Women That Soar honoree Stacy Snapp-Killian selected Toyota’s Community Outreach Recipient of the Year
Community Outreach Recipient, Stacy Snapp-Killian, and Host for the Women That Soar awards, Entertainment Tonight's Brooke Anderson
VICTORIA, TEXAS – Toyota’s sponsorship of the Women That Soar awards show was announced late last week, after watching the stories of honorees chosen to be a part of the televised event. This marks the first year for a partnership between Toyota and Women That Soar. The goal is for the two brands to expand the partnership and honor women annually during Women's History Month, via the televised awards show.
Women That Soar is a Dallas-based media company founded in 2007 by Gina Grant. The company produces content and events geared toward empowering and inspiring women to soar personally and professionally. The women’s stories chosen to be featured during the 10th annual awards show will air in over 15 major markets and 17 cities beginning in March.
In addition to partnering with Women That Soar, to reach a highly engaged audience of women with the idea-driven message of empowerment, Toyota chose Stacy Snapp-Killian’s story after hearing about her journey of “going new places,” which mirrors their widely-known tag line, “Let’s Go Places.” Snapp-Killian, who is the community outreach awards show honoree, inspired the company with her dedication to advance the world as she unites survivors of sexual abuse, like herself, who are no longer victims of the crime but informative, inspirational individuals.
“In baseball when the ball is hit and you’re running in the back, that’s Stacy. She was running in the backfields. She hit the fence with her back, and she threw that glove up and caught all those hurts and all those pains. She wiped them off, and now she is throwing them back at the world as a survivor, as an overcomer,” said Laura Stehling, Snapp-Killian’s dearest friend.
In 2015, Snapp-Killian successfully trademarked JustUS® as the first and only multimedia company, currently in the world, branding its sexual abuse survivors as heroes. Toyota’s tag line, “Let’s Go Places,” conveys an exciting innovation that enriches people’s lives while on a journey to see new places, and the Women That Soar awards invites viewers to discover new people who dream big dreams and take us places we have never been before. Fueled by this premise, Snapp-Killian’s story of overcoming sexual abuse is fascinating when you see how she approached the truth about her abuse, embraced the challenges and overcame the obstacles her childhood trauma once cost her in her adult life.
“Years ago I would sit in the audience at the Women That Soar awards show and dream of this moment. I am grateful, honored and humbled to join the past recipients who I have long admired and respected,” says Snapp-Killian. “It just goes to prove that when your mind is in the right place, and you open your heart up to all the possibilities that exist in the world around you, you can set yourself free and walk right into your destiny.”
The first broadcast flights for the Women That Soar awards show are scheduled for a March 3 release in Washington, DC and Los Angeles. The next one begins in Dallas-Ft. Worth on Saturday, March 10, and continues every weekend throughout March ending in New York and Miami. This year’s star-studded event will kick off with special performances by Shelia E., Wynonna Judd, En Vogue, Leela James, Ruben Studdard, and many more. The diverse group of honorees from around the world selected to be honored this year for their personal and professional journeys to success are Sheila E., an American percussionist, singer, author and producer; Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences; Angelina Scott-Dunbar, entrepreneur, philanthropist and author; Jan Osborn, executive director for Touch a Life; Carmen Perez, executive director of the Gathering for Justice; Nikky Phinyawatana, creator and owner of Asian Mint Restaurant; Stacy Snapp-Killian, celebrity hairstylist, author and founder of JustUS®; Bonnie Tiburzi, American aviator and first female pilot for American Airlines.
Toyota (NYSE:TM), the world's top automaker and creator of the Prius and the Mirai fuel cell vehicle, is committed to building vehicles for the way people live through our Toyota, Lexus and Scion brands. Over the past 50 years, we’ve built more than 25 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 42,000 people (more than 33,000 in the U.S.). Our 1,800 North American dealerships (1,500 in the U.S.) sold more than 2.67 million cars and trucks (more than 2.35 million in the U.S.) in 2014—and about 80 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 20 years are still on the road today. Toyota partners with philanthropic organizations across the country, with a focus on education, safety and the environment. As part of this commitment, we share the company’s extensive know-how garnered from building great cars and trucks to help community organizations and other nonprofits expand their ability to do good. For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyotanewsroom.com
About Women That Soar
Women That Soar, LLC (WTS) is an effective media platform that allows advertisers and sponsors to tap into the growing female market. Founded by Gina Grant, a seasoned entrepreneur, WTS is built on a solid foundation and reaches women between the ages of 25–55 who are professionals and trendsetters. The concept of Women That Soar is original in that it allows women to share their stories of overcoming obstacles, soaring to success and celebrating their brilliance within! Since its launch in 2007, Women That Soar has grown from producing a black-tie gala to producing televised specials that score high ratings with star-studded guests in attendance. For more information about Women That Soar, visit www.womenthatsoar.com
About Stacy Snapp-Killian
Known in the beauty business as “celebrity hairstylist StacyK,” the 26-year veteran has authored two books: “Be Beautiful Being You” and “The Ten Character Commitments.” She is a part of the Women’s Leadership Movement, chosen Toyota’s “Women That Soar” Community Outreach recipient, and one of the 100 World Changers recently selected for her aim to move the world forward with her new branding concept created for sexual abuse survivors. Snapp-Killian founded JustUS® in 2014, an American multimedia company helping to stop sexual abuse and expose sexual abuse suppression. The company unites “informative, inspirational individuals” with lifestyle and leadership goals. Its philosophy remains: “Our Words Give Life!” For more info about JustUS®, visit www.justuslove.org
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