Vertkin, 29, started Found in Translation in 2011 in Boston to support and train homeless and low-income bilingual women to start careers as professional medical interpreters.

The organization attacks the twin challenges of economic disadvantages faced by minority women, as well as racial, ethnic, and linguistic disparities in health care. From 20 to 30 women graduate from the program each year, earning a certificate in medical interpretation and receiving career placement services.

Maria Vertkin Acceptance Speech

 

Ahenkorah and Vertkin Question and Answer Session

Ahenkorah and Vertkin answered questions from the audience after the prize ceremony. They discussed learning from failures, their top values, where they hope to be in 10 years, and how others can help.