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1/23

2017 Mothers of Invention

How Toyota is supporting innovative solutions to the world’s hardest problems

Over the past six years, Toyota has granted $950,000 to 19 women-led companies, who are tackling the world’s most challenging issues with remarkable creativity. These women, who are leading the charge to work on issues like homelessness, education, food, water, energy and more, come from all over the world, and are using innovation to create lasting and sustainable impact. To date, Toyota’s Mothers of Invention have affected the lives of more than 160 million people globally, and are developing novel new technologies that will create positive change for millions more. The grants from Toyota have enabled these women to multiply their impact and expand the reach of their products and services, all while celebrating the power of invention and a diversity of thought.

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2/23

2017 Mothers of Invention

An app that helps families share story time — even when they’re far apart

When Maxeme Tuchman saw a photo of an on-duty soldier sitting in front of a laptop, awkwardly holding a picture book to “read” to his daughter through a webcam, “it was heartbreaking,” the educator recalls. Was it possible that today’s technology couldn’t give kids and parents a better way to enjoy one of childhood’s fundamental joys—reading stories together? In that moment, Caribu was born: “We say it’s like Facetime meets Kindle, for kids,” says Tuchman, the ebullient CEO and founder of the company. In 2017, Tuchman was named one of Toyota’s Mothers of Invention, for her endearingly simple yet effective reading app. Not only can parents connect with their kids over long distances — whether they’re deployed in the military or just out of town — being able to maintain a simple nightly routine of reading together is a boon to literacy, Tuchman says. Toyota has honored Maxeme Tuchman with a Mothers of Invention grant to further develop and distribute Caribu.

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3/23

2017 Mother of Invention

A digital tool that makes science more accessible to children

In Latin America, 88 percent of schools don’t have access to lab equipment. Komal Dadlani, a Chilean native who got a master’s degree in biochemistry, founded Lab4U to “democratize science and change the way science is taught” around the world. Lab4U’s technology leverages the built-in sensors in smartphones to give all students access to the experience of scientific experimentation. Dadlani and her team created a suite of products that can be used in and out of the classroom to get kids excited about science. If science can provide the framework to solve the world’s largest issues, Lab4U posits, empowering kids with the gift of experimentation sets the groundwork for a better tomorrow.

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4/23

2017 Mother of Invention

A connected work boot that’s powered by workers

Inspired as a teenager by the first Mars rovers and the promise of innovative technologies, Hahna Alexander is now seeking to improve lives on this planet with self-sustaining wearables. Her company, Sole Power, addresses the need for portable power by harnessing everyday movement. Its first product, a connected boot, generates electricity with every step, enabling the footwear to communicate with the cloud or track movements. “It doesn’t matter if it’s nighttime, if it’s sunny out or if it’s raining. Every time you step, it’s spinning that generator,” Alexander says. The U.S. Army, which worked with Alexander’s company, is using the boots to lighten the load of soldiers. The boots and their embedded electronics are also useful in construction, energy and other remote services industries. The result is a safer, better connected and more efficient work force, one step at a time.

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5/23

2016 Mother of Invention

Well Aware delivers a basic necessity in East Africa

With over 60 percent of wells non-functional, millions of families in Africa are left with no reliable source of clean water. Witnessing this problem firsthand, Sarah Evans founded Well Aware, a non-profit that provides sustainable clean water systems to developing communities in East Africa. Over seven years, Evans and her team have served 120,000 Kenyans by drilling 34 wells and repairing existing systems, using solar panels to sustain the wells. Soon, her organization will expand to Uganda and Tanzania. “Without clean water there is no prosperity for a community,” Evans says.

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6/23

2016 Toyota Mothers of Invention

Toyota Mothers of Invention are transforming lives with innovative solutions

How much of an impact have the Toyota Mothers of Invention made? To let the numbers speak, since 2012, 16 Toyota Mothers of Invention have impacted 160 countries and touched the lives of 160 million people. “I see magic, I see a blessing, I see innovation and I see gratitude,” says one volunteer for Maile Molin’s unique school ENGLISH @ WORK. This statement is just one example of the millions who have benefitted from the various initiatives led by Toyota Mothers of Invention all over the world. One Copia beneficiary summed it up perfectly, “[The work of the Mothers of Invention] is going beyond where they think it’s going.”

