When we met Nadya Okamoto for the first time, it was clear that she had a story to tell. Being able to share her story as an advocate gave her a thrill, but it also was trying for her mental health.
She’ll discuss the ways her natural inclination to organize communities for causes drove her to create. She’ll also share the ways that building a movement all while running from trauma ultimately led her to check into rehab.
In her keynote talk from aSweatLife’s #Sweatworking Summit, she shares how the way she looks at menstruation and period poverty was also shaped by her own experience of housing insecurity.
You’ll hear her speak about what led to founding 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, most notably removing the shame from the experience.