The Simone Awards celebrate and support women committed to making a difference in the world around them. Started in 2018 by Famille Carabello-Baum and Château de Pommard, the awards are open to any women-run cause in any country or sector around the world, focused on positive outcomes. Candidates are nominated by the community, and winners are selected each January by the Simone Awards Board. Selection criteria include the uniqueness, reach, and impact of each cause. Recipients are featured in our Simone campaign reaching an audience of more than 100,000 global consumers and influencers in more than 80 countries. 10% of the annual profits from the sale of Simone, Château de Pommard’s top cuvée, are donated to the winner’s causes.
Our blue planet may be divided by continents, but it is united by oceans. I Am Water’s mission is to ignite a movement of blue minds across the planet, to facilitate physical and emotional connections to the aquatic environment, to build an understanding of the interdependence of healthy humans and healthy oceans and to influence behaviors to protect our global seas.
The foundation provides opportunities to engage and educate ocean-users in order to understand their personal opportunity to protect the planet. Hanli Prinsloo, South African freediving champion and conservationist, feels especially passionate about working with underprivileged coastal communities where, despite living walking distance to the shoreline, she finds many young people who have never seen the world just beneath the waves.
Since 2010, Hanli and her team have safely introduced 1,300+ youth from disadvantaged coastal communities to their local ocean ecosystems, catalyzing an emotional connection.
Raison d’art is a non-profit organization that is tapping into the artist in each of us to provide a medium for communication, intervention, and violence prevention. Cutting-edge technology is utilized to bring people together and create large-scale, collaborative works impacting the very core of how we interact as humans.
Nathalie Hazan is a psychotherapist, social entrepreneur and artist. Her love for art and her commitment to societal change have taken her to France, Switzerland, Israel, Hong Kong and the United States executing collaborative works of art to facilitate conflict resolution and violence prevention. By tapping our cerativity, art creates human connections and interactions that can become the driving forces of change. Participants find positive progress towards sustainable change.
Nathalie is especially passionate about inner-city schools, and more than 30 elementary, schools, high schools and universities have benefitted from more open communication through Raison d’Art.
Stori Oates believes the diversity and energy of young minds is the solution to many of our pressing global problems. Her high school level research collaborative in Marin County, CA enables high school students to identify their particular skills and interests and then to partner with the larger scientific community to pursue a research project of their own design with the goal of publishing their research in industry scientific journals.
Students generate a novel research question, conduct a rigorous literature review, collaborate with content-area experts, develop hypotheses, collect and analyze data, and learn how to publicly present, as well as, publish their work. Connecting with the local scientific community makes it possible for students to develop the professional skills necessary for a successful scientific career.
Stori’s young researchers have published studies on the application of the nano-carbon material graphene in super capacitors, the implications of sea level rise on vulnerable assets and potential adaptations, and an analysis of different protein sources available to yellow mealworms during biodegradation of polystyrene to increase lifespan and consumption rates. Wow!