From Skydiver to Speaker: The day I started to think big and dream bigger, my life changed forever.
At 21 years old, I threw myself out of a perfectly good aeroplane in New Zealand. That 60 seconds of adrenaline (and sheer terror) changed the course of my life forever. I decided to move to New Zealand to learn how to skydive with a firm goal of getting employed as a skydiving camerawoman.
It was a big goal as I didn’t know anything about skydiving or filming but none of that mattered because I knew I could have a go! After lots of hard work and determination, I landed my dream job and was getting paid to jump out of perfectly good aeroplanes up to ten times a day, every day! Achieving this goal gave me a huge self-belief that I can achieve whatever I put my mind to, including climbing to the summit of Mount Everest! The rest is history.
Holly Budge wins Gold Stevie® Award for ‘Woman of the Year in Non-Profit’.
Holly Budge, Founder and Chairman of UK Charity, How Many Elephants, recently won a Gold Stevie® Award for ‘Woman of the Year in Non-Profit’ in the 20th Stevie® Awards for Women in Business, held in New York City.
“I’m truly honoured to have won a Gold Stevie® Award for ‘Woman of the Year in Non-profit’. A huge thanks to the Stevie® Awards for recognising the work and impact of my non-profit, How Many Elephants and World Female Ranger Week. I’ve dedicated this award to all the inspiring female wildlife rangers I’ve had the privilege of working & patrolling with on the front line. Many have overcome great adversity and marginalisation and becoming rangers has empowered them, presenting opportunities and hope”.
Holly also received three Silver Stevie® Awards (below) for ‘Female Innovator of the Year in Non-Profit’, ‘Female Thought Leader of the Year in Non-Profit’ and ‘Most Innovative Woman of the Year in Non-Profit’.