689: A Sense Of Urgency With Nadya Okamoto

Nadya Okamoto is the Founder and Executive Director of PERIOD (period.org), an organization she founded at the age of 16. A Sense Of Urgency With Nadya OkamotoPERIOD 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.

Nadya shares why she started PERIOD and along with tips that can help you in your own your journey to self confidence.  Check out her episode to listen to her story.


Nadya Okamoto is the founder of PERIOD.

Cultural Background

Nadya is of Japanese and Chinese descent.

Favorite Self Confidence Quote

A leader is truly one who empowers others to be leaders themselves.

A leader is truly one who empowers others to be leaders themselves.

Definition of Self Confidence

Self confidence is believing in your voice and being unapologetically yourself.

Her Life Before the Discovery of Self Confidence

For Nadya, confidence is an ongoing journey since she has not fully discovered it.

The “AHA” Moment

Nadya had a sense of urgency to create PERIOD since this was a big issue that nobody talked about.

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Her Life After the Discovery of Self Confidence

Nadya loves what she does.

The One Self Confidence Tip For the Listener

You can’t do it alone, create your own girl gang.

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