This past month the fourth annual Rad Awards were held at the Kimpton Hotel Palomar in honor of some of Philadelphia’s most paramount thinkers and innovators who strive to make a difference in business, tech, media, philanthropy and the arts. The celebration honored nominees in categories like “Non-Profit of the Year,” “Entrepreneur of the Year” and even “Storyteller of the Year”.
Most importantly, the Rad Girls Awards was about collaboration. By celebrating women across the gender spectrum Rad Girls take big steps towards inclusivity and diversity in this city. The night was a true testament to Philadelphia’s neighborhoods and communities empowered by celebrating their ranges in age, sexual identity, race, and ethnicity of spirited women who achieve, innovate, and inspire.
Equal parts job fair, showcase, market, and conference, the inaugural Rad Fest is held before the Awards night and brings together women-led businesses and speakers for a day of networking, learning, and celebration in honor of Women’s History Month. The Philly Home Girls Britt McLaughlin and Tara Gore from Movement Mortgage attended as a business and for an opportunity to meet other innovative businesses and Makers in the area.
The Philly Home Girls Jeanne Whipple, Britt McLaughlin, Gemma Schaefer and Tara Gore from Movement Mortgage all attended this year’s Monday night awards ceremony and although the Celtics did beat the Sixers, the night was magical for the winners and attendees. We checked in with them to see what we missed and why the night was so special:
I originally attended The Rad Girls Awards in support of one of my most favorite people and accountability partner, Kristin Dudley when she was nominated as a storyteller of the year for the 2017 Rad Awards. This year I was excited to meet Danielle Cohn, Director of Entrepreneurial Engagement at Comcast and 2016 Rad Girl of the Year winner.
Showing support for industrious, smart, entrepreneurial local Philadelphians by dressing up and cheering is one of my favorite activities. These ladies are inspiring, they’re making me think of way’s the Philly Home Girls can make even more of a difference for our fellow Philadelphians, so it was important for me to attend the ceremony.
Other than the Rad Awards I’m a 10KSB alum so I have a great network of strong women who also graduated from the mini MBA program. When given the option, we always frequent and support local women-owned and Managed businesses in Philadelphia like Grace and Glory Yoga, Ocassionette, Minnow Lane, Barnette Faire, and Fette Sau.
The awards ceremony has re-inspired me. For a long time, I’ve been fantasizing about a homeownership education program for underserved communities. It’s on the list! Overall the vibe of the night was very positive. Attendees were talking to each other and happy to be seen at the event. The fact that It was hosted in conjunction with Philly Tech Week added a little extra flair and included people who came into town for additional innovative and positive reasons.
I was thrilled to be apart of the Rad Girls Awards this year. I had heard from Britt how much fun the event itself was and any night I get to dress up and meet boss women is a good night for me. I know from managing The Philly Home Girls Instagram that a lot of attendees were also our amazing clients or Makers. I popped on my new Fenty lip stunna and was ready for my first Rad Girls event.
DJ Yolo Ono or Marissa Le was fantastic. She filled the room with energy and music, as a result, it was absolutely packed when the awards started. During our live social media for the night I saw through my lens Kim Lincon creator and founder of Lynx and Co. Kim is a stellar Graphic Designer and business owner, I had the pleasure of knowing her from previous work. The awards started soon after and the room was too packed to reach her to say hello.
It was fun, however, to see the Rad Girls photographer get an awesome shot of her. I wouldn't be surprised to see her as a nominee or winner next year.
Overall, the event was inspiring. The drinks, company, and spirit of innovation were great and I would highly recommend attending next year. I was told by multiple repeat attendees that the fashion alone was worth going for, I can 100% say the looks Rad Girls were serving did not disappoint.
I was first introduced to Rad Girls though my former career in Software. Rad Girls was one of the few organizations who was acknowledging and honoring women in the tech industry, which historically isn’t the case. After I attended the first year I was hooked. They introduced me to so many other amazing women in varied industries and visions, it was humbling to experience their passion and drive and to hear their “why?".
This year I met Anna a young entrepreneur at the first Rad Women’s Expo. She was nominated this year so we got to reconnect at the awards as well. Anna is inspiring, she is a young woman with a drive and a passion that most people don’t find until later in life, or ever. She started her own company Little Bags Big Impact and donates a $1 from every bag she makes and sells which equates to 1 book for children. Stay tuned to our blog for her upcoming Maker story!
It was important for me to be at the Rad Girls Awards so I could be apart of honoring women who are not only fierce in their industries but in life …also in fashion. The looks the Rad Girls were brought to the awards ceremony were amazing!
We would like to thank the Rad Girls sponsors for making one of our favorite nights of the year a seamless success: The Kimpton Hotel Palomar, Comcast NBCUniversal LIFT Labs, Temple University Alumni Association, Cashman and Associates, Inbetween Rivers, and Stateside Urban Craft Vodka. Visit rad-girls.com for a full list of winners and recap from Rad Girls Awards Ceremony. We hope to see you next year!