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Cynthia Germanotta            

Co-Founder of the Born This Way Foundation with Daughter Lady Gaga; WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Mental Health

Cynthia Bissett Germanotta is a WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Mental Health and President of Born This Way Foundation, which she co-founded with her daughter Lady Gaga. Under Germanotta's leadership, the Foundation has connected with tens of thousands of young people across the world, launching innovative youth-focused programming, and conducting cutting edge research to improve the understanding of mental wellness.

Germanotta, Lady Gaga, and Born This Way Foundation have been the recipient of numerous honors, including the National Council for Behavioral Health’s Award of Excellence, the Family Online Safety Institute’s award for Outstanding Achievement, the National Association of School Psychologists Special Friend to Children Award, the Anti-Defamation League’s "No Place for Hate" Making a Difference Award, and the President’s Medal of Excellence from the Teachers College, Columbia University. Logo also named the Foundation "Most Innovative Charity" at their annual NewNowNext Awards in 2013.

Germanotta is a former telecommunications executive whose career in sales and management spanned twenty-five years. A graduate of West Virginia University, she earned her Masters Degree in Public Administration from The George Washington University.

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