Oprah Winfrey and Me (I was chosen as one of her Supersoul 100!!)

Oprah Winfrey and Me (I was chosen as one of her Supersoul 100!!)






Maya Penn is a 17 year old award-winning eco-designer, artist, philanthropist, activist, entrepreneur, animated filmmaker, coder, illustrator, writer and author of You Got This! She has been featured in countless publications such as Forbes, Huffington Post, Seventeen Magazine, Cosmopolitan, The View, NPR,CNN, TIME, Essence Magazine, CBS This Morning with Gayle King, O Magazine, The Steve Harvey Show, Entrepreneur Magazine, Ebony, Black Enterprise, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, and many, many more. Maya has given three TEDTalks and her latest TEDWomen Talk has gone viral worldwide and with almost 2 million views and growing. She is known as the youngest female to do two back-to-back official TEDTalks. Maya has been chosen by Oprah Winfrey as one of her Supersoul 100 influencers. Google has partnered with Maya to speak to girls about coding and computer science at their Made With Code events. Magic Johnson chose Maya to be featured in his 32 Under 32 article series.


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The Salute to Greatness Dinner 2013!

This past Saturday I had one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I attended the King Center's Salute to Greatness Awards Dinner. This annual event honors the life and legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his family. This year, in addition to the Observance of the 84th birthday celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, and the 27th anniversary of the Martin Luther King Holiday, it was the 50th anniversary of Dr. King's historic "I Have a Dream" speech. I was so inspired and humbled to meet Dr. King's sister, Dr. Christine King Farris, and Dr. King's daughter, Dr. Bernice A. King.

 One of the nights' honorees was Professor Muhammad Yunus. Professor Yunus is the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner and is known as the "Father of Microcredit" and "Banker to the Poor". He is one of seven people in the world to have won the Nobel Peace Prize, the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom and the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal. He is also the recipient of hundreds of national and international awards. Professor Yunus's vision is the total eradication of poverty from the world. As I talked with Professor Yunus, he told me that he loved what I was doing with my company by giving back to the community and those in need. I was truly humbled to meet him. Just being in the room with so many inspiring and world changing individuals made me feel ready to do more, work harder, to make a difference in the world.

Me and Nobel Prize Winner Professor Muhammad Yunus

Me and Alec Loorz

I was also super excited to meet one of the Coretta Scott King Angel Award winners, Alec Loorz, Founder of Kids vs. Global Warming. The other Angel award winner was Jay E. Roberson Jr, city councilman Dist 7 for the "100 Days of Nonviolence" Birmingham Campaign.

What a night!

I would like to thank my wonderful friend and the Dinner's Co-Chair, Laura Turner Seydel ( Captain Planet Foundation) for always being AWESOME. :)


Me and the lovely Dr. Bernice A. King

Me and Monica Pearson- A wonderful and beautiful lady
Me and Ingrid Saunders Jones (left) (Senior Vice President, Global Community Connections The Coca Cola Company) and Helen Smith Price of Coca Cola. These ladies are elegant and beautiful. :)

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