According to a national study, the number one reason welfare to work programs fail is lack of reliable transportation. Herself a former single mother, Cantrell-Kraig established Women With Drive Foundation in order to build a collaborative solution to systemic generational poverty with a focus on providing not only the missing element of transportation, but the necessary component of process and structure for the participants they serve.
Profiled by The Christian Science Monitor and listed among the CNN10: Visionary Women, and featured as one of 32 global influencers in Social Media and Inspirational Leadership by the Huffington Post in February 2013, Cantrell-Kraig moved to Chicago in order to learn how to scale their organization nationally. Winner of one of three UberVENTURE awards for business given during TechweekCHI 2015, and ranking among the top 2.5% of pitches submitted, Women With Drive Foundation seeks to iterate their model here in Chicago to meet their goal.
Also a speaker covering topics as varied as building relationships between entrepreneurs and the media, women, poverty, social entrepreneurism, tech and impact investing, Cantrell-Kraig has appeared as either a speaker or panelist at NextGen:Charity in New York City; TechWeek Chicago and Pitch Week, Chicago. She was also invited to attend the premier episode of the Ricki Lake Show, in Los Angeles, where the episode featured online communities that had an impact offline.
Cantrell-Kraig has been profiled by The Shriver Report, the Women’s Media Center in Washington, DC, Women’s World Magazine and Autobody News. Women’s World, the Chicago Tribune, WGN Radio and and most recently on ABC7Chicago. You may find Cantrell-Kraig on Facebook or twitter.