Fueling Innovation, Toyota Awards Grants to Mothers of Invention at Newsweek & The Daily Beast's Fourth Annual Women in the World Summit<7203.T>

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Five Women Leaders Recognized for Fostering Social Good
NEW YORK,  April 5, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- Innovation, creativity and courage are
being rewarded at the fourth annual Women in the World Summit.  Three Toyota
Driving Solutions grants of  $50,000  each were pledged today by Toyota for
women selected as "Mothers of Invention" at the Summit.  The  $150,000  in
grants were awarded to the recipients who are addressing some of today's most
pressing global problems with ingenuity. Recipients include  Kativa M. Shukla,
founder and CEO of  Fenugreen; Caitria O' Neill and Morgan O' Neill, co-founders
and chief executives of  Recovers.org; and  Sejal Hathi  and  Tara Roberts,
co-founders of  girltank.

"It's an honor to return as a sponsor of the Women in the World Summit," said 
Julie Hamp, Chief Communications Officer for Toyota in  North America, and
summit co-presenter. "Toyota is proud to demonstrate its ongoing commitment to
women by honoring the Mothers of Invention - courageous and innovative leaders
who are making a difference in their communities and the world."

Toyota awarded the Mothers of Invention honorees with  $50,000  grants to
recognize the recipients' creativity, drive and determination in fostering
social good while supporting their projects that impact positive change.  Toyota
also surprised the Mothers of Invention with an additional  $15,000  grant for
each of the women to "pay-it-forward" to another innovative organization or
cause of her choice.  The "pay-it-forward" grants were presented so that
honorees could help a budding Mother of Invention and continue to share good
ideas and make great things happen in the future.  

The Summit, hosted by  Newsweek & The Daily Beast  Editor-in-Chief  Tina Brown,
of which Toyota is the presenting sponsor, was held at the David H. Koch Theater
at  New York's Lincoln Center and featured two days of programming and panels
aimed at addressing urgent issues facing girls and women worldwide. This year's
participants included Meryl Streep, former Secretary of State  Hillary Clinton, 
Oprah Winfrey,  Tina Brown, Dr.  Hawa Abdi,  Tererai Trent, Ambassador  Susan E.
Rice,  Eva Longoria,  Michaela DePrince, Ambassador  Melanne Verveer,  Diane von
Furstenberg,  Anne Finucane,  America Ferrera,  Tom Hanks,  Lesley Stahl, 
Cynthia McFadden,  Patricia Amira  and many others.  

About the Mothers of Invention:

Kavita M. Shukla
Founder/CEO Fenugreen
Kavita Shukla  is the inventor and founder/CEO of Fenugreen, a social enterprise
addressing the major global challenge of food spoilage with a simple solution:
FreshPaper. Shukla developed FreshPaper in high school, after she discovered its
active ingredients in a home remedy given to her by her grandmother in  India.
The product allows users to keep produce fresh for up to four times longer than
has so far been possible. Today, FreshPaper is used by farmers and consumers
across the globe, and Fenugreen is establishing initiatives to benefit local
food banks in the U.S. and small-scale farmers in the developing world.

Caitria and Morgan O'Neill  
Founders of Recovers.org
After a tornado destroyed their  Massachusetts  home, the O'Neill sisters
created an online organizing platform to help disaster-stricken communities
quickly launch recovery efforts. In the immediate aftermath of a disaster, the
Recovers.org toolkit helps communities match local resources with local needs
using features such as volunteer management tools, donation databases and
information hubs to make disaster response smarter.

Tara Roberts  & Sejal Hathis
Founders of girltank.org
Girltank is an online crowd-funding platform that gives women and girls the
opportunity to share their social initiatives with the world, and offers donors
and investors an easy way to find and support these projects. Girltank provides
a much-needed infrastructure for girls starting promising projects and helps
them sustain their work and gain visibility as real innovators. Thus far,
girltank has mobilized approximately 1,500 women change-makers from 104
countries.

For more information about the Mothers of Invention and the 2013 Women in the
World Summit, please visit 
http://www.thedailybeast.com/sponsored/MothersofInvention.html.

About Toyota 
Toyota (NYSE:TM) established operations in  the United States  in 1957 and
currently operates 10 manufacturing plants. There are nearly 1,500 Toyota, Lexus
and Scion dealerships in the U.S. which sold more than two million vehicles in
2012. Toyota directly employs nearly 30,000 in the U.S. and its investment here
is currently valued at more than  $18 billion, including sales and manufacturing
operations, research and development, financial services and design. Toyota's
annual purchasing of parts, materials, goods and services from U.S. suppliers
totals more than  $23 billion. 

For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyota.com or
www.toyotanewsroom.com.

About Women in the World Summit
Newsweek & The Daily Beast's Women in the World Summit is centered on vivid
journalistic storytelling, featuring inspiring women and men from diverse
cultures and backgrounds. From CEOs and world leaders to artists, activists and
firebrand dissidents, the summit tells the stories of the courageous and
intelligent women who are battling the status quo in their countries, picking up
the pieces in the aftermath of war and shattering glass ceilings in every
sector. 

(Logo:  http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20030501/TOYLOGO)



SOURCE  Toyota


Sona Iliffe-Moon, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., (310) 294-7195,
sona_iliffe-moon@toyota.com; Angela Seits, Saatchi LA for Toyota, (310)
214-6033, angela.seits@saatchila.com

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