NEW YORK, Dec. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- L'Oreal Paris honored 10 women pursuing their passions and improving the lives of others through giving back to their communities at the 10th anniversary Women of Worth celebration last night.Former Honoree Lisa Williams received the first-ever Women of Worth Impact Award in celebration of the 10th anniversary to recognize her continued work in protecting sex trafficking victims. Over the past 10 years, L'Oreal Paris Women of Worth has empowered and honored 100 incredible women tackling some of society's most pressing issues, transforming tens of thousands of lives.
Three-term New York Mayor, philanthropist and entrepreneur, Michael R. Bloomberg joined the festivities to present the inaugural L'Oreal Paris Women of Worth Impact Award which recognizes a Women of Worth alumna who has demonstrated a continued commitment to her work. Bloomberg presented the award to Atlanta, Georgia native Lisa Williams, which included a $10,000 grant from L'Oreal Paris for her cause. A Women of Worth Honoree five years ago, Williams was noted for embodying the L'Oreal Paris philosophy that "Every Woman is Worth It," providing a safe haven for women and children who have been victimized by violence. Through her Circle of Friends and The Living Water Programs, she has worked to pass state legislation protecting these victims and expanded the organization's resources and impact from Georgia to multiple states across the country.
"It is an absolute honor to once again be recognized by L'Oreal Paris with the inaugural Women of Worth Impact Award," said Lisa Williams, founder of Circle of Friends and The Living Water Programs. "The Women of Worth program has played such an important part in expanding our work to champion women who need a safe haven, and this award and donation will only help to increase that impact to help more through their healing process."