ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Having developed an entrepreneurial spirit at a young age, Katie Zeppieri is proud to be the Founder & Chief Empowerment Officer of Make Your Mark, a social enterprise that provides leadership development training to youth. She is also the Founder of GIRL TALK Empowerment, a movement dedicated to motivating girls to become leaders of positive change.
Katie’s outspoken voice has led her to travel across Canada and abroad to speak about issues that matter. She is a motivational speaker, who has spoken on many platforms, including on the TED Worldwide Stage, a blogger for The Huffington Post, an on-air radio panelist Monday mornings on NEWSTALK 1010 with Host, Jerry Agar, a YouTube vlogger, and a journalist who has had her work featured in such outlets as Forbes.com. Katie is a champion for human rights and gained her passion for speaking out after both witnessing and experiencing many forms of bullying during her school years.
Katie graduated from high school in 2007 as a Top 20 Under 20 Finalist, a recipient of the prestigious TD Canada Trust $60,000 Scholarship for “Community Leadership” and was awarded the Governor General’s “Caring Canadian” Award. She is a YMCA Peace Medallion Recipient, a June Callwood Harmony Scholarship Recipient and has been recognized by the YWCA as a “Young Woman of Distinction.” Katie has also made her mark in the pageant world having been crowned “Miss Italia” and “Miss Fiesta” in her local community and then placing as the 3rd Runner-up in the 2013 Miss World Canada pageant.
Katie is dedicated to promoting leadership, encouraging young people to have a positive self-image and standing up against injustices. She hopes to use her leadership background to mentor and empower an entire generation of youth to “make their mark” on the world.