One of our favorite parts about The O2 Experience is recognizing YOU! With recognition happening throughout the event, we wanted to give you a peek at just a few of the special awards we shared.
Congratulations to our Stronger Together Award recipients!
In honor of our first-ever virtual event, our Founders created our Stronger Together Awards. These awards were nominated by our Founders for the incredible things these Designers do in their communities and businesses while living out the O2 mission statement.
When we’re all back together, we look forward to bringing back our traditional Culture Awards, so we can honor those recipients in person and on stage.
“I was honored to receive the Force For Good® award! Origami Owl makes it so easy to share the gift of kindness because this is the foundation of our mission. I have also made it my personal mission to help those who need it. The world we live in is a little crazy at the moment; when we bless others, we bless ourselves. There is nothing better in life. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!”
“I wanted to thank the Founders for the honor of receiving this award. I was surrounded by my O2 sisters and amazing team at my house watching the last session of our virtual convention. I couldn’t have asked for a better moment to be surrounded by so much love. The moment they called my name I cried; I couldn’t believe it; I was in shock. I felt so emotional, happy and sad all at the same time. I reflected on how blessed and grateful we all are to have survived this pandemic, especially living in New York. I have many friends who lost loved ones, and it is very difficult to see them in grief and they did not get to say good bye. I felt honored and humbled to receive such a beautiful and meaningful award.
Inspiring: What inspires me is to get involved and help organizations, schools, churches and temples raise funds for causes with the help of Origami Owl. Fundraising is a way to be a Force For Good and pay it forward. My Customers tell me our jewelry makes them happy, and that makes my heart full.
Kindness: Always remember to be kind to those you meet. This past year during the COVID virus, my community, my family and I donated 180 dinners to our local hospital to feed medical staff. I also got involved with Operation Prom, which is an organization that gives prom dresses and tuxes to youth in need. With the help of my friends, I was able to help a Customer collect 300 coats for the homeless. The night before Thanksgiving, we fed and gave coats out to the homeless at her church in Harlem. It was a beautiful and moving experience for me my family and friends and i can’t wait to do it again.
Hope: When I received this award, the first thing that came to mind was praying for the end of this virus and having peace all over the world. We had 32,000 deaths and 422,000 infected in New York State alone since March. While all this was going on, I stayed home for months, but found creative ways to connect with my Customers, family and friends. During the pandemic, we gave each other hope, stayed connected by sharing online performances, trivia and games to break the isolation, lift spirits, and reach out and connect with those who are isolated or live alone. During this difficult time, my son who is a high school senior was home and he and others missed so much. Also two weeks before my son graduated with a virtual graduation and car parade, my husband got diagnosed with stage 2 prostate cancer. I am hoping after his 28 rounds of radiation starting October 1, that he will fully recover and be cancer free. If it wasn’t for Origami Owl, and the help and hope of my amazing Customers and friends, I would not have gotten through this.
“I am so incredibly proud and honoured to receive this award. I really have no words! I truly am so blessed to have the amazing team that I do. It’s hard to believe that we all started out as strangers. So many lifelong friendships have been formed and many more are in the making. I cannot imagine this journey without these amazing Teamsters. Find your tribe. Love them hard.”
“I can’t even start to put into words how much this company has impacted my life. When I first joined, I thought that I was going to earn a little bit of money and wear the jewelry. But, it did not go that way at all. It went WAY better than I could have ever imagined. This award means a lot to me. It shows how far I’ve come in my business and that what I’m doing is making an impact in my life and others. It shows my hard work and dedication for this company and my small business. I could not be more thankful and blessed to be awarded the Young Entrepreneur Rock Star Rookie award. I want to thank all of Origami Owl for the encouragement. Every week, people who I don’t even know encourage me and cheer me on. I want to especially thank my amazing parents, my wonderful mentor and the people who started Origami Owl, the Founders. Love you Bella, Chrissy, Shawn and Tyson!”
“The feeling in this moment is almost indescribable. I felt honored, blessed, excited, surprised and just overwhelmed with gratitude. It was an amazing moment, and I’m grateful I was at home to be able to experience it with my whole family! I honestly cannot believe it – STILL. I try my hardest to always help and serve others, and this just confirmed that what I do makes a difference. I’m so grateful I’m part of this AMAZING company. I’m so grateful for the amazing people I’ve met through it, who have made an impact on my life and who I’ve had the opportunity of making an impact in their lives. I want to say thank you and I will NEVER forget this!”
