About the DvF Awards

The DVF Awards – Honoring Extraordinary Women

This year marks the sixth anniversary of the DVF Awards. The DVF Awards were created in 2010 by Diane von Furstenberg and the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation to honor and support extraordinary women who have had the courage to fight, the power to survive and the leadership to inspire. Women who have transformed the lives of others through their commitment, resources and visibility.

Two awards are given to women working within the Vital Voices network who, against the odds, are promoting tolerance and advancing the status of women in their respective countries. The People's Voice Award is chosen by popular vote from four nominees based in the United States. Voting is open to the public and the award is granted to the woman who receives the most votes. The Inspiration Award is given to a woman who has demonstrated exceptional strength, and is using her experience and influence to effect positive change. The Lifetime Leadership Award is given to an individual who has dedicated her entire life and body of work to instilling leadership, strength and courage in other women.

Each honoree will receive $50,000 from the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation to further her work at the organization with which she is affiliated, and will be recognized at an awards ceremony on Thursday, April 23 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on the occasion of the Women in the World conference

  • Two awards for women in
    the Vital Voices network
  • The People’s Voice Award
  • The Inspiration Award
  • The Lifetime Leadership Award

Meet the other nominees

Founder and Executive Director

Girls Write Now


“I made it my mission to break down the myth of the isolated writer and to build an organization based on the guiding principle that writing is actually a communal enterprise.”

Founded seventeen years ago by Maya Nussbaum, Girls Write Now is New York's first and only writing and mentoring organization for girls, and has been distinguished by the White House as one of the nation's top after school programs.

Girls Write Now is a community of women writers and digital media makers dedicated to providing the guidance, support and opportunities for underserved high school girls to develop their creative, independent voices, and write their way to a better future. The girls—90% high need and 90% girls of color—have performed at Lincoln Center and the United Nations, published original work in Newsweek, ELLE India, and the organization’s award-winning anthology, and earned hundreds of prestigious Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. 100% of seniors in the program go on to college. Maya has been named one of the Top 40 Feminists under 40 by The Feminist Press, a Local Hero by Metro New York, and an Education Hero by The New York Times.

Meet the other nominees


The Adventure Project


“People all over the world want the same things: the opportunity to care for their families, send their kids to school, and lead healthy lives. Aid is always appreciated, but a job has the power to move an entire family out of poverty forever.”

Becky Straw is Co-Founder and CEO of The Adventure Project, which supports “ventures” that “add” something positive to the world by creating jobs that directly benefit communities in developing countries.

After years working in international aid, consulting for UNICEF and helping to launch charity: water, Becky was burdened with the overwhelming reality of abject poverty. She became determined to empower people with the tools and education to become entrepreneurs and serve their own communities with improved health, decreased hunger, a safer environment and clean water. She joined forces with Jody Landers to launch The Adventure Project with the knowledge that people want the opportunity to thrive - not with a handout, but through dignified work.

In four years, with only three full-time employees and a dozen passionate interns, the organization has employed 745 entrepreneurs in India, Haiti, Kenya, and Uganda, which include well mechanics, healthcare workers, farmers and stove masons. Together they serve over one million people each day.

When Jody Landers and her husband adopted their two youngest children from Sierra Leone, the experience opened their eyes, broke their hearts and confirmed the desire to see a world where the adoption of orphans is not necessary.

From a tiny town in Iowa, with her laptop and a lot of passion, Jody helped launch The Adventure Project with a mission of getting likeminded, compassionate people involved. Jody knows there are millions of people just like her - eager to help, if they just knew how. To date, she has helped to rally over 5,000 grassroots supporters, raising over $1.3 million in small donations. Jody is the proud mother to six children and the recipient of the 2008 Hallmark Channel’s Remarkable Woman of the Year Award.

Meet the other nominees

Founder and CEO

Crisis Text Line


“'He won't stop raping me. Its my dad. He told me not to tell anyone? R u there?' That’s a real text message we received. That’s why I started Crisis Text Line. To give free 24/7 support to this girl...and millions like her.”

At the age of 23, Nancy Lublin turned a $5,000 inheritance into Dress for Success, which helps women transition from welfare to work in 10 countries. She is now CEO of DoSomething.org, the largest organization for young people and social change with over 3.4 million members. When teenagers started responding to DoSomething.org texts with cries for help, Nancy founded Crisis Text Line, a free nationwide 24/7 text line, in 2013. The service handles 15,000 messages a day to support teens in crisis—whether it’s bullying, suicidal thoughts or sexual abuse—via text, a medium they know and trust. Nancy has been recognized on the “Top 50 Power and Influence” list by the NonProfit Times four times, and was named 2014 Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the World Economic Forum.

Meet the other nominees


Kate’s Club


“Experiencing grief as a child can be extremely isolating. When my mother died the only people I knew whose moms had died were Cinderella and Snow White. Kate’s Club is not a club anyone wants to belong to, but it brings us hope to know that because it is here,
no child grieves alone.”

Kate Atwood lost her mother to breast cancer when she was just 12 years old. Twelve years later, she founded Kate’s Club, a nationally acclaimed Atlanta-based nonprofit empowering children and teens facing life after the death of a parent or sibling. Like most children who experience such a devastating loss, Kate received no formal support as she faced her teen and young adult years. As a college student, Kate talked about her mom for the first time in several years. Her audience: a group of grieving children and teens who, just like her, were facing a new life after losing a parent. This experience inspired her to create an organization providing year-round social and therapeutic support for grieving children. What started with six kids at a bowling alley in 2003 has now grown into an organization serving hundreds of children and their families.


DvF Awards Past Honorees

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