NAME & AGE:
ATTI WORKU - 33
Founder and CEO of Seeds of Africa Foundation
A little background:
I was born and raised in Adama, Ethiopia. In 2000, I moved to Addis Ababa (Ethiopia's Capital) to study computer science in college. While in college I began my career as a model. I also started participating in beauty pageants, in 2003, I was scouted by a pageant judge to continue my modeling career in South Africa. Then I moved to Johannesburg, then Cape Town and continued modeling for a couple of years, I was featured on Elle, Oprah and Shape Magazines just to name a few.
In 2005, I became Miss Ethiopia and participated in the Miss Universe Pageant in Thailand. After Miss Universe, I moved to Dallas and signed with the Campbell Agency and lived here until 2008. After moving to New York in 2008, I continued modeling and began the ground work for Seeds of Africa. A few years later, I decided to end my modeling career and go back to finish college, I went to Columbia University and recently graduated, Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Sustainable Development. Currently, I work for Seeds of Africa full time.
During the time I lived in Dallas, my older brother Anteneh and I decided to start a foundation to deal with issues we saw growing up in Ethiopia. Mainly the lack of access to world-class quality education to underprivileged children. My vision for Seeds of Africa has always been to fight poverty through education. When you provide life changing education to children, you are giving them the tools they need to solve problems as adults, and the opportunity to come out of chronic poverty.
How we do this at Seeds of Africa is we provide free education, school meals, uniforms, school supplies to children starting at a very young age (Pre-Kindergarten), we designed our own curriculum that allows children to become creative problem solvers. In addition, we work with families to improve their household income and quality of life through our programs that provide adult literacy, health education and access to financial credit. Because of the way we deliver education, we have been name the best elementary school out of over 100 schools in Adama, Ethiopia.
Beauty regimens and tips:
My main regimen is cleaning my face twice a day, and using eye cream and sun screen. I never use foaming soap on my face, because it dries it out. I also exfoliate my face and put a mask on once a week, it helps to get rid of all the dead skin cells. The rest is really just drinking a lot of water and getting enough sleep. When I was in school I started getting breakouts, and my dermatologist told me its because I put my hand on my chin when I am reading etc, so I now try to keep my hands away from my face.
Here's a quick tip that I think can work for anyone... when my eyes are swollen, I use either eye masks (cold) or a cold slice of potato because the starch does a great job absorbing all the puffiness.
My favorite beauty brand from DFW is Renee Rouleau I love how her products are catered to different skin types and allows the user to choose the skin type before they find the right product. Oh, and I love the facials at ESPA at The Joule!
We know you've got quite an event happening TONIGHT, tell us a little about it.
Chefs and Seeds (EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNTED TICKETS $75- USE PROMO CODE: chefsandseeds) is the official launch of our Dream School Campaign which will continue with events in New York, Chicago, Paris and London and culminate in a groundbreaking ceremony in Adama Ethiopia, next Fall. This campaign is to raise funds to build our first School Building that will house our existing programs and allow us to serve more children. The dream School upon completion will serve over 600 children between Pre-K and 12th grade as well as the larger community of Adama.
The evening will bring together 13 of the most talented and highly acclaimed chefs from the area to entice our guests with delicious food, drinks, and music, ALL for a wonderful cause! The menu will capture the exotic and aromatic essence of Ethiopian cuisine for an extraordinary culinary event joining John Tesar of Knife at The Palomar, Sharon Van Meter of 3015 at Trinity Groves, Andrew Bell of Bolsa, and Top Chef alum, Tiffany Derry, among many others.
Last question, any local DFW woman you would love to have dinner with?
There are many amazing DFW women I would love to have dinner with. Dallas is full of women who have dedicated their lives to philanthropy which I truly admire and its hard to choose one. If I have to choose, I would say it is Mrs. Laura Bush particularly for the excellent work she is doing with the Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon Campaign to address the issue of Cervical Cancer and Breast Cancer in Sub Saharan Africa and Latin America. They just launched PRRR in Ethiopia and I am thrilled to see the work they will do there.