Free Spirits Nomination Committee

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Nadya Okamoto

Nadya Okamoto, who grew up in Portland, OR, is 21-years-old Harvard student on a leave of absence. She is the Founder and Executive Director of PERIOD (, an organization she founded at the age of 16. PERIOD is now the largest youth-run NGO in women’s health, and one of the fastest growing ones here in the United States. Since 2014 they have addressed over 500,000 periods and registered over 300 campus chapters. In 2017, Nadya ran for office in Cambridge, MA. While she did not win, her campaign team made historic waves in mobilizing young people on the ground and at polls.

Nadya recently published her debut book, Period Power: A Manifesto for the Menstrual Movement with publisher Simon & Schuster, which made the Kirkus Reviews list for Best Young Adult Nonfiction of 2018. Most recently, Nadya has become the Chief Brand Officer of JUV Consulting, a Generation Z marketing agency based in NYC. Most recently Nadya was named to InStyle Magazine’s “The Badass 50: Meet the Women Who Are Changing the World” list, along with Michelle Obama, Ariana Grande, and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. 

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Molly Cameron

Molly Cameron is a professional cyclo-cross racing cyclist who rides for Portland Bicycle Studio. She is the only transgender athlete to compete in a UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup.  

Molly won the 2004 Cross Crusade singlespeed series and has been racing at a pro level ever since. She has competed in cyclo-cross races in the USA and Europe at the elite racer level.

Molly owned Veloshop and Portland Bicycle Studio and now coaches female cyclists across the country.

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Flora Bowley

Flora Bowley is an artist, author, and gentle guide whose soulful approach to the creative process has sparked a new holistic movement in the intuitive art world through her online courses, books, retreats, and unique way of reminding us that we’re all artists. 

Blending over twenty years of professional painting experience with her background as a yoga instructor, healer, free spirit and lifelong seeker, Flora believes creative expression is not only our birthright but also a path to personal healing and empowerment. 

Her first book, Brave Intuitive Paintingprovides a luminous documentation of her innovative approach to painting, while Creative Revolution dives deeper into the transformational potential inherent in this way of creating. Flora’s own vibrant collection of paintings can be found in galleries, shops, and printed on unique products around the world. Flora lives and creates in Portland, OR, and guides creativity retreats around the world. 

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Pamela Neferkara

Pamela Neferkara is a former Nike Vice-President with extensive experience creating innovative consumer strategies to address digital disruption in eCommerce and Brick & Mortar retail across the globe. 

She is a strong coach and mentor of large, diverse, multi-national teams. Her consultancy, Elmira Street & Associates, LLC, provides marketing guidance to both emerging and established companies.