Annie Warshaw, 2016 Pioneer Impact Award
The Pioneer Impact Award recognizes a trailblazing young leader under the age of 30 whose work is already impacting women and girls and shows great promise for the future.
After experiencing abuse from age 4 to 10, Annie established her life’s purpose: to make the world a safer, kinder place for girls. At age eight, she wrote a letter to then-president Bill Clinton, asking why there had never been a female president. From there, Annie studied women’s history and ultimately earned a master’s in the field. While in undergraduate and graduate school, Annie led and organized several women’s rights organizations including Voices for Planned Parenthood and NOW University of Central Florida. While in graduate school she worked for the National Council of Jewish Women Chicago Northshore Section.
In 2013, Annie created and launched Mission Propelle (formerly Smarty Pants Yoga). The mission of the organization is to empower elementary-age girls to know who they are, what they believe, and how to advocate for themselves. Since inception, Mission Propelle has empowered over 2,000 girls, distributed over 12,000 books and serviced 65 partners throughout the city and suburbs. In 2015, Mission Propelle won the Points of Light Civic Accelerator financial prize and took home the People’s Choice Award for Best Pitch.
Beyond the workday, Annie serves on the Young Women’s Giving Council Chicago Foundation for Women and Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship E-Council.
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