Meet Panayiota

Panayiota Bertzikis is an investor, author, public speaker, and women’s rights activist who is one of the leaders fighting to end gender-based violence.

Panayiota has a microfund for alternative schools that serve marginalized communities that are often prohibited from attending formal schooling such as but not limited to: Refugee communities, Romany/Traveler communities, and Indigenous communities.

Panayiota Bertzikis is the founder of the Military Rape Crisis Center-an international organization whose mission is to end rape in the U.S military. She is the founder of Teal Lotus Yoga, an organization that provides donation-based yoga classes to communities impacted by violence. She is also the  managing editor of the award-winning blog, She was awarded numerous awards for her work with ending gender-based violence in the U.S Armed Forces and honored by members of the United States Congress.