Diane Von Furstenberg Announces the Nominees for the People’s Voice Award for The DVF Awards

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Second Annual Award Honors an American Woman Chosen on by the Public Vote

Diane von Furstenberg today announces the nominees for the second annual People’s Voice Awards. The People’s Voice Award is one of the DVF Awards that aims to recognize an American women whose courage, vision, leadership and commitment to producing positive change is helping other women.

“Last year’s People’s Voice Awards was a success,” says von Furstenberg, “over 10,000 people voted online for the woman who inspired them! This year, we are proud to have equally amazing women join us and reward them for their dedication to advancing women.”

The DVF Awards Board of Advisors has selected five nominees to be considered for the People’s Voice Award – Zeynab Eyega (Sauti Yetu Center for African Women), Lyn Pentacost (Lower East Side Girl’s Club), Taryn Davis (The American Widow Project), Susannah Shakow (Running Start), and Malika Saada Saar (The Rebecca Project). The nominees will be presented online for public vote at http://www.dvf.com and http://www.facebook.com/dvf. Voting will launch online on Monday, January 31st and last through Monday, February 15th.

Supported by The Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation, the People’s Voice Award aims to provide the recipient with the exposure and resources needed to extend her critical efforts on behalf of women’s causes. The winner will receive a $50,000 award from the Foundation to sustain and expand their extraordinary contributions. The People’s Voice Award winner will be announce at the DVF Awards on March 11th, 2011 at a ceremony hosted by Diane von Furstenberg and Tina Brown on the closing night of The Daily Beast’s Women in the World Summit at the United Nations.

About Diane von Furstenberg
DIANE von FURSTENBERG, one of the premier names in American fashion, was founded in 1972 by the designer. Renowned for its iconic wrap dress and signature prints, DVF has grown into the global luxury lifestyle brand it is today. Its distinctive collections are sold in over 71 countries and in 40 namesake retail boutiques worldwide. A firm believer in the infinite power of women, Diane von Furstenberg sits on the board of Vital Voices and has organized initiatives worldwide to support their activities, including the Artisan Handbag Design Competition, the Wonder Woman Comic, and the Proud to be Woman campaign. In addition to DVF’s commitment to women’s empowerment, Diane is a supporter of the Friends of the High Line and played an integral role in the redevelopment of the elevated rail tracks into a public park. As President of the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America), Diane is an advocate for American fashion and a mentor to its growing community of designers.

About Vital Voices Global Partnership
Vital Voices Global Partnership is a leading non-governmental organization (NGO) that identifies, trains, and empowers emerging women leaders and social entrepreneurs around the globe, enabling them through their networks to create a better world for us all. Vital Voices provides these women with the capacity, connections, and credibility they need to unlock their potential. Vital Voices international staff and team of over 1,000 partners, pro bono experts and leaders have trained and mentored more than 10,000 emerging women leaders from over 150 countries since 1997.


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