High school student Nia Froome made history last year when she won the 2010 Oppenheimer Funds/NFTE National Entrepreneurship Challenge for — get this — her vegan baking business. Inspired by her mom’s decision to go vegan after being diagnosed with breast cancer 10 years ago, Nia decided to do her part in making plant-based food more delicious and accessible. Nia’s award not only resulted in a $10,000 prize, but also a visit with President Barack Obama, with whom she no-doubt shared a bit of vegan goodness.
Well, the 17-year-old is back in the news, this time for making it onto Grio.com’s prestigious list of 100 history makers in the making. Sharing the list with the likes of Michelle Obama and Rihanna, Nia holds her own as a compassionate impressario. The media attention Nia has garnered from her vegan business, called Mama Nia’s Vegan Bakery, is impressive, from Good Day New York to CNN (she even got the chance to ring the New York Stock Exchange bell). Just goes to show you what is possible when you combine your brain with your heart and forge ahead. Nia Froome is the perfect example of that — she is kicking vegan ass and taking names.
Photo at top of blog: The Post Punk Kitchen