The Hockaday School is proud to present the 2022 Ela Hockaday Distinguished Alumna Award to Ivy Awino, Class of 2008. This award recognizes those alumnae who – by virtue of their vocations, visions, and passions – have a transformative effect on their communities, professions, and families. The Ela Hockaday Distinguished Alumna Award also honors women who are leaders in their fields and who can be expected to lead Hockaday girls and women well into the School’s second century.
With this award, the School celebrates the foundation Miss Hockaday created for generations of students and recognizes her spirit that is embodied by each recipient of this prestigious honor.
“I want to be remembered as the Daisy that grew from concrete,” said Ivy. “The foundation of the woman I am today was built on and guided by Ela Hockaday’s cornerstones; her vision of the values and characteristics that would distinguish graduates of this illustrious institution as reference points for all other stones laid subsequent to them.”
Ivy Awino, known to most as DJ Poizon Ivy, is a force to be reckoned with, and not just in sports and music. Through her trusted voice, Ivy is a mover and shaker of culture, shifting ideas and perspectives through communication, collaboration, and creativity.
Ivy’s career in music and entertainment has afforded her the opportunity to work with some of the biggest names and brands in the industry such as the NBA, WNBA, Basketball Africa League, the NFL, Twitter, Nike, Afropunk, Moet Hennessy, ESPN, Google, and Spotify, among others. In 2016, Ivy became the first-ever female team DJ for the Dallas Mavericks franchise, the second ever in NBA history, and is a four-time NBA All-Star DJ (2018, 2019, 2020, 2022).
The Emmy-winning and 2019 Forbes Under 30 honoree prides herself on being able to cultivate community not only in real life but via social media as well. Her bubbly, positive, and edgy personality allows her the means to discuss motherhood, health and wellness, sports, entertainment, and style through the creation of content. In addition, Ivy works tirelessly to give back and bring awareness, access, and opportunity to underprivileged youth with an interest in nontraditional jobs in sports and entertainment. Ivy is also the proud mother of a current Hockaday student.
“Ivy is a true superstar,” said Kelsey Swingle Roberts ’05, Hockaday Alumnae Association President. “She quickly rose to the top of a male-dominated industry, making an incredible name for herself in the music and sports world alike, all while continuing to give back to her local and international communities and raising a young Hockaday student. We are thrilled to honor her as the Ela Hockaday Distinguished Alumna this year. Ivy is an inspiration to the entire Hockaday community!”
“Ivy Awino ’08 is an inspiration to all Hockaday students and members of the Hockaday Alumnae Association,” said Landy Elliott Fox ’92, Immediate Past President, Hockaday Alumnae Association. “Her distinguished career in sports and music, combined with her service to underprivileged youth in the local community, represents a wonderful example of an alumna who embraced her educational foundation and experience at Hockaday to lead a life of purpose and impact. Ivy embodies all the qualities celebrated through the Ela Hockaday Distinguished Alumna Award. It was an absolute honor to present her with this award.”