Andie MacDowell, Logan Browning, Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks, and Dr. Nancy D. O’Reilly to be Honored at the National Women’s History Museum’s 8th Annual Women Making History Awards
Los Angeles, Calif.— The National Women’s History Museum (NWHM) announced today that the 8th Annual Women Making History Awards will take place on International Women’s Day (Sunday, March 8). Each year, the event honors a select group of people who have made a significant contribution to their field and serve as an inspiration to women everywhere. This year, the event will honor actresses and advocates Andie MacDowell and Logan Browning, as well as President and CEO of ECOS® Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks and Women Connect4Good, Inc. founder Dr. Nancy D. O’Reilly. The awards will be sponsored by American Airlines, ECOS®, Morgan Stanley, Mount Saint Mary’s University, Los Angeles, and L'Oréal.
“The incredible women we’re honoring at this year’s Women Making History Awards are true trailblazers,” said National Women’s History Museum President and CEO, Holly Hotchner. "They each have played a pivotal role in working to amplify women’s voices through activism, storytelling, business and philanthropy, and we couldn’t be more excited to recognize and celebrate their important achievements and contributions.”
Previous honorees include #MeToo Founder Tarana Burke; actresses Kristen Bell, Kerry Washington, Tracee Ellis Ross, Viola Davis, and Rita Moreno; SpaceX President and COO Gwynne Shotwell; photographer Annie Leibovitz; the late author and poet Dr. Maya Angelou; former First Lady Laura Bush; and Instagram COO Marne Levine.
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ABOUT ANDIE MACDOWELL
Andie MacDowell has had a hugely successful career across both film and television. She was most recently seen in the Fox Searchlight feature Ready Or Not, as well as Hulu’s limited series, Four Weddings and a Funeral. Her film, Love After Love, in which she stars opposite Chris O’Dowd, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival to critical acclaim. Before that, MacDowell was seen in Lorenzo di Bonaventura’s drama for Lionsgate, Only The Brave, opposite Jeff Bridges, Jennifer Connelly, and Josh Brolin. Additionally, she appeared in Warner Bros.’ Magic Mike XXL opposite Channing Tatum and Matt Bomer, as well as the critically-acclaimed TV series Cedar Cove for three seasons. She also appeared in the season 1 finale of NBC’s Trial And Error opposite John Lithgow.
MacDowell first gained attention with her starring role in Steven Soderbergh’s Sex, Lies, and Videotape. She then went on to star in several highly revered films, including Groundhog Day; Four Weddings and a Funeral (for which she received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture-Comedy/Musical); Multiplicity, opposite Michael Keaton; Michael, opposite John Travolta and William Hurt; Short Cuts, opposite Julianne Moore; Green Card, for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe; An Object of Beauty, opposite John Malkovich; and the 2011 revival of Footloose, opposite Miles Teller and Julianne Hough.
Andie MacDowell has been the face of L'Oréal for the past 33 years. She is on the board of the National Forest Foundation and has been an avid advocate for land preservation and protecting open lands for both wildlife and our future. She has also supported organizations including Dress for Success, United Way, American Heart Association, and the Humane Society, among others.
ABOUT LOGAN BROWNING
Logan Browning is a Georgia native who began her professional acting career at 14-years-old. She is currently working on her fourth season as Samantha White in the Netflix Original Series Dear White People, for which she received two individual NAACP Image Awards nominations for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series. She also stars opposite Allison Williams in Netflix’s psychological thriller, The Perfection.
Logan uses her platform as an activist and advocate to discuss discrepancies in the representation and rights of People of Color, women, voters, and sustainability. She has written relevant opinion pieces for LaLa Magazine & Bustle, and has given keynote addresses at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Georgetown University, Her Campus Conference, and City Year’s Corps members commencement.
ABOUT KELLY VLAHAKIS-HANKS
As President and CEO of ECOS®, Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks leads the strategy and production of environmentally friendly cleaning products, including the ECOS®, Baby ECOS®, ECOS® Pets, and ECOS® Pro product lines. She has been internationally recognized for her highly effective leadership and influential voice in the green movement and in corporate social responsibility.
Vlahakis-Hanks oversees four sustainable manufacturing facilities across the U.S. and a global sales team. She has implemented sustainable practices that have made ECOS® a model for green American business. Under her leadership, ECOS® became the first company to achieve the “trifecta” of sustainable manufacturing: carbon neutrality, water neutrality, and TRUE Zero Waste Platinum certification. As a primary manufacturer, ECOS® has received many awards for its innovations in safer green chemistry, including the U.S. EPA’s Safer Choice Partner of the Year. ECOS® makes its plant-powered products using 100% renewable energy and has reduced its waste by over 95% by working closely with its suppliers and extensively recycling and reusing materials.
ABOUT DR. NANCY O'REILLY, PSY.D.
International philanthropist, skilled horsewoman, and trailblazer for women’s empowerment, Nancy D. O'Reilly, Psy.D., believes women who define themselves and others as leaders will hasten their advance to equality. Dr. O’Reilly founded Women Connect4Good, Inc., a 501(c)3 foundation, that has provided support for many national and international charities. Her keynotes and speeches inspire audiences to create fulfilling and purposeful lives.
Founded in 1996, the National Women’s History Museum is the nation’s only women's history museum and the most recognized institution dedicated to uncovering, interpreting, and celebrating women’s diverse contributions to society. A renowned leader in women’s history education, the Museum brings to life the countless untold stories of women throughout history, and serves as a space for all to inspire, experience, collaborate, and amplify women’s impact—past, present, and future. The Museum is a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)3. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.