Kim DeFiori, MBA ’20, made history twice April 12: She is the co-founder of the first nonprofit to win the Student Business of the Year award and also the first executive MBA student to win the award.
DeFiori graduated from West Point in 2008 and served in the Army’s military police force for nine years, including a deployment to Afghanistan. Her experience with post-traumatic stress disorder prompted her to create Badges United Foundation. The nonprofit aims to enhance the well-being of first responders – who are more likely to die from suicide than in the line of duty – by hosting free recreational events such as hiking and kayaking, where certified coaches teach them about wellness.
“We teach them how to sleep better, exercise and eat a little better,” DeFiori said. “The hope is they gain some knowledge to develop their wellness, but they also network with other first responders. … We want to make sure that our local heroes are taken care of.”