Paige Chenault is the founder of The Birthday Party Project, a non-profit that throws birthday parties for children in homeless shelters. She worked for years as a wedding and event planner. In 2008, pregnant with her first child and thinking about the birthday parties she would throw for her daughter, Paige was inspired to volunteer to throw monthly birthday parties for children at a homeless shelter in Dallas.

Taking her passion for helping others and her ability to plan spectacular and meaningful events, Paige quit her job in 2012 and decided that celebrating others was her purpose in life and The Birthday Party Project was born. She tells a story of a little girl who didn’t know what candles were or that she should blow them out to make a wish – because she had never had a birthday party. Today, The Birthday Party Project brings the magic of birthday parties for children in homeless shelters every month in 14 cities. Paige’s hope is to expand to more cities to help more children experience something so many take for granted.

Paige Chenault

Since its inception in 2012, Toyota has cultivated the Toyota Mothers of Invention program by not only awarding more than $1 million to these women-led companies with Driving Solutions grants, but also facilitating networking opportunities, building relevant connections, and providing access to intellectual capital to help their organizations go places. These women, who are leading the charge to work on issues like homelessness, education, food, water, energy, and more, come from all over the world, and are using innovation to create lasting and sustainable impact.

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