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7/23

2016 Toyota Mothers of Invention

How video chats open windows to the world

It’s no secret that today’s youth love smartphone technology, whether it’s to surf the web or video-chat with friends. Why are we not using similar technology in the classroom? This question was on the minds of Monica Gray and Annie Medaglia, who co-founded DreamWakers, a nonprofit that connects public school students with career speakers through Skype and Google Hangouts. Mariama Diop, an eighth-grader at Kipp Star College Prep Middle School, says her experience with DreamWakers has empowered her to feel “capable and inspired.”

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8/23

2016 Toyota Mother of Invention

Surplus food for the hungry is a tap away

For Komal Ahmad, CEO of the benefit corporation Copia, excess food wastage is “the world’s dumbest problem.” After an unsuccessful attempt to deliver 500 sandwiches to a nonprofit, she was frustrated. That’s what motivated her to develop a mobile app that has helped feed more than 660,000 people by connecting companies with surplus food to those in need. Inspired by a lunch she had with a homeless man, Ahmad started by encouraging campus dining halls to donate excess food to local nonprofits. “Our goal is to reach over a million people fed,” Komal says.

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9/23

2015 Toyota Mother of Invention

How one mother was inspired to make glasses

“My daughter has Down syndrome and it opened my eyes to a whole new world,” says Maria Dellapina, creator of Specs4Us, which stands for Superior Precision Eyewear for Children who are Special. An optician by trade, the single mother of four launched the company in 2004 to make eyeglasses that address the unique physical needs of individuals with Down syndrome and any others with low nasal bridges. “Being a mother is a big driving force,” Dellapina says about the inspiration for Specs4Us.

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10/23

2015 Toyota Mother of Invention

Addressing homelessness with innovative cardboard

Can origami, the ancient art of paper folding, offer a modern solution for homelessness? In the hands of Tina Hovsepian, it may. Her nonprofit, Cardborigami, creates transportable temporary shelters that can be expanded to provide privacy and protection. The collapsible shelters are recyclable, water resistant, flame retardant and designed to aid the urban homeless as well as those affected by natural disaster. “I think everyone deserves shelter,” she says. “And that’s what Cardborigami is able to provide.”

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11/23

2015 Toyota Mother of Invention

Lifesaving technology that’s mobile-first

How can technology empower frontline health practitioners to serve as the virtual eyes, ears and hands of medical specialists? That’s where Ting Shih’s software ClickMedix enters the picture. It affordably expands access to healthcare by enabling health organizations around the world to use mobile phones to connect with medical specialists. ClickMedix allows users to securely send symptoms data and images to facilitate a diagnosis. According to Shih, most people have a phone before they even have electricity. So why not use mobile phones to deliver health care?

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12/23

2015 Toyota Mother of Invention

Bringing mobile hygiene to the homeless

Doniece Sandoval knew she couldn’t solve the issue of homelessness in San Francisco, but that didn’t mean she couldn’t try to scrub away one problem faced by the thousands who live on the city’s streets: a lack of available showers and toilets. Driven to action, Sandoval founded Lava Mae and worked with a team to transform retired city buses into mobile shower vehicles for the homeless, giving them not only hot and cold running water but also a rare patch of privacy and a renewed sense of dignity. Sandoval calls the effect “transformative.”

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13/23

2014 Toyota Mother of Invention

How Maile Molin Brings Classes to Work

Maile Molin’s unique school ENGLISH @ WORK aims to break the cycle of poverty by teaching language in the workplace to those with limited English proficiency. Molin taught her first class to the cooks, busboys and dishwashers she worked with while waiting tables at a restaurant after noting their difficulty getting to the language classes they needed. Since then, her organization has expanded. Businesses who host ENGLISH @ WORK classes see improvements in employee safety awareness and customer service, as well as increased employee loyalty.

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14/23

2014 Toyota Mother of Invention

Addressing emergencies one bag at a time

In 2014, Tricia Compas-Markman’s efforts to bring clean water to those in need earned her recognition as a Toyota Mother of Invention. Since then, she and her company, DayOne Response, have worked to address the worldwide need for clean, potable water by developing a 10-liter backpack that, using a Procter & Gamble purifying packet, can quickly render dirty water safe for drinking. She and DayOne Response have responded to several disasters, including typhoons in Southeast Asia and seasonal rain and cholera outbreaks in West Africa.

