Brittany Merrill Underwood

Akola Project - Pres/Founder


Quick Bio

Brittany Merrill Underwood has made an extraordinary impact through her dedication to transform the lives of impoverished women and children in Uganda over the past 10 years as Founder and President of the Akola Project. Brittany was named the ‘Best Person in the World” by Yahoo in 2014 and was honored by clothing manufacturer Levi as one of 50 women around the globe who have changed the political, cultural, and spiritual shape of the future. She was awarded the Emerging Leader Award from SMU in 2013, received the Young Leader Award from the Dallas Women’s Foundation in 2014, and was the 2014 ‘My Michelle Moment’ recipient for Michelle Watches. Brittany has been featured on the likes of the Katie Couric Show, CNN’s Young People who Rock, Christianity Today, and Modern Luxury. In 2014, she was asked to join the elite mentoring class for the Laura Bush Women’s Initiative. Brittany joined the faculty of Southern Methodist University in 2015 where she teaches a new course on Social Innovation while she continues to devote herself to improving the lives of women and children at the Akola Project. Her goal for the Akola is to create a global brand that trains, empowers, and employs marginalized women around the world.

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