For Nadia Sasso, the connection to the African Diaspora has always been strong. Born in America to parents who emigrated from Sierra Leone, Sasso is a leader in establishing social and entrepreneurial connections across cultures” and fostering civic responsibility.
In 2010, she co-founded Yehri Wi Cry (YWC), an organization that distributes birthing kits in Sierra Leone to increase the successful delivery rates for women. Now, she is a fashion consultant and the new media strategist for Royal Dynamite.
Sasso’s belief that innovation is inspired by collaboration derives from her first hand experiences as she spearheaded the corporate social responsibility initiative at Royal Dynamite that gives back to those in need. For every t-shirt purchased, the company donates an educational care package to children around the world. The initiative has touched more than 300 organizations in countries across the globe.
Named by Katie Couric as being amongst the “Next Generation of Female Leaders,” Sasso also received the Young African Committed to Excellence Award by Face2Face Africa magazine. She is the 2013 recipient of the Posse Foundation’s Ainslie Alumni Achievement Award where she was honored for her commitment to social responsibility and her ability to inspire others.
Sasso has a dual bachelor’s degree in English and Sociology from Bucknell University and a master’s degree in American Studies with a certification in Documentary Film from Lehigh University. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Africana Studies with a minor in Film Studies from Cornell University.