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15/23

2014 Toyota Mother of Invention

How good nutrition is a game changer

Lauren Shweder-Biel launched DC Greens in 2009 to start a farmers’ market, but that idea quickly grew into an organization that connects communities across Washington, D.C., to healthy food. Its efforts include a program in which clinic doctors write prescriptions for fruits and vegetables that can be filled at local farmers’ markets, and the Growing Gardens Teachers program, which trains educators to run integrated school garden programs. Recognizing their power and position to make a broader impact, she says, has been “exciting.”

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16/23

2014 Toyota Mother of Invention

How LuminAID became a solar lifesaver

LuminAID founders Anna Stork and Andrea Sreshta knew they needed to zero in on providing light for disaster areas. In response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake, the duo designed a solarpowered inflatable light — lightweight, portable and waterproof — that has now been distributed in relief efforts around the world. The program recently passed a big milestone with more than 10,000 lights distributed and has introduced two new solarpowered inflatable lights that are just as suitable for backyards and backcountry hikes as for disaster relief.

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17/23

2013 Toyota Mother of Invention

Preserving food, one FreshPaper at a time

Even though enough food is harvested around the world to feed every human, at least 25 percent of that supply is lost to spoilage. To prevent some of that loss, Kavita Shukla invented FreshPaper. Infused with a mix of natural spices that impede the growth of bacteria and fungus, the square paper food wraps can keep food fresh up to four times longer. Today, FreshPaper is sold in U.S. retail stores and shipped to 35 countries, reaching farmers and families worldwide. She says she is amazed by how much she has accomplished in such a short time.

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18/23

2013 Toyota Mother of Invention

Giving new meaning to girl power

As a magazine editor traveling the globe in search of “girls who were doing amazing things,” Tara Roberts realized that young women working to make a difference in one country were unaware of the efforts of others elsewhere. That’s why Roberts teamed up with Sejal Hathi, founder of the nonprofit Girls Helping Girls, to launch girltank, a community hub for women changemakers around the world. Through an online and offline virtual community, girltank seeks to help female social entrepreneurs acquire resources and scale their work.

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19/23

2014 Toyota Mother of Invention

Recovers.org helps communities hit by disasters

Caitria and Morgan O’Neill’s hometown, Monson, Mass., was completely unprepared when an EF3 tornado hit in 2011, the sisters say. When the storm passed, the O’Neills found staggering damage — burning transformers, flipped cars, homes torn apart — and a new sense of purpose. They joined forces to launch Recovers.org, which Caitria describes as “a community platform for disaster preparedness and disaster recovery.” The website coordinates urgent needs, available aid and other data. Recovers.org also serves as a tool to facilitate donations.

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20/23

2012 Toyota Mother of Invention

How trick-or-treating changed fundraising

Talia Leman and her organization, RandomKid, prove that when kids work together, they can change the world. Leman started her organization in 2005, when she was just 10, with a single worthy goal: to raise money for those affected by Hurricane Katrina. Her efforts while trick-or-treating for Halloween attracted national attention and started a global youth movement that has raised more than $11 million. RandomKid used those funds to construct homes, address children’s health issues and build a school in Cambodia.

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21/23

2012 Toyota Mother of Invention

Can playing soccer power up a village?

The SOCCKET, the flagship product of Uncharted Play, is a soccer ball that harnesses the energy from play and stores it for later use – to power a lamp, say, or charge a cell phone. It’s an especially useful tool in developing communities with little or no access to power. CEO Jessica O. Matthews created the SOCCKET with Julia Silverman in 2008 and co-founded Uncharted Play with her in 2011. Today, Uncharted Play’s energy-generating toys have expanded to the updated SOCCKET II, a jump rope called the PULSE and, soon, a longboard.

