Dec. 16, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- The
National Center for Human and Civil Rights
has awarded the Porsche Driving Force Youth Award to
, the 16-year-old co-founder of
, an international consumer goods company.
has been honored for her work in entrepreneurship to address issues facing women and young people. She is the founder of
The BLAMtastic® Legacy Foundation
, which offers entrepreneurial education and support to women and young entrepreneurs. The non-profit foundation has recently created the M2E2 Extreme Entrepreneurship Business Accelerator for women and young entrepreneurs. It is the first of its kind in the country.
serves on the board of Independent Youth and volunteers with many youth advocacy organizations such as Kingonomics Sprout.UP. She travels the country as an expert speaker on the issues of entrepreneurship and empowerment for young people.
is a two-time keynote speaker for TEDtalks.
In 2007-2008, then "tween" entrepreneurs, 10 and 9 year-old
Lily and Melanie Sandler
, started BLAMtastic® on a challenge by their mother, Renee, as a lesson in empowerment. Now, years later, BLAMtastic®'s popular natural based American made products are available online at
and in many thousands of retail outlets across
the United States
in retailers include Walmart, Toys R US, Learning Express, Baby Depot and Dunham's. BLAMtastic® products are also distributed in
and soon throughout South America. The Sandler family has been named one of the 10 most impressive families in America by Disney's babble.com.
About the Center:
The National Center for Civil and Human Rights is a cultural institution coming to
in spring of 2014. The Center provides exhibitions, designated event spaces, a broadcast studio, and educational forums that share the courageous fight of all people to secure equality for African Americans in the modern American Civil Rights Movement, and its fundamental impact and inspiration on contemporary movements to for human rights globally. The Center will be the only public place in the world displaying the
Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr.
Collection (King Papers). Visitors will be immersed in an interactive story-telling experience in each exhibit. The facilities will also serve as a hub for ongoing dialogue — attracting world-renowned speakers and artists well-informed on a variety of civil and human rights topics. For more information, visit
About Porsche Cars North America:
Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA), based in
is the exclusive U.S. importer of Porsche sports cars. Established in 1984, it is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Porsche AG, which is headquartered in
, and employs approximately 220 people who provide parts, service, marketing and training for 189 dealers. They, in turn, work to provide Porsche customers with a best-in-class experience that is in keeping with the brand's 63-year history and leadership in the advancement of vehicle performance, safety and efficiency.
Video with caption: "A BLAMtastic® Story. Everyone has a story. This is ours. When
read in The Wall Street Journal that only 12 women were leading The Fortune 500 she took action to empower her own two daughters. She challenged them to start a business of their own. They created BLAMtastic® and turned it into an international phenomenon. Their success landed The Sandler Family on the 10 Most Impressive Families in America list by Disney's Babble.com." Video available at:
Image with caption: "
, co-founder of BLAMtastic, LLC and The BLAMtastic Legacy Foundation receives 2013 Porsche Driving Force Youth Award awarded by The National Center for Human and Civil Rights.
started her business, BLAMtastic, on the challenge of her mother,
. The challenge was sparked after Renee read in The Wall Street Journal that only 12 women were leading The Fortune 500. Lily and her sister, Melanie, started BLAMtastic and created an international phenomenon. Their success landed them on The Most Impressive Families in America list by Disney's Babble.com." Image available at: