2017 YP Award Winner: Winnie Karanja

Awarded - IMPACT Award 2017

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Winnie Karanja is the founder and executive director of Maydm, a Madison-based organization that encourages and aids young people—especially young women of color—in learning skills used in STEM fields, particularly coding and computer programming. Maydm’s core mission is to diversify the technology sector by providing interactive training and instilling confidence in youth to become the next generation of innovators. In 2016 Maydm worked with 194 students, 66 percent of them were young women.

See what Winnie has been up to: 

BRAVA 2017: Women to watch

Cap Times: Workshop looks to bring kids and parents together for STEM activities

Madison Magazine: Life as a 20-something in Madison

Cap Times: Winnie Karanja: Join us in giving girls and students of color a leg up in computer skills

The IMPACT award is given to the Wisconsin Young Professional who is constantly working to elevate the professional development opportunities for other YPs in the community.

  • This award is given to the Wisconsin Young Professional who exemplifies the qualities of professional networking.

  • The individual clearly serves as a role model for young professionals.

  • The individual is an emerging leader who demonstrates excellence, creativity and initiative in his/her business or profession.

  • The individual is well-known in the community and could be considered a ‘connector’ among their peers.

  • Individual displays a passion and dedication to networking

Nominations for our 2018 awards have opened! Nominate 2018's class of emerging leaders today.