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22/23

2012 Toyota Mother of Invention

How one woman transformed the lives of pregnant teens

Asenath Andrews was the principal of Catherine Ferguson Academy, a Detroit high school for teen moms. Principal Andrews gave the school’s students the tools to avert poverty, chart new paths and even provided access to an early education program for their children. The girls were given an opportunity to continue their own studies, gain confidence, learn skills like gardening and perhaps even travel the world. Upon graduation, they were required to go on to either two or four year colleges or trade schools.

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23/23

Making an impact

What does being a Toyota Mother of Invention mean? It means understanding needs and finding solutions, doing something to make the world a better place to live. It means innovating in ways that make a difference, recognizing our responsibilities as global citizens, ignoring naysayers, overcoming fear and doubt, making room for the unexpected. It also means reaching out to help others do the same. Since 2012, Toyota’s Mothers of Invention program has awarded a total of $650,000 in grants to 13 remarkable women who are using innovation, entrepreneurship and invention to make a difference in their communities and around the world. Collectively, the first 10 honorees have affected more than 160 million lives in 155 countries — and they are just getting started.

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Toyota Mothers of Invention arrive at the 2016 Women in the World Summit in New York and gather in front of the 2016 Toyota Mirai. The Women in the World summit is an opportunity for the Toyota Mothers of Invention to come together and share the continued efforts of their inspiring work. From left: Kavita Shukla of Fenugreen, Heather Burke of girltank, Komal Ahmad of Copia, Monica Gray and Annie Medaglia of DreamWakers, Maria Dellapina of Specs4Us, Tricia Compas-Markman of DayOne Response, and Tina Hovsepian of Cardborigami.

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Toyota Mothers of Invention arrive at the 2016 Women in the World Summit in New York and gather in front of the 2016 Toyota Mirai. The Women in the World summit is an opportunity for the Toyota Mothers of Invention to come together and share the continued efforts of their inspiring work. From left: Kavita Shukla of Fenugreen, Heather Burke of girltank, Komal Ahmad of Copia, Monica Gray and Annie Medaglia of DreamWakers, Maria Dellapina of Specs4Us, Tricia Compas-Markman of DayOne Response, and Tina Hovsepian of Cardborigami.

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DreamWakers co-founders and 2016 Mothers of Invention Annie Medaglia and Monica Gray (center), tell CBS News correspondent Julianna Goldman what inspired them to bring career speakers into public school classrooms using video chat technology at the 2016 Women in The World salon in Washington D.C.

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2016 Mothers of Invention and DreamWakers co-founders Annie Medaglia and Monica Gray on-stage at the Women in The World salon in Washington D.C., where they were officially welcomed as the newest members of the Toyota Mothers of Invention family.

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2016 Mothers of Invention and DreamWakers co-founders Annie Medaglia and Monica Gray (center), speak to CBS News correspondent Julianna Goldman at the 2016 Women in The World salon in Washington D.C.

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Toyota Mothers of Invention arrive at the 2016 Women in The World salon in Washington D.C., where DreamWakers co-founders, Monica Gray and Annie Medaglia were honored as the newest Toyota Mothers of Invention. From left: Kavita Shukla of Fenugreen, Ting Shih of ClickMedix and Annie Medaglia and Monica Gray of DreamWakers.

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2016 Toyota Mother of Invention, Komal Ahmad of Copia, with Gayle Tzemach Lemmon at the 2016 Women in the World salon in Los Angeles, California.

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2016 Toyota Mother of Invention, Komal Ahmad of Copia, arriving at the 2016 Women in the World salon in Los Angeles, California.

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2015 Toyota Mother of Invention Maria Dellapina of Specs4Us speaks at the 2015 Women in the World salon in San Antonio,Texas.

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Mothers of Invention panelists at the 2015 Women in the World salon in San Antonio, Texas. From left: Dionne Colvin-Lovely of Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc., Sarah Lucero of KENS TV, Maria L. Dellapina of Specs4Us, Maria’s daughter Erin Dellapina, Maria’s son Anthony Dellapina and Dr. Cynthia Peacock of Baylor College of Medicine.

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Women in the World founder Tina Brown with past and present Toyota Mothers of Invention on the red carpet during opening night of the 2015 Women in the World Summit in New York City. From left: Lauren Shweder-Biel, Tricia Compas-Markman, Tara Roberts, Kavita Shukla, Tina Brown, Sandra Hirschberg, Doniece Sandoval, Tina Hovsepian and Anna Stork.

