Nadya Okamoto is a social entrepreneur, activist, writer, and author of the book, PERIOD POWER. She is known as the founder & executive director of the non-profit organization PERIOD.
Nadya Okamoto is the Executive Director of PERIOD (, an organization she founded at the age of sixteen to provide menstrual hygiene products to those in need. PERIOD is now the largest youth-run NGO in women’s health, and one of the fastest growing in the United States.  In 2017, Nadya ran for office in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Although she did not win, her campaign made historic waves in mobilizing young people both on the ground and at the polls. Nadya’s debut book, Period Power: A Manifesto for the Menstrual Movement, made the Kirkus Reviews list for Best Young Adult Nonfiction of 2018. Earlier this year she made InStyle Magazine’s The Badass 50: Meet the Women Who Are Changing the World list along with Michelle Obama and Ariana Grande. Today Nadya is also the Chief Brand Officer of JUV Consulting, a Generation Z marketing agency based in New York City. Keep in touch with Nadya on Instagram: In this episode Nadya and I discuss: Why receiving a lifetime achievement award made her feel inadequate How she stays true to herself while in the media spotlight How she handled pushback from family, peers and trolls during her city council campaign How Nadya found success in a political campaign that she ended up losing What Nadya does to avoid spiraling into self-doubt and getting lost in negative thoughts How Nadya finds balance through late night workouts and Netflix Resources mentioned Follow the national campaign to repeal the Tampon Tax on Instagram:
Listen in as Vital Voices President, Alyse Nelson, sits down with VVLead Fellow, Founder and Executive Director of PERIOD, Nadya Okamoto. In addition to being a former HERlead Fellow, Nadya recently finished a hard fought, historic campaign for Cambridge, MA City Council. (2017)        
We talk with Nadya Okamoto, who founded a nonprofit organization when as a Portland high school student. Period distributes menstrual products to women experiencing homelessness. We hear from Okamoto about how her work has evolved into the policy world and how she balances Period with her course load at Harvard.
In this episode, Founder and Executive Director of PERIOD, Nadya Okamoto is sharing all about PERIOD and the key reasons that menstruation is one of the foundational issues in the fight for general equality. She's talking about how her own personal experiences with housing instability led her to start PERIOD, how starting a movement at any age all comes down to passion, and why men need to be just as invested in the conversations around periods. 000000F5 000000F3 00006663 00005F0C 001CD968 001CD968 00007EC3 00007DF5 00005A82 00005A82
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Feb 11th, 1998
New York, NY, USA
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1 hour, 41 minutes
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