Nadya Okamoto

Project/Organization
The Period Company
Role
FounderCofounderInvestor or Funder
💫 Your brief bio
Nadya Okamoto is a 22-year-old Harvard student. She is the Founder of PERIOD (period.org), an organization fighting to end period poverty and stigma that she founded at the age of 16. Under her leadership as Executive Director for five years, PERIOD addressed over 1.5 million periods and registered over 800 campus chapters in all 50 states and 50 other countries. In 2017, Nadya ran for public office in Cambridge, MA at age 19 — at the time, becoming the youngest Asian American to run. In 2018, Nadya published her debut book, Period Power: A Manifesto for the Menstrual Movement with publisher Simon & Schuster, which made the Kirkus Reviews list for Best Young Adult Nonfiction of 2018. Nadya is also the former Chief Brand Officer and current Board Member of JUV Consulting, a Generation Z marketing agency based in NYC. She is included in the latest cohorts of Forbes 30 under 30, Bloomberg 50 “Ones to Watch”, People Magazine's Women Changing the World, and InStyle Magazine’s 2018 The Badass 50.
Stage
Early StagePre-Development
Location
Princeton, NJ, USA
Timezone
Eastern Standard Time GMT-5:00
😁 Fun fact
I love to crochet!!
E2C Vision
I am still wanting to learn as much as possible about E2C, and explore examples of how this has been done successfully before.
Community description
there are over 30 million gen z menstruators in the us right now - and they are not being marketed to or reached, and don't feel connected to any existing period brand.
Motivation
We are extremely determined to prioritize community building throughout our brand building and also for the purpose of CHANGING CULTURE around periods. This, coupled with our dream to reimagine capitalism through our business, is why I am so fascinated and inspired by the E2C model right now.
Status
Featured
Time in operation
3-6 months
Commitment
I want to learn all about E2C -- the philosophy behind it, examples, and why they have or have not worked.
E2C journey so far
I love E2C in theory, but am not feeling confident by seeing examples of this being done at a bigger scale -- and while that is exciting, it does feel rather unknown.
E2C journey ahead
Whether or not E2C is the right move, or if we become a social enterprise that only takes values aligned funding.