Veronika Scott is the founder and chief executive officer of The Empowerment Plan. Scott built an organization around a simple product: a coat that transforms into a sleeping bag for the homeless. That idea evolved into a system of empowerment in which homeless parents are paid to learn how to produce the coat, giving them an opportunity to earn money, find a place to live, and gain back their independence.
Scott is the youngest recipient of the John F. Kennedy New Frontier Award from the JFK Library Foundation and Harvard University. She has also received an IDEA Gold Award from the Industrial Design Society of America, the People’s Voice Award from Diane von Furstenberg, is one of Forbes 30 Under 30, and named one of CNN’s 10 Visionary Women. The Empowerment Plan story has been told across the world and shared at events such as the World Summit on
Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Forbes 400 Philanthropy Summit