Cheers to a making LA the happiest place to work!
These opening remarks from HappyCity LA’s Mika Kim accurately reflect the general tenor of the attendees at the First Annual MakeChange Awards. Hosted at the beautiful California Endowment in Downtown LA, over 250 representatives from social enterprises & nonprofits, friends, volunteers and allies in happiness and innovation gathered to celebrate the people and places that are quite literally making Los Angeles the happiest place to work. We wanted to continue the celebration by sharing a little bit about the event and its award recipients!
The MakeChange Awards is the brainchild of Mika Kim, who among many things is the Founder and President of the nonprofit, HappyCity LA. Mika recruited the Social Enterprise Alliance LA, Conscious Capitalism LA and Net Impact LA (all formative local leaders in social and environmental change) to co-host the event. Each organization selected the nominees and a winner for the award category it was responsible for. By day’s end, there were six winners in six different categories. Here’s a list of the award categories and the winners:
- Social Enterprise Of The Year: The Giving Keys
- Impact Of The Year: Ethio Diaspora Fellows
- Innovation Of The Year: Groceryship
- [HAPPY] Place To Work For Of The Year: Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, Greater Los Angeles
- Conscious Leadership Of The Year: LA Food Kitchen
- People’s Choice Of The Year: Ethio Diaspora Fellows
In addition to the awards, the Sustainable Business Council of Los Angeles presented Dr. Chito Cajayon, Vice Chancellor of the Los Angeles Community College District’s Economic & Workforce Development, as the day’s keynote speaker. Dr. Chito inspired the crowd with his message of vitality through collaboration and support. The event also featured a musical performance by the critically acclaimed Lili Haydn. An activist in her own right, Ms. Haydn stunned the crowd with the performance of her own compositions including “Here Is the Rose” – an anthem for social justice and women’s rights. You can also check out updates and find more pictures from the event using these hashtags on your social media accounts: #MakeChange #DoGood #DidGood
Bummed you missed out on this year’s event? No worries – The team responsible for the MakeChange Awards wants to make this an annual affair! Follow the MakeChange Awards facebook page @ https://goo.gl/qj9yY4 for future event info!