April Tam Smith is a devoted philanthropist, finance professional, and socially-conscious entrepreneur living in New York City. She is currently a Managing Director in a top tier investment bank’s equity derivatives team, covering hedgefunds. At age 30, April founded P.S. Kitchen, a social enterprise vegan restaurant in Times Square that donates 100% of its net profits to philanthropic endeavors, while providing gainful employment to those who need a second chance in the local community, including the formerly incarcerated, victims of domestic violence, and those struggled with homelessness. April was the recipient of the 2018 Columbia Tamer Center Social Enterprise Award, the 2018 50 Outstanding AsianAmericans in Business Award, and the 2015 John Mack Leadership Award. Her experiences from serving at orphanages and social businesses overseas have planted a deep seed in her to be a voice for the poor and fight for justice while leveraging her 14 year career on Wall Street. She currently serves as the chair of the board for Sharehope, a charitable organization that serves garment workers in Haiti, and also serves on the board for Justice Rising, Defy Ventures Tri-state, Movement Day and Generosity NY. She received her Bachelor's of Science in Engineering from MIT in 2005 and her MBA from Columbia Business School in 2009.
OUTSTANDING WOMEN AWARD Amarimba L. Charles
Amarimba L. Charles is the Founder and Executive Director of T.A.L.L.O.M. (This Awesome Little Light Of Mine) Foundation Incorporated, a non-profit organization that focuses on inspiring, educating and empowering youth.
In October 2015, Amarimba decided to pursue her passion by establishing a platform where girls and young women can access the tools they needed to enhance their lives and create a better reality for themselves. She holds a degree in Business Fundamental, is a certified youth coach, in addition to being a social entrepreneur.
Amarimba uses her life experiences, practical, and realistic strategies to empower young women and girls to become confident, self-sufficient, and socially conscious. She believes that educated and empowered girls grow up to be educated and empowered women, who positively impact their families and their communities.
The multi-award winner is a recipient of the Caribbean Life Impact Award, Power Woman in Business, Award of Recognition in Achievement in Entrepreneurship and Women’s Empowerment, and Citations from the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President and State’s Assembly.
Amarimba is willing to go above and beyond to provide an environment where children can find support and motivation to enrich themselves and to pursue their goals. Her leadership skills are exceptional and her commitment to helping each and every child is undeniable.
OUTSTANDING TEENS AWARD
Faizah was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh and moved to Queens, New York in 2014. She is a senior at Queens High School for the Sciences. In her free time, she likes to wander in the city, take pictures and stand up for what she believes in. In the future, she would like to be a Computer Engineer and help break the gender barrier that exists within the STEM fields.
Ariana Solecki is a sophomore at Bay Ridge Prep high school, a member of the national honors society and the national art honors society.
She enjoys helping her community and considers herself an active teenager. Specifically she enjoys assisting the elderly shop for groceries and has been a part of "It's my Park Day". A community project that keeps our parks clean. In addition she is a competitive squash player and is nationally ranked. She is the Founder and President of the Student Activities Committee at school and is in the process of creating an organization that donates prom dresses to girls that do not have the finances to purchase one of their own.
Most importantly, she is spiritual and uses social media to spread her love for Jesus with a goal spreading his love and light. Making positive impact is central to who she is.