2014 Speaker: Veronika Scott

Veronika ScottVeronika Scott, is founder of The Empowerment Plan, an organization she began as a 20-year-old product design
student. Her organization is based in the city of Detroit
and centers around construction of a coat that transforms
into a sleeping bag at night, and a bag when not in use. The Empowerment Plan employs a group of homeless women to produce the coats for those living on the streets.

Ms. Scott will also be receiving an honorary doctorate.

Scott recently was named to receive the The People's Voice Award, chosen by the public as someone who is trying to better her community, as part of the annual DVF Awards. 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.

Scott was born to parents that struggled with unemployment, mental health issues, and addiction. "Growing up with addicts for parents, everyone treated me as if I was just an extension of them," she says. "I spent my childhood trying to prove to people that I had value and that I was worth investing in. Every woman we hire at The Empowerment Plan has experienced so much in her life and yearns for the chance to be given a clean slate and to have someone see them for the amazing, talented, and valuable person that they are."