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2015 Toyota Mother of Invention and ClickMedix founder, Ting Shih (center), on-stage talking about mobile healthcare with CNN’s Poppy Harlow (left) and Dr. Achiamah Osei-Tutu (right) at the 2015 Women in the World Summit in New York City.

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2015 Toyota Mother of Invention and ClickMedix founder, Ting Shih, at the 2015 Women in the World Summit in New York City.

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2015 Toyota Mother of Invention and Lava Mae founder, Doniece Sandoval (left), talks about the power of a shower with artist Inocente Izucar at the 2015 Women in the World Summit in New York City.

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2015 Toyota Mother of Invention and Lava Mae founder, Doniece Sandoval, at the 2015 Women in the World Summit in New York City.

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2015 Toyota Mother of Invention and Cardborigami founder Tina Hovsepian shows off her cardboard shelter at the 2015 Women in the World Summit in New York City.

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From left: 2015 Toyota Mothers of Invention, Doniece Sandoval of Lava Mae, Tina Hovsepian of Cardborigami, and Ting Shih of ClickMedix at the 2015 Women in the World Summit in New York City.

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2015 Toyota Mother of Invention and Cardborigami founder, Tina Hovsepian, with Aton Edwards, Executive Director of International Preparedness Network, during the 2015 Women in the World Summit in New York City.

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2015 Toyota Mother of Invention and Lava Mae founder, Doniece Sandoval, at the Toyota Lounge during the 2015 Women in the World Summit in New York City.

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From left: 2015 Toyota Mothers of Invention, Tina Hovsepian of Cardborigami, Doniece Sandoval of Lava Mae and Ting Shih of ClickMedix, pose in front of the 2016 Toyota Mirai at the 2015 Women in the World Summit in New York City.

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From left: 2015 Toyota Mothers of Invention, Tina Hovsepian of Cardborigami, Doniece Sandoval of Lava Mae and Ting Shih of ClickMedix, at the 2015 Women in the World Summit in New York City.

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Past and present Toyota Mothers of Invention in front of the 2016 Toyota Mirai at the 2015 Women in the World Summit in New York City. From left: Andrea Sreshta, Tricia Compas-Markman, Lauren Shweder-Biel, Tara Roberts, Doniece Sandoval, Tina Hovsepian and Ting Shih.

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2015 Toyota Mother of Invention and ClickMedix founder, Ting Shih, in the Toyota Solutions Studio at the 2015 Women in the World Summit in New York City.

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Past and present Toyota Mothers of Invention outside the Toyota Solutions Studio at the 2015 Women in the World Summit in New York City. From left: Kavita Shukla, Fenugreen, Tricia Compas-Markman, Ting Shih, Andrea Sreshta, Doniece Sandoval, Tara Roberts and Lauren Shweder-Biel.

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2013 Toyota Mother of Invention, Kavita Shukla of Fenugreen, poses with MSNBC TV host and foreign policy expert, Rula Jebreal, following their talk at the Women in the World Summit.

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2013 Toyota Mothers of Invention and sisters, Morgan and Caitria O’Neill from Recovers.org, outside the Toyota Solutions Studio at the Women in the World Summit.

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From left: Tara Roberts and Sejal Hathis of girltank, Kavita Shukla of Fenugreen, and Caitria and Morgan O’Neill from Recovers.org, anxiously await their recognition as 2013 Toyota Mothers of Invention at the Women in the World Summit.

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2014 Toyota Mothers of Invention, Andrea Sreshta and Anna Stork from LuminAID, stop for a photo outside the Women in the World Chicago Salon.

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2014 Toyota Mother of Invention, Lauren Shweder-Biel of DC Greens, talks about access to fresh produce in the Capitol at the Women in the World D.C. Salon.

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From left: 2014 Toyota Mothers of Invention, Tricia Compas-Markman of DayOne Response, Anna Stork and Andrea Sreshta of LuminAID, and Lauren Shweder-Biel of DC Greens, pile in the Toyota Highlander outside the Women in the World Summit.

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2014 Toyota Mother of Invention, Maile Molin of ENGLISH @ WORK, poses with the Toyota Camry outside the theater at Women in the World, Texas.

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