suppliers totals more than $23 billion.
For more information about Toyota,
About Women in the World Summit
Newsweek & The Daily Beast's Women in the World Summit is centered on vivid
journalistic storytelling, featuring inspiring women and men from diverse
cultures and backgrounds. From CEOs and world leaders to artists, activists
and firebrand dissidents, the summit tells the stories of the courageous and
intelligent women who are battling the status quo in their countries, picking
up the pieces in the aftermath of war and shattering glass ceilings in every
Contact: Sona Iliffe-Moon, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., (310) 294-7195,
email@example.com; Angela Seits, Saatchi LA for Toyota, (310)
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