Katie Hilborn, Founder & Executive Director of Global Orphan Prevention
Since 2006, Katie’s travels to twenty-seven countries and six continents have inspired her to help create positive change by being of service to those living in poverty and struggling in the developing world. As the Founder of Global Orphan Prevention, Katie has been able to keep mothers and children together through social entrepreneurship, microfinancing, a safe birthing program, and education to help reduce sex trafficking, increasingly alarming newborn mortality rates, and for-profit orphan homes where a vast majority of children have living parents.
Currently, she is working on a social entrepreneurship program to help eradicate child trafficking in Nepal by investing in cash crops (chili and cardamom farming.) Her hope is that these income generating activities will contribute to empowering the marginalized indigenous communities. Her book about the 2015 Nepal Earthquake Relief Efforts is set to debut in 2018.
For her hard and inspiring work, she was awarded as the runner-up for Millennial Week’s Changemaker of the year and appeared in Award-winning recording artist Michael Franti’s music video Good to be Alive Today, which was featured on the Today Show and blogged by Virgin’s founder Richard Branson.
Her humanitarian work has been featured on the ABC Chicago Morning Show and in the Chicago Daily Herald, and various other media outlets.
In her spare time Katie enjoys practicing Eastern philosophies such as Buddhism and Yoga, ancient energy healing practices such as Reiki and Qi-Gong, as well as diving into Shamanism. She reads many works on theoretical physics and quantum mechanics to help scientifically define the spiritual realm. She enjoys snowboarding, caving, whitewater rafting, scuba diving, and getting thrown into the unknown.
“The weirder, the better,” – Katie Hilborn