Miki Agrawal of WILD, Radha Agrawal of Super Sprowtz and Kym and Alexis McClay of NAVEN Accept the Joseph Lister Prize, Presented by Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, for THINX
The latest undertaking of entrepreneurial twins Radha and Miki Agrawal is THINX, a sustainable way for the 2 billion women around the world to live more comfortably without worrying about their “time of the month.” The twins and their co-founder, Antonia Dunbar, developed a new high-tech pair of underwear that is stain and leak-resistant and is also beautiful, breathable, and comfortable. While traveling through India and Africa, they discovered that millions of women and girls throughout the developing world miss up to 25 percent of work or school because they lack the necessary resources to manage their menstruation. They teamed up with AFRIpads, an organization that creates washable, reusable cloth pads for women in developing countries. For every pair of THINX underwear sold, AFRIpads will manufacture 7 cloth pads for those in need. Buy one, fund seven. They were successfully funded on Kickstarter.
Miki Agrawal is a successful social entrepreneur, keynote speaker and TV personality and restauranteur with clientele ranging from popular celebrities and top ranked universities to million-dollar entrepreneurs. She is the founder of the highly acclaimed farm-to-table pizza restaurant, Slice Perfect (now called WILD), which she opened at age 25 in New York City without any experience in the restaurant business. She has partnered with Zappos.com CEO Tony Hsieh to open the restaurant concept in Las Vegas. Most recently, she published a book entitled “Do Cool Sh*t: Quit Your Day Job, Start Your Own Business and Live Happily Ever After” (Harper Collins, 2013). Radha is also a serial social entrepreneur and keynote speaker having founded several socially conscious companies. She also created Super Sprowtz, a children’s multi-media nutrition education company whose mission is to engage children and inspire them to make better food choices, and launched a nonprofit, Founder’s Farm, to offer affordable nutrition education programming in schools and online. The Agrawals live in New York City.
“Identical twins Kym and Alexis McClay founded NAVEN in 2007 with their father, Wayne McClay. NAVEN is a Los Angeles based ladies contemporary apparel company that is carried in over 600 specialty and department stores and on their website at www.naven.com. Originally from Vancouver, Canada, the twins moved to Los Angeles 13 years ago. While Kym obtained her BA degree from FIDIM, Alexis pursued her interest in marketing and French (both girls are fluent in French) and obtained her degree from Pepperdine in Malibu. The NAVEN lifestyle aspires to empower women with poise, confidence and joy.”