We are so thankful to have been able to team up with Threads Worldwide this year to create the Connect for Change Contest to send three emerging women on a life-changing trip to NYC for Emerging Women Live 2014.
The women chosen by our panel of judges stood out for their authenticity, open-heartedness, vulnerability, generosity and determination to empower themselves and others. Be sure to introduce yourself if you see them in NYC - these women are ready to ignite their gifts, and they have plenty of fire to go around!
1. Caryn Antos O'Hara - Grand Prize Winner, All-Expenses-Paid Trip to NYC and EWlive14
She is a shining example of the spirit of Emerging Women, and we are so so pleased to award her with an all-expenses paid trip to #EWlive14.
Don't let the picture of the needle scare you away - YouTube chose the most intimidating frame of the incredibly inspiring video for the thumbnail. For your daily dose of goosebumps (the good kind), watch Caryn's winning Connect for Change video here:
"I promise you that my legacy will be of a woman who was vulnerable, down-to-earth and inspirational - one who looked at cancer in the face, thanked it for the gifts that it gave her to forge ahead, and never looked back."[inline][/inline]
2. Shweta Parmar - Second Prize Winner, Free Ticket to EWlive14
Shweta has a three-step plan to change the world for women, children and families as she emerges, and we are happy to award her with a ticket to #EWlive14 to catalyze that plan!
Want to hear more about her wish to give and receive at #EWlive14? Watch now:
3. Dameda Finney - Third Prize Winner, Free Ticket to EWlive14
In the "355th take" of her video submission for the #Connect4Change contest, Dameda won us over with her authenticity and compassion for others, and we are thrilled to award her with a ticket to #EWlive14.
We love how she even viewed the video-making process as an awesome opportunity for growth. Watch her here:
And for more goosebumpy moments, visit our Facebook page and see the outpouring of support and encouragement that these women received from the EW community at large. We are so grateful for each and every one of you, and can't wait to see you in NYC!