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3rd Annual


To Our 2021 Honorees!

The EPIC Innovation Awards honors outstanding individuals and organizations,

across industries, who are making an innovative and inspiring impact in the world.

Our honorees accepted their awards virtually in 2021 due to the global pandemic.

Share in our celebration of their accomplishments below:



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The EPIC Impact Award was presented to Kathy Ireland because of her innovative approach to career entrepreneurship and social impact. She is a former fashion model, film & tv actor, author, furniture designer and worldwide manufacturer of products such as fitness videos and apparel, selling in as many as 14 countries. Her brand of products has generated $2 Billion in annual retail sales. In a British Vogue article, she was named the 'World's Richest Model'.  Ireland is a philanthropist who supports social causes such as fighting poverty, and charities that benefit At-Risk-Youth. She's served as an ambassador for 9-1-1 Kids.  Ireland was presented with an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by the California State University, which stated that she "generously uses her power and influence to benefit others, supporting social causes including empowering women, supporting young girls through mentoring, and providing opportunities for girls and women at risk.

The EPIC Community Engagement Award was presented to Organic Soup Kitchen because of their epic community engagement which has resulted in innovative humanitarian benefits. They use plant-based, nutritionally dense foods to support prevention and recovery for cancer and chronically ill patients, and serve to those within the community facing financial hardship.

The EPIC Legend Award was presented to, Floyd Norman. He has played a life-long defining role in expanding and transforming his area of cultural and creative influence in the business of entertainment. He's worked for Walt Disney Studios, Pixar, Hanna-Barbera and more. He has demonstrated a life of exemplary accomplishments through story-telling as an animator, writer and comic book artist. He contributed his talents to  iconic films such as, Sleeping Beauty, One Hundred and One Dalmatians, The Jungle Book, Sword in the Stone, Monsters Inc., Mulan, Toy Story 2 and the Hunchback of Notre Dame.  Floyd has several books of cartoons and authored a semi-biographical primer, titled: Animated Life: A Lifetime of tips, tricks, techniques and stories from an Animation Legend (Animation Masters). 

The EPIC Educator Award was presented to Santa Barbara Maritime Museum for their innovative approach to inspire the public through hands-on educational experiences. Founded by a group of fishermen, divers, and sailors who are a part of this exciting history, SBMM centered on interactivity and the founders envisioned it as a place where the public could experience maritime culture without leaving the harbor. The museum has nearly 8,000 square feet of exhibits, and a docking space for three historic vessels and a 5,000 sq. ft off-site warehouse for storage of an artifact collection. The 88-seat, high-definition Munger Theater provides a venue for films, lectures, and panel discussions on all things maritime.

The EPIC Artist Award was presented to artist, Candy Chang. She has demonstrated outstanding creative, artistic accomplishments, through the activation of public spaces throughout the world. She is most known for her 2011 participatory public artwork Before I Die, which reimagines how the walls of our cities can help us grapple with mortality and meaning as a community today. Over 5,000 Before I Die walls have been created by communities in over 75 counties, and The Atlantic called it “one of the most creative community projects ever.”  Chang is a TED Senior Fellow, Urban Innovation Fellow and World Economic Forum Young Global Leaders. Her work has been featured in Venice Architecture Biennale, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and the Smithsonian America Art Museum.

James Storehouse was honored with the EPIC Inspiration Award for the charitable services that they directly provide to Foster Youth. With over 400,000 foster youth in the US today, the organization is a social change agent and a signifiant inspiration, providing essential supplies and compassionate support for kids in foster care from cribs to college.

T h a n k  Y o u  F o r  Y o u r  I n g e n u i t y!

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