Mars Honors 20 Change-Making Women Through M&M’s Flipping the Status Quo Program


Newark, NJ — In celebration of International Women’s Day, Mars Wrigley’s M&M’s brand has revealed the 20 winners of its Flipping the Status Quo program.

According to the company, the women were nominated by friends, family and colleagues for positively impacting the communities around them and paving new paths for those who follow, redefining what happiness and success look like for women everywhere. Each of the winners will receive a $10,000 grant to further fund their missions.

“The M&M’s brand is committed to using the power of fun to create a world where everyone feels they belong,” says Gabrielle Wesley, CMO, Mars Wrigley North America. “The winners of the M&M’s Flipping the Status Quo program are breaking barriers and positively impacting their communities across the U.S., creating a space for more incredible women to follow in their footsteps. Their immense efforts to flip the status quo in areas such as well-being, equality, education, and inclusion are an inspiring example of how harnessing the power of fun through meaningful passions and initiatives, can help to create a world where everyone feels they belong.”

The 20 winners include:

  • Ahna Miller
  • Angie Wallace
  • Cat Smith and Kiah Gibian
  • Consuelo Poland
  • Courtney Pettway
  • Emily White
  • Gretchen Evans
  • Janet Huger-Johnson
  • Kathy Meyer
  • Kimberly Iozzi
  • Leah Meyerhoff
  • Liz Maday
  • Lynne Hughes
  • Magybet Mendez
  • Marissa Soria
  • Melanie Adams
  • Neha Shukla
  • Tiffany Yu
  • Veronika Scott

Earlier this year, Mars released its first-ever candy packs spotlighting the female M&M’s characters. The limited-edition product features Purple, Brown and Green on inspirational packaging, and is the first united representation of the female trio spokescandies.

As part of the campaign, Mars is providing nearly $1 million in support for organizations that are committed to uplifting and empowering women. $1 from every limited-edition pack sold (totaling up to $500k) will go towards supporting She Is The Music and We Are Moving the Needle. 

Additional donations (totaling up to $400k) outside of the packs will be made to Female Founder Collective, Geena Davis Institute On Gender and Media and the 20 nominated women who are flipping the status quo, as part of the overall program.