Student Social Entrepreneur of the Year Awardees

Student Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2023


Lily Storrs 

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Lily Storrs is passionate about gender equality promotion, reproductive justice, access to equitable access to education, and social entrepreneurship to empower and uplift communities. She is a rising senior from outside of Berkeley, CA, and is studying Political Science and Social Entrepreneurship & Innovation. Lily studied abroad in Rwanda Fall Semester 2022, where she conducted research on a women’s weaving cooperative to promote gender equality and financial empowerment by expanding their sales to a global market. Working with this weaving cooperative in Rwanda has led to continued research with the international distributor for the cooperative, and is interested in further pursuing how international collaboration can empower communities abroad and domestically. Lily has worked on developing a peacebuilding curriculum for a school in South Sudan, is working with St. Bakhita’s Vocational Training Center in Uganda, a women’s vocational school, on creating income-generating activities for the students to promote self-sufficiency, and is expanding access to reproductive health resources and education within the Notre Dame community. She is a participant in the McKenna Center's Entrepreneurship Empowerment in South Africa Program.

Max Manyak 

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A member of the Notre Dame men’s lacrosse team, Max founded Pediatric Pep Talk after meeting 10-year-old Ian McMillen, who was battling leukemia. He and the team would send videos to Ian to encourage him at critical junctures of his health journey. Ian’s nurse asked if Max could make videos for other children at the hospital. Max recruited students from all the varsity teams, and Pediatric Pep Talk was born. Today there are monthly interactions between hundreds of athletes and patients at Beacon Children’s Hospital. Plans are underway to expand the program to other states and universities, and they are committed to providing at least 2,400 video smiles by May 2024.