On May 10th, Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudon and the YWCA Orange County hosted the 25th Annual Tribute to Women of Achievement. The event honored 6 outstanding women – all from different fields, and all making a huge impact in their communities.
“From the wide use of the Internet to the impact of social media, there have been many changes in the past 25 years, but the focus of the Orange County Tribute to Women of Achievement remains the same— celebrating the amazing women of Orange County and enabling these two agencies to continue to fulfill their respective and interconnected
missions,” says Patrica Page, Acting CEO of Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson.
Today, we are excited to introduce 2 of this year’s Honorees:
Kanisha E. Henderson recognized as “Ayo NiSh!” or “DJ Ms. Perfect Touch” is a multi talented rising Performing Artist. Nish is known as a Songwriter, DJ, Educator, and
Social Entrepreneur. With her positive infectious personality, the originality of her stage presence can be felt by all age groups and diverse cultural backgrounds while expressing her unique art.
Hailing from Newburgh, NY, a city struggling with youth and gun violence, Nish is committed to social transformation through the arts, working in partnership with the Department of Education to put programs into action. Nish has recently begun working with NYC cultural institutions, the Queens Museum and Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling. As a traveling performing artist, she has worked alongside of many highly favored entertainers throughout the United States and abroad.
“Being different means staying true to yourself. Imagine if we all did that?”, she asks.
Nish’s campaign, #iMaDTOD, incorporates her beliefs on self-love and empowerment. This campaign will follow her debut single, “D.T.O.D. (Different Type of Different”, from her Overdue Ep.
Combining her campaign efforts, while spreading the knowledge of “P.O.W. – Power of Words”, Nish is preparing for her multi-city high school tour to encourage this message.
“Understand that that the power of your words can give strength to your character.
Live to speak life.”- Nish
Heather Howley started Independent Helicopters at Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, New York, in 2008 at the age of 25. She offers flight instruction, aerial photography, power line and pipe line patrols, tours and scenic flights.
With well over 5000 hours of flight time, Heather is a Certified Instrument Flight Instructor (CFII) and Airline Transport Pilot flying both helicopters and airplanes. She opened her second flight school at Saratoga County Airport in the summer of 2013; and currently operates 6 helicopters and 1 flight simulator.
Heather discovered her love of flying while traveling across Europe in small planes. After returning to America and realizing she desperately wanted to learn to fly, she sold everything she owned and moved to San Diego where she worked two jobs while earning her private and commercial ratings, then moved to Colorado where she earned her instrument, flight instructor and instrument flight instructor ratings.
Heather is a Goldman Sachs 10,000 small business graduate, 40 under 40 Albany Business Review recipient for 2014 and received the 2013 Orange County Rising Star among other accolades.
“What girls need is role models to show them all that piloting has to offer. I had a 5-year-old girl come in with her bomber jacket and hat all ready to go because her grandpa was a pilot. Most girls have no idea it’s an option.” – Heather