2016 WOMAN OF VALOR
Mickela Mallozzi is the two-time Emmy® Award-winning host and producer of Bare Feet with Mickela Mallozzi, a travel series airing on public television stations nationwide. Originally the assistant to one of the world’s most famous metal rock bands (Slipknot), Mickela quit her job to start a journey around the world, taking her camera with her to follow dance in the lives of everyday people wherever she went.
From re-discovering her family’s heritage in Southern Italy to dancing tango on the main stage in Buenos Aires, the series covers Mickela’s adventures as she experiences the world, one dance at a time. She has been featured in The New York Times, Travel Channel, Dance Magazine, Yahoo! Travel, USA TODAY Travel, American Express, and AFAR Media, and she has performed on various television shows including Sesame Street and The Doctor Oz Show. Mickela now offers Bare Feet® Dance Tours, dance-focused itineraries based on the TV series, for travelers to join her in various destinations around the globe. She is also the Director of the Women’s Travel Fest, an annual conference whose mission is to inspire, empower, educate, and connect women through travel.
Renee Robinson began her dance training in classical ballet at the Jones-Haywood School of Ballet. She also attended the School of American Ballet, the Dance Theater of Harlem and The Ailey School. Robinson was a member of the Alvin Ailey II before becoming a member of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in 1981.
She has worked with many renowned choreographers, such as Alvin Ailey, Lar Lubovitch, Donald McKayle, Judith Jamison, Ulysses Dove, Jerome Robbins, Bill T. Jones, Garth Fagan, Katherine Dunham, Hans van Manen and Carmen de Lavallade. Robinson has also performed at the televised Kennedy Center Awards. Other televised appearances include performing at President Clinton’s first inauguration, American Express advertisements, the Bill Cosby Special on Alvin Ailey and on the PBS special “A Hymm for Alvin Ailey”. In 2003, she performed at the White House State Dinner in honor of the President of Kenya, Mwai Kibaki In their 2006 season, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater celebrated Robinson's twenty-fifth year with the company; her tenure is the longest of any female dancer in the company's history.
2015 WOMAN OF VALOR
Established to honor artists whose artistic excellence and legacy have inspired hope around the world.
"Live with a dancing spirit. The stars in the heavens are dancing through space. The Earth never ceases to spin. All life is dancing: the trees with the wind, the waves on the sea, the birds, the fish, all are performing their own dance of life. Every living thing is dancing, and you must keep dancing too, for the rest of your life!" -Daisaku Ikeda
Woman of Valor
The 2017 Victory Dance Project recipient, the illustrious Ms Chita Rivera embodies everything about being a ‘Woman of Valor.’
Ms. Rivera is a beloved icon, legend, teacher and role model. She has an exceptional 10 Tony nominations, won two Tony’s and countless awards and accolades throughout her illustrious career including The Presidential Medal of Freedom presented by President Barack Obama, and the coveted Kennedy Center Honor.
She has created iconic roles in such landmark musicals as WEST SIDE STORY, BYE BYE BIRDIE, THE RINK, CHICAGO, KISS OF THE SPIDER WOMAN and THE VISIT. She has her own Great Performances PBS Special and last year she headlined at Carnegie Hall. AND in September she hits the road in a new concert tour with Tommy Tune. She’s dedicated to causes that concern us all and gives her time and energy so freely.
2017 WOMAN OF VALOR
2017 VICTORY AWARD WINNER
What happened when business-motivational speaker and self-made millionaire James Malinchak was picked up by an ABC television crew, placed on an airplane with no money, credit cards, cell phone, laptop or watch, and was whisked off to an impoverished neighborhood, where he had to survive on $44.66 cents for a week? The hour-long episode features Malinchak leaving his current lifestyle in search of real-life heroes who are making a difference in their local community. He ultimately reveals himself as a millionaire and rewards them with a portion of his own money to further their cause.
After growing-up in a small Pennsylvania steel-mill town near Pittsburgh as the son of a steelworker and a housewife – multi-millionaire James Malinchak is now one of most requested highest paid motivational and business speakers and business marketing coaches in America.
Since 2001, James’ strong passion for serving others has impacted hundreds of thousands by teaching his unique personal and business strategies through his corporate and college speaking, public seminars, private coaching, books and home study courses. He has dedicated his life to helping others “Achieve a Better, Richer Business and Life!”™
Giving back is a big part of James’ life and he has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for various organizations and has donated thousands of dollars of his own money to help others. Especially dear to his heart is helping kids create a successful future by developing the belief in themselves that they can overcome challenges and achieve their dreams and goals.