Make A Difference

What’s Stopping You?

by Rebecca Barry, I Am A Girl

Posted on September 27, 2011

Rebecca Barry is a director, writer and producer of documentary and drama films and a graduate from the Australian Film Television and Radio School. Her films have screened at Melbourne International Film Festival, Sydney International Film Festival, St Kilda Short Film Festival, Flickerfest, ATOM, WOW and Columbia University USA. She has been the recipient of many awards including winning the Best Student Documentary prize at the Australian International Documentary conference 2003, the AFTRS Film Australia Award 2003 and was the recipient of the AFTRS Screen Critics Circle award for Best Director and Best Film. She was also a nominee for the Emerging Talent Award by the Screen Critics Circle 2003 and recently Highly Commended at the 2009 Australian Directors Guild Awards.

Her work as director or producer include:
Footy Chicks (SBS), Inspiring Teachers (SBS), Home and Away (Channel 7), The Surgeon (Channel 10), You Am I – The Cream and The Crock (DVD release), Beats Across Borders (ABC), Dunstan Baby Language (DVD release), The Space In Between, The McDonagh Sisters (SBS), A Modern Marriage (SBS), Overture (ABC).

Tweets @iamagirldoco

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Change the World Through Social Media

by Shana Douglas, CultureMASH

Posted on August 30, 2011

Shana Douglas – CultureMASH Founder
“I believe that our success in life is truly measured by the impact we have on other people’s lives.  In each of us, there is the ability to do great things and make a difference by serving and helping others. To find a group of individuals who feel the same and want to give something back is a blessing and CultureMASH I hope will bring a new level of volunteerism to our region and change the lives of many for the better.”

Tweets @ShanaDouglas

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Create Awareness for Your Passion Project

by Heather Fordham, Boot Campaign

Posted on August 19, 2011

The word busy is not in Boot Girl Heather’s vocabulary. By most standards people would run for their slippers and a couch at first-glance of her calendar! She is however, wired to be on-the-go at every turn in life and she doesn’t even drink coffee! Little wonder she left the corporate world of Public Relations, mostly out of the need to become free of panty hose and the office cubicle. Who could blame her after spending most of her life on a soccer field? Containing her energy, passion for life and serving others would be a terrible waste given she’s coached countless individuals to a healthy lifestyle as a personal trainer.

Heather was born in McAllen, TX and progressively migrated in a triangular fashion across the southern part of the state. A graduate of Texas A&M with a degree in Communications, Heather turned her love of fitness into a full-time job. Her fitness regime and management of Prescription Fitness in Houston even caught the attention of People Magazine.

Heather joined forces with friend and fellow Boot Girl Leigh Ann to start an event planning business in the Houston area when it became evident she still didn’t understand the meaning of the word “busy”. This merger laid the foundation for her involvement in the start-up of the Boot Campaign where she is the Volunteer and Events Coordinator for the campaign; a role she shares with Boot Girl Leigh Ann of course!

Connect with Heather on Twitter @TheBootGirls

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How can one woman make a difference in the world?

by Courtney Martin, Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists

Posted on August 17, 2011

>>Courtney E. Martin is a writer, teacher, and speaker, living in Brooklyn. Her latest book Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists was just published to critical acclaim. Seal Press published her first anthology, co-edited with J. Courtney Sullivan, entitled Click: When We Became Feminists, last spring.

She is also a widely-read freelance journalist and Editor at She is a Senior Correspondent for The American Prospect and her work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Newsweek, and the Christian Science Monitor, among others.

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How can women make the world a better place while making their dreams come true?

by Josselyne Herman-Saccio, JHA Management

Posted on July 22, 2011

>>Josselyne Herman-Saccio, producer, manager,author, philanthropist and educator, has been producing for more than 25 years. She managing the careers of over 80 actors/writers/directors. In addition to her company to founded the non profit UNITED GLOBAL SHIFT and leads programs for Landmark Education, a global transformative education company. She lives in NY with her husband, three children, dog and bird. Her books THE PROMISE EFFECT, PEACE PROMISES and SO YOU WANNA BE A NEW YORK ACTOR? can be found on AMAZON.

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Effect Change with Twitter

by Laura Fitton,

Posted on July 6, 2011

>>Laura “@Pistachio” Fitton founded (@oneforty) to help people understand Twitter and the exploding ecosystem of applications and services built on it. Called “the app store for Twitter” by TechCrunch, oneforty is the directory with all of these thousands of apps and leads a community that creates reviews and conversations to guide each other to solutions that help them get more out of Twitter. She is also the co-author of Twitter for Dummies (@dummies). Once dubbed the “Queen of Twitter,” she is credited with explaining Twitter’s value to Guy Kawasaki and dozens of other tech leaders. She founded the first Twitter for Business consultancy, Pistachio Consulting in 2008 and has been speaking professionally about the business use of Twitter since 2007. She has been quoted in dozens of national publications on the topic of Twitter, including BusinessWeek, Forbes, Fortune, Newsweek and the Wall Street Journal. Laura lives in the Boston area with her two daughters and two dogs.

Tweets @oneforty

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How can we start living a cause-filled life?

by Sloane Berrent, The Causemopolitan

Posted on July 4, 2011

>>Sloane Berrent is the founder of Answer With Action, an integrated marketing, public relations and fundraising consultancy specializing in cause-based campaigns. A former Kiva Fellow, she is the co-creator of “Cause It’s My Birthday,” a nationwide malaria prevention campaign. In January 2010, Sloane attended the World Economic Forum as the citizen journalist for MySpace and The Wall Street Journal. She is a nationally recognized speaker on community building and “cause-filled living” and writes on her blog, The Causemopolitan.  Currently residing in New Orleans, she co-founded NOLAlicious, a weekly e-newsletter about New Orleans and organized the first CrisisCampNOLA and Gulf Coast Benefit series.