Note: If you attended The O2 Experience and received recognition that includes an award or certificate, please keep in mind that we will be sending it to you in the next month.
Congratulations to Our Young Entrepreneurs
The Young Entrepreneurs Program is the foundation of Origami Owl®. Our Young Entrepreneurs Program teaches young girls and boys, youth ages 11-17, entrepreneurial and life skills. Being an Owlette or BRO (Boy Representing Origami Owl) builds confidence and gets them out of their comfort zone, while setting goals and getting recognized for their efforts. Our Owlettes and BROs are making a difference in the lives of others and their own.
We received so many incredible submissions and ideas for potential Force For Good® Charms! We revealed the chosen, touching Charm during the virtual O2 Experience and recognized Eliana Perez-Flores for designing a “You are Loved” Charm. Read more here.
Two Young Entrepreneur Education Award Recipients
We want to support our Owlettes and BROs whose goals are to continue their education at a university or technical school once they graduate from high school. During the virtual 2020 O2 Experience, we announced the recipients of a $2,000 check to help cover their continuing education costs – Selina Novello and Taylor Hileman.
Congratulations, Selina and Taylor!
Here’s a little about why these Owlettes were chosen!
Taylor joined Origami Owl a little over four years ago when she begged her mom to let her sign up and work the business all by herself. She never could have imagined the way Origami Owl would change her life forever. Through the Young Entrepreneurs Program, Taylor found strength, gained a love for giving back to others, learned that there is nothing like human connection, and ultimately, found herself and who she is meant to be. She has learned how to set goals, and reach them, such as promoting to Senior Team Leader, earning her way to attend four Conventions, and even earning an incentive trip (all on her own) to Punta Cana.
Taylor has worked hard to cover most of her own college tuition for her first year with scholarships. She will be attending Beacon College in Leesburg, Florida and majoring in Anthropology. Through Anthropology, Taylor will be able to help others realize the importance of animals and their habitats, as well as help protect animals who so desperately need our help. Her goal is to work in marine rescue, and she has already been working hard to build the relationships she needs to land her dream job when she graduates with her bachelor’s degree. She would like to earn her degree without the use of student loans and is short $5,000 for her first year of college.
With Origami Owl, Selina, an Owlette from Canada, spreads light, love, and happiness everywhere she goes, and she is grateful for that. Our mission statement is incorporated into her life and heart forever. She believes it is the best thing that has happened to her! Selina confidently feels like she has become the best version of herself because of Origami Owl and the Young Entrepreneurs Program. She has struggled with learning disabilities of high anxiety, poor working memory and dyslexia. After finding a school with an amazing community and support system, she was able to overcome these obstacles and has achieved Top Academic Achievement Awards ever since.
Selina also believes that Origami Owl has given her a positive and creative outlet to explore and conquer her disabilities. Selina has learned from Origami Owl that: you are exactly where you are supposed to be, and going through what you are going through, because it takes every situation to help get you where you are; fear only exists in our minds, it does not actually exist; nothing can stop you but yourself, the only one that can change you is you; and be a light in this world and spread kindness.
Selina’s experience as a Young Entrepreneur has given her more than she could have ever imagined, both personally and professionally. With everything she has learned from being a Young Entrepreneur, and running her own business, Selina has realized that she is passionate about business and entrepreneurship. She plans to pursue this in college at Mount Royal University.
Congratulations to our 2020 Young Entrepreneurs Council Members
The Young Entrepreneurs Council gives Owlettes and BROs the opportunity to serve their peers in the Young Entrepreneurs Program and provide a youthful perspective, which is important in developing a strong program. Young Entrepreneurs Council members represent their fellow Owlettes and BROs while making a difference and gaining leadership skills.
Young Entrepreneurs Graduate in Special Ceremony
We had 16 inspiring Owlettes and BROs graduate during this year’s virtual O2 Experience!
Here’s whooo we recognized at the virtual 2020 O2 Experience:
Class of 2020: