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Diversity & InclusioN

 

vIP OnLine SCREENINg SALON Series  



 

Join us online for any or all of these five consecutive Tuesdays for compelling screened content, shared conversation and group connection with our Featured Guests.and each other. 

As usual, there is no cost to participate in public salons, though contributions to Support Our Featured Guests are very welcome. Click here for a video recap of a Past Screening Salon.

SERIES THEME:

As society becomes more diverse, inclusiveness becomes more important at all levels of society and across sectors. However headlines and sound bites often keep us at arms' distance from our fellow human beings, obscuring the personal experiences of individuals who walk on paths unfamiliar to us. While bringing diversity to communities and organizations is an important first step, it is inclusion that makes the real difference in how we relate to one another.

Especially in recent years, a clear mandate has emerged that dictates that diverse groups must be properly acknowledged and represented at all socioeconomic and social levels. But it doesn't stop there. Inclusion applies to where we live and work, as well as to academia, sports, governance, land use and elsewhere.

Thanks to our Featured Guests and the screened content they will share with us, this is where we'll find ourselves in this Spring series. Join us as we go behind the images and headlines for a different look at Diversity & Inclusion. 

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Session 1:  The Road to Justice

Featured Guests:  Co-Directors Brendan Hall & Kaliya Warren

 

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To start off the series, we will experience the power of place-based learning to better understand the Civil Rights Movement.  

The Road to Justice follows two groups on a unique tour through the American South as they reckon with the country's legacy of racial injustice. The first is a group of predominantly Black middle school students from Chicago, and the second is a group of older, mostly White Americans who lived through the 1960s Civil Rights era. Both groups come face to face with the leaders and activists whose courage and perseverance paved the way for future generations.

The film is a testament to the power of direct experience and authentic communication to serve as bridges for transformational change, both within ourselves and in the world at large.

 

SCREENED CONTENT & FEATURED GUESTS

Though each salon stands on its own, this series offers various perspectives to more fully connect with the theme and fellow participants. Sign up here to receive announcements while the series is underway.

  • These online salons are free to attend, though 100% of all contributions Support our Featured Guests.

  • Space is limited, so book early, one salon at a time.  

  • What's a screening salon?  Here's a short clip, and hope we'll be seeing you soon!

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Thank you to Video Project for supporting this series, with access to The Road to Justice, Becoming More Visible and What Are You?   More

Session 3:  What Are You?

Featured Guest:  Richard B. Pierre, Director, Producer & Writer

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According to updated 2020 Census data, the multiracial population in the U.S. increased by 276%, from 9 million to 33.8 million people... in just ten years. At this pace, Americans under 35 could become a multicultural majority as early as this year.  

What Are You invites us into the lives of multiracial people as they reveal the struggles of living in a racially divided world. Eleven people with a range of backgrounds share what it’s like being of mixed racial heritage within the context of North America. Each of the participants, including Richard Pierre our Featured Guest, will offer us a unique perspective on growing up mixed and of the challenges they’ve faced in their lives.

 

Session 2:  Becoming More Visible

Featured Guest*:  Pamela French, Producer, Director & Editor

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Are you Male or Female?  For the four fearless young transgender adults featured in Becoming More Visible, this is not a simple question. During this salon, we will get a better sense of their respective journeys as they defy social norms to be their true selves and become more visible.

In the film, we'll meet Sean, a trans male comedian from a small affluent town in upstate New York;  Katherine, a Bangladeshi trans girl from a family steeped in cultural traditions;  Olivia, who had to leave her family in Atlanta and enter the shelter system in order to be the woman she knows she is, and Morgin, a fully transitioned woman pursuing her musical ambitions as she makes her way in the world.

*Along with our Featured Guest, Pamela French, we might have some special guests with us, too.

Session 4:  Miss Lillian:  More Than a President's Mother

Featured Guest: Steven Ullman 

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According to AARP, age discrimination begins when we hit our 50s, but neither age nor racial barriers stopped Lillian Carter. An early civil rights activist, she was a hardworking nurse, an entrepreneur and served in The Peace Corps at age 70.  She was an outspoken, all-around “fierce” woman who held unconventional beliefs for her time and place.  She embodied the best of American ideals, including living a life of purpose and inclusion.

Miss Lillian is as timeless as the life she lived. The film, Miss Lillian: More Than A President’s Mother, is a poetic revelation of her life, as told by her friends and family who knew her best.

Along with a powerful interview with her son, President Jimmy Carter, the film also features Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, Sam Donaldson, Tommy Lasorda, and the people of Plains, Georgia. 

 

Session 5:  Closing Salon

Featured Guests: Our Entire Group

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Join us for this even more interactive salon when we will integrate our previous salon experiences to focus on connecting even more with the series theme and with each other. 

Support our Featured Guests

  • In lieu of a booking fee, please make a contribution to Support Our Featured Guests.

  • 100% of your contribution will be split among them to support their work.

Join us online for 4 Tuesdays in September/October for compelling screened content, shared conversation and group connection with our Featured Guests... and each other. 

As usual, there is no cost to participate in these online salons, though contributions to Support Our Featured Guests are very welcome. Also, since space is limited, we encourage you to book each salon early. 

THEME:

There are SO many ways to take a stand, and they don't have to be through acts of agression.

