Nadya Okamoto on Entrepreneurship, Public Service, and More

We’re reliving the highlights of the #Sweatworking Summit and loving every minute. In this keynote speech from Nadya Okamoto, she shares the story of how she became “rather obsessed with menstruation” and followed that passion into a life of entrepreneurship and serving the public.

Nadya Okamoto just turned 23, and with so much social enterprise under her belt, we’re proud to simply say her name. She founded Period Inc in 2014 as a high schooler to help distribute menstrual hygiene products and to help end a state imposed tax on menstrual products – or, the period tax. She published her book Period Power: A Manifesto for the Menstrual Movement in 2018. And this year, she co-founded a company built around changing the period experience, August. She is currently a senior at Harvard University.

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About Kristen Geil

A native of Lexington, Kentucky, Kristen moved to Chicago in 2011 and received her MA in Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse from DePaul while trying to maintain her southern accent. Kristen grew up playing sports, and since moving to Chicago, she’s fallen in love with the lakefront running path and the lively group fitness scene. Now, as a currently retired marathoner and sweat junkie, you can usually find her trying new workouts around the city and meticulously crafting Instagram-friendly smoothie bowls. Kristen came on to A Sweat Life full-time in 2018 as Editor-in-Chief, and she spends her days managing writers, building content strategy, and fighting for the Oxford comma.