Scarcity was a reality for Celeste Mergens growing up in poverty, sometimes without food and water. Then she rose to financial success in her life, overcoming all those obstacles and enjoying material prosperity and a life she loved. She thought she had made it, but life had other plans and brought her to Kenya where she saw how she could use her knowledge to elevate girls experiencing poverty all around the world.
Now Celeste is the CEO and Founder of Days for Girls, a 501c3 non-profit organization that won the SEED award for gender equity and entrepreneurship; was named as a ‘Next Ten’ Organization poised to change the world in the next decade by the Huffington Post; and is two-time Girl Effect Champion. By providing sustainable solutions for girls’ monthly cycles, Days for Girls shatters the stigma around menstruation and addresses the roots of gender inequity to elevate girls.
Watch this episode with an amazing woman speaker who has been featured in Oprah’s O Magazine and Forbes, and is in the trenches elevating girls all around the world.
LISTEN: The Days for Girls Podcast, “Period Poverty, Gender Equality & Resilience with DfG Founder Celeste Mergens”
More About Celeste Mergens
Celeste Mergens is the founder and CEO of Days for Girls. She has led the organization since its beginning in 2008, driven by twenty years of nonprofit and business management experience. She holds a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing and Literature and audited a second in Global Sustainable Development. Her “can do” team-building approach has inspired thousands of volunteers and social enterprises worldwide.
Under Celeste’s stewardship, Days for Girls has won the SEED award for gender equity and entrepreneurship; was named as a ‘Next Ten’ Organization poised to change the world in the next decade by the Huffington Post; and is two-time Girl Effect Champion.
Celeste is a sought-after speaker who has been featured in Oprah’s O Magazine and Forbes, among other top-tier publications. She was recently named an AARP Purpose Prize Award winner, a Conscious Company Global Impact Entrepreneur of the year and Women Economic Forum’s Woman of the Decade. She loves being with her family when not traveling the globe. She is married to her best friend, Don Mergens. Their family includes 11 phenomenal children (five by marriage), 15 grandchildren, four foster children, and four foreign exchange students – plus many beloved friends who have become family all around the world.
To learn more about Celeste, listen to Episode 16 of The Days for Girls Podcast, “Period Poverty, Gender Equality & Resilience with DfG Founder Celeste Mergens.” https://www.daysforgirls.org/podcast/016/
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