Tweets @sloane

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Girls Who Rock

by She’s the First, Girls Who Rock

Posted on June 9, 2011

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On behalf of the students who make up this year’s all-volunteer, all-under-30 team producing GIRLS WHO ROCK, a benefit concert for non-profit She’s the First, I invite you to join us at Gramercy Theatre on Friday, June 10th. Encourage your colleagues and friends to meet you for a drink and a show of 5 amazing female voices — 8pm to midnight! (7pm for VIP tickets, open bar & food included!)

Tickets are on sale now, and it’s a good idea to buy online because the event is during Internet Week New York — this guarantees you a ticket! (starring JoJo, Nina Sky, Nikki Jean, KimberlyNichole, Eddy, DJ Kiss with emcee Touré!)

She’s the First sponsors girls’ education in the developing world so they can be first in their families to graduate. In countries like Uganda, where GIRLS WHO ROCK’s goal is to raise at least $20,000 to sponsor 42 girls at the Arlington Academy of Hope, less than 20% of girls graduate high school. Another first, on a local NYC level, is that we have taken high school and college students through their first live production from beginning to end, teaching them the importance of collaboration, making the connection to the students in Uganda, and letting them create and problem solve!

So if you think you are coming out for the students in Uganda, you definitely are, but you’re also boosting these students’ confidence in their abilities to change the world. And for you, it’s one incredibly fun and fulfilling Friday night.

If you won’t be in town, you can still support the cause at — $100% of donations that She’s the First receives reaches the girls in Uganda!


Tammy Tibbetts
President/Founder |
Co-Founder |

Tweets @GirlsWhoRockNY and @shesthefirst

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Make the Break

by Buhach Role of Women in Society Class, Make the Break

Posted on March 25, 2011

Are You a Trailblazing Woman?
By Annie Delgado

Are you a woman who is helping to change the world? Do you want to be an inspiration to young trailblazers and thus reshape the nation’s, and possibly the world’s, future?

I teach a class called The Role of Women in Society & U.S. History. The course began in January 2008 with 25 students. We now have 120.

The goal of the class is to imagine the potential the human race could achieve if each gender were encouraged to put their strengths to work in a collaborative effort. By appreciating the strengths of everyone, students strive to learn who they are at their core and to create a strong and healthy path upon which to move forward. Students come to understand that no one is limited by their past choices. Instead, everyone has an opportunity to define themselves and their trail.

In many ways, this class is a huge success – enrollment has more than quadrupled since its inception, and the alumni have taken the message of women’s empowerment out into their communities. But something is missing – we need more trailblazing women to come talk to this class – to show our students how women are making a difference – and how our students can make a difference!

I have extended invitations – many of which have been met with standard rejection letters. But two women have shown my students just what women can do. In January of 2010, the first female White House Press Secretary, Dee Dee Myers, met with my students when we visited Washington, D.C. Then in December of 2010, Maria Shriver, as First Lady of California, agreed to meet with my class. How inspiring it was to see someone committed to working with women reach out to the next generation. Her thoughtful and honest answers to questions posed by the students left them feeling that the world held endless possibilities. Meeting with these women not only strengthened the resolve of my students, but also brought new life to the program.

So my plea to you is – if you are a woman changing the world – or you know someone who, like Dee Dee Myers and Maria Shriver, is changing the course of history, will you consider spending an hour of your precious time – in person or by Skype or satellite — passing it on to the next generation, my class at Buhach Colony High School in Atwater, California?

The students will inspire you and touch your life. They will ask questions that push you to places you don’t usually go. They are eagerly waiting to learn from you and to grow from your knowledge and experience.

If you are interested, please email me at …. adelgado at or respond in the comments, and I will get in touch with you.

Thank you.

Annie Delgado is a teacher at Buhach and adjunct professor at Chapman University who believes in her students and their ability to bring about positive changes in our world. Visit the Buhach Role of Women in Society Class Facebook page to learn more.

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Class blog:

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Plan Wisely to Give Freely: 2011 Charitable Giving Strategy

by Kim Bourne, Playfair Planning Services

Posted on February 28, 2011

A lifelong New Yorker, Kim was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and graduated from Pace University. She is Values Based Financial Planner and the owner of Playfair Planning Services. Kim and her team help their clients to ensure that every financial decision that they make for the rest of their lives will be completely aligned with their most important goals and their most deeply held values.

As a Values Based Financial Planner, Kim knows firsthand the challenges that families face in getting their financial houses in order and keeping them that way now, and for generations to come. She is intimately aware of the issues getting in the way of creating stewardship and legacies. As a result, she has dedicated her practice to three things:

  • Being a trusted advisor to 50 of America’s Finest Families
  • Being a resource to influential female leaders in the NYC business community  to help them strengthen and maintain their financial security
  • Facilitating a workshop that she created entitled, Timeless Values: How to Create Childhood Experiences For Adult Happiness TM

Kim is also a devoted wife and mother of three children. A swimmer and tennis player, Kim likes any place that has a good beach, and when she travels, it’s often to a beachfront destination with good books in tow. She also enjoys being involved in her children’s Scout troops, volunteering for the Parent Association at The Berkeley Carroll School, and serving as a Trustee at The Brooklyn Heights Montessori School. She lives a balanced life by blending her passions, and helps her clients do the same through her career.

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