MetLife LifeChanger Award

Together, JA Europe, MetLife and MetLife Foundation aim to empower the next generation of changemakers, innovators and business leaders through the development of key competencies in entrepreneurship. 
The MetLife LifeChanger Award aims to award student companies which best embrace the concepts social impact, financial performance and innovation in their business strategy while maintaining a realistic plan in today’s marketplace.

Award criteria

  1. Social Impact: how the business benefits the local community (local employment, engaging local suppliers, sponsorship of local teams/events, engaging with local agencies and networks, etc.).
  2. Strong financial performance: showing the ability to be profitable and competitive, bring benefits to shareholders and secure long-term growth and job security.
  3. Innovation: innovative approach of business solution.
“MetLife Foundation is committed to building financial health for all Encouraging and supporting entrepreneurship from an early age helps young people develop critical skills that will assist them in launching businesses or building careers. The MetLife LifeChanger Award recognizes the most innovative business ideas that are  both profitable and have a positive social impact on communities.” 
Dirk Ostijn, Head of EMEA, MetLife

Meet the Jury

Carolina Garnier

Head of Communication, Marketing and Strategic Projects, MetLife France.

Carolina Garnier is Head of Communication, Marketing and Strategic Projects at MetLife France. She has held several marketing, distribution, project management and international positions since joining MetLife in 2002 and previously in another insurance company. In her current role, she collaborates with all departments of the company to find the best customer solutions and develop business. She is result-oriented, enjoys challenges and is keen to develop the talents of her team members. She graduated from Ecole Supérieure de Commerce de Rouen and took advantage of an MBA exchange program in Bloomington, Indiana, USA, to deepen her marketing knowledge. A bicultural and bilingual (French and Swedish), Carolina strongly believes in the benefits of diversity and finds energy surrounded by nature and during her regular running sessions.

Louise Riche

International Communication, MetLife France

Louise Riche has been in charge of Internal Communication at MetLife France for 18 months. She writes the weekly newsletter and has written several articles for internal digital media. She also organizes all internal demonstrations, such as sports competitions, corporate events and CSR activities. Through her work, she likes to create links between departments and allow people to get to know each other better. She is finishing her Master Communication Degree at ISCPA Paris School, with specific focus on Crisis Communication, Influential Communication and Events. Previously, she was an intern for Renault, the French car manufacturer, in the Internal Communication department of the Flins Renault Factory.

About MetLife Foundation

At MetLife Foundation, we believe financial health belongs to everyone. We bring together bold solutions, deep financial expertise and meaningful grants to build financial health for people and communities that are underserved and aspire for more. We partner with organizations around the world to create financial health solutions and build stronger communities, engaging MetLife employees to help drive impact. To date, our financial health work has reached more than 6 million low-income individuals in 42 countries. To learn more about MetLife Foundation, visit