Honoring Those Who Inspire

Rad Girls is overjoyed to present our 5th Annual Rad Awards, a ceremony and celebration honoring inspirational women leaders in the fields of technology, media, culture, science, and business. See our list of nominees at Philadelphia Magazine.

What: The 5th Annual Rad Awards

When: Friday, April 26th, 2019 at 7 PM

Where: The Kimpton Hotel Palomar

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

Where & When

The 5th Annual Rad Awards are taking place at The Hotel Palomar on Friday, April 26th, from 7 pm - 10:30 pm. The Palomar is located at 117 S 17th Street in Philadelphia. 


Scoop them up now before they're sold out! Tickets are $40 each, and include cocktails from Faber Spirits, Single Prop Rum, and hors d'oeuvres from The Palomar. We'll also have a cash bar. There is an ATM in the lobby of The Palomar.


Meet us at The Palomar at 7 pm. Grab your friends and a cocktail and head to our photo booth. Say cheese! We’ll also have a roaming photographer on hand to snap glamorous photos of you. Don’t worry, they will be available online after the event.


This is not The Oscars, but you’ll want to be in Instagram-ready cocktail attire. Be creative. Have fun with it!

The Ceremony

Vibe out to the music of DJ Yolo Ono aka Marissa Le. The awards ceremony will begin promptly at 8:15. We will gather around the stage to honor our nominees and winners. 

Past Rad Awards

Meet Our 2019 nominees 

Innovator of the Year

Alanna Raffel | Founder, Access Point

Lisha Davis | Head of Vanguard Innovation Studio

Aurora Archer | Founder/CEO at Bellatrix Group

Eliza Pollack | Assistant Director of Innovation Strategy for the City of Philadelphia Office of Innovation & Technology

Entrepreneur of the Year

Sabeen Zia | Founder, Indie Shelf

Kriti Sehgal | Owner, Pure Fare

Melissa Walter | Cofounder, Love City Brewing Co.

Helen Horstmann-Allen | COO, Fastmail

Technologist of the Year

Felicite Moorman | CEO, BuLogics, Inc.,

Amber Burgess | Technical Project Manager, Linode

Lauren Hallden-Abberton | Lead product designer at Stitch Data

Alina d’Aubermont | Director of Product at Ring

Scientist of the Year

Taciana Pereira | Director of Bioengineering at Allevi

Sharon L. Walker, PhD | Dean, Drexel College of Engineering

Women In Physics Club | Ana Cohen, Elizabeth Dresselhaus, Camilla Schneier, Kalina Slavkova, and Angela White

Briana Wronko | Founder & CEO, Group K Diagnostics

Artist of the Year

Shanina Dionna | Visual and Performing Artist

Marisa Velázquez Rivas | Illustrator

Loveis Wise | Illustrator

Nicole Alexis Nikolich | Lace in the Moon

Nonprofit of the Year

Girls Inc. | Dena R. Herrin, Executive Director

Music Theatre Philly | Mindy Baiada, Founder

Delaware Valley Fields Foundation | Laura Fields, Founder

The Bee Foundation | Christine Kondra and Erin Kreszl, Founders

Educator of the Year

Ileana Berrios | Founder, Breastfeeding Latinas

Dr. Terri Boyer | Founding Director, The Anne Welsh McNulty Institute for Women’s Leadership

Melissa Lee | CEO, The Green Program

Anastasia Colzie | Education Coordinator, Slought

Connector of the Year

Heather Qader | Senior Aide to the CEO at La Colombe Coffee Roasters

Jill Harrison-Snyder | Executive Director and Founder of Directors Gathering

Kristin Fitch | Director, Marketing at University City Science Center

Elissa Bloom | Executive Director, Philadelphia Fashion Incubator

Storyteller of the Year

Sabrina Vourvoulias | Generocity Editor

Hillary Rea | Founder, Tell Me A Story

Kathy Romano | Host of 95.7 BEN FM’s Her Story

Katel LeDû and Sara Wachter-Boettcher | Hosts, Strong Feelings Podcast

Activist of the Year

Afia Yunus | Principal attorney and founder of Yunus Law

Katelyn Bowden | CEO/Founder of Badass (Battling Against Demeaning and Abusive Selfie Sharing)

Ashley Vogel | Women Bike PHL

Lauren Footman | Director of Operations, Black and Brown Gun Violence Prevention Consortium

Product of the Year

Tozuda | Jessie Garcia, Founder

Prime Wellness of Pennsylvania | Sharon Ali, CEO

PiperWai | Jess Edelstein and Sarah Ribner, Cofounders

Luci | Heather Jones, Founder

Rad Guy of the Year

Geoff DiMasi | Principal, P’unk Ave

David Silver | Co-Founder & CEO of REC Philly

Bon Ku | Assistant Dean for Health and Design at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

Lee Whack | Deputy Chief of Communications School District of Philadelphia

Rad Girl of the Year

Hazami Sayed | Founder & Executive Director, Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture

Zabeth Teelucksingh | Executive Director, Global Philadelphia Association

Kim E. Fraites-Dow | CEO of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania (GSEP)

Raquel Evita Saraswati | Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Family Equality Council


Meet DJ Yolo Ono

Yolo Ono has been fortunate to work with incredibly talented veterans of the nightlife and music scene, cutting her teeth with the Mad Decent Philadelphia crew, as well as Yellow Girl Mob and Factory Girls. Initially moving to Philadelphia to attend college in 2008, Yolo Ono encountered the Philadelphia nightlife scene through supporting local Philadelphia independent clothing brands such as Fresh Melt Water, and The Decades, assisting in promotion and street campaigning. With her first DJ gig in October 2011 opening for Gun$ Garcia and a live performance by Roxxy Cottontail, Yolo has continued to practice and play constantly, playing with acts such as James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem, Riff Raff, Venus X, Maluca, Princess Nokia, and more. While Yolo Ono’s initial love for music stemmed from indie rock and indie dance roots, she plays a versatile arsenal of genres with a love of club-influenced house music.

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