A year and a half ago, both on the screen and in our post-screening group conversations, we encountered champions of the environment and of girls' and women's rights. Among them were Ted Turner, Laura Seydel, Dr. Vandana Shiva and Camilla and Jim Becket... as well as Melissa Berton, Ruby Schiff and the girls and women they featured in their Oscar-winning documentary, Period. End of Sentence.

 

This time, we'll explore TAKING A STAND in a completely different way.

Instead of protest marches and warfare, we will experience the impact and ripples that come from acts of courage, love, leadership and service.

TAKING A STAND Part 2

   

Fall '22 OnLine SCREENINg SALON Series 
 

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SCREENED CONTENT & FEATURED GUESTS

 

Session 1:  9/11: Stories of Survival and Service

This film served as the centerpiece for the 9/11 Memorial & Museum’s Anniversary in the Schools program, highlighting the extraordinary stories from four ordinary individuals who directly experienced 9/11... a civilian who escaped from above the impact zone of the North Tower,  a Port Authority Police Officer who survived the collapse of the South Tower, a first-responding firefighter and a daughter who honors  the memory of her father by raising awareness for those facing 9/11-related illnesses. Together, they offer a moving portrait of those affected by the attacks and offer insights into 9/11’s ongoing legacy today.

  • Film Trailer

  • Featured Guests:  

    • Noah Rauch, Senior Vice President for Education & Public Programs, 9/11 Memorial & Museum

    • David Lim, Lieutenant, Port Authority Police Department (ret.)

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Session 2:  Finding Courage*  

In this feature-length documentary film, we go behind the scenes of modern-day China. The film opens with an old Chinese saying, "the family is the essential unit of human society, and you must honor and defend your family".  A former journalist for the Chinese Communist Party, Yi Fei Wang, does just that, risking everything for her family.  She is seeking justice for the murder of her sister at the hands of the Chinese authorities. While living in exile in San Francisco, she struggles to settle into life in the United States as she works to heal her family’s wounds from their tragic past.

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Session 3:  Shaping Solutions:  Women Leaders for Climate Justice  

Children and young people have been left with an uncertain—and likely unsafe—future. As the curator and moderator of this panel for the Skoll World Forum, Pat convened 5 female panelists with an almost unparalleled wealth of experience not only in climate change, but in ‘climate justice’, the deep injustice to nature itself, in the loss of biodiversity and the rapid extinction of so many species. Importantly, climate justice also includes a just transition from fossil fuels to renewables since the countries least responsible for the climate crisis are suffering the most and additional support is necessary.

The panel was is call to action for governments, corporations, investors, cities and communities to harness the ambition necessary to meet this moment and to highlight the current and future role of women in addressing this crisis.

  • Featured Guest: 

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Session 4:  Closing Salon  

This even more interactive salon will integrate prior salons to focus on connecting even more with the series theme and each other. 

  • Featured Guests:

    • Our Entire Group

POP-UP in PARIS:  Mission JOY
Finding Happiness in Troubled Times
Summer '22 OnLine SCREENINg SALON 

 

SCREENED CONTENT & FEATURED GUESTS: 

Join me online for an encore screening salon of Mission:  JOY, once again, with Featured Guest Producer & Co-Director Peggy Callahan.

 

Before and after watching the film, which features two extraordinary Nobel Peace Prize Winners, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, we will engage in shared conversation and group connection. Our focus will be on the ripple effect that JOY (and films like hers) can have on us as individuals and on the world in which we live.

Session:  Mission:  JOY -- Finding Happiness in Troubled Times  

Consisting largely of never-before-seen footage shot at the Dalai Lama’s residence in Dharamsala, India, this film is a behind the scenes exploration of the extraordinary relationship of two global thought leaders, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. With genuine affection, mutual respect and a healthy dose of teasing, these unlikely friends impart lessons gleaned from cutting-edge science, ancient traditions and lived experience regarding how to live with joy in the face of life’s challenges.

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Ripples... & More Ripples 

  • You may have experienced this film during our Spring Screening Salon Series, Vulnerability & Connection when Peggy was with us.

  • Or maybe you were one of the 68+ million people from around the world who saw the film during last weekend's 48-hour Global Watch Event, UNITE FOR JOY, co-hosted by Sir Richard Branson, Gloria Estefan, Cher, and many others. 

 

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Vulnerability & Connection
 
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Join us online for four Tuesdays in April for compelling screened content, shared conversation and group connection with our Featured Guests and each other.  

THEME:

For decades and even centuries, being vulnerable was perceived as a weakness. So much so that it could result in ridicule, ostracism and even death. However this character trait is now touted as a tool for personal fulfillment and intimacy in our personal lives. More recently its benefits have penetrated the business world, where it is  one of THE power skills for effective leadership. 

This series we'll explore what happens when we dare to be vulnerable and how it impacts our lives.

SCREENED CONTENT & FEATURED GUESTS: 

Though each salon stands on its own, this series offers various perspectives to more fully connect with the theme and fellow participants.

* To reserve your place, first Join as a Member.  Then book each gathering one at a time, by first selecting the date.  

Session 1:  Meeting Jim 

Meet Jim Haynes, an extraordinary man who grabbed the spirit of the 60s with his heart and soul and continued to carry it throughout his 87 year-long life.  For 4 decades Jim welcomed friends and complete strangers, mostly new to one another, to Sunday dinner at his home in Paris.  In his own words, One of his books was called Hello, I Love You (1974). He claimed that his ambition was to have everyone in the world in his address book.

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Session 2:  Mission:  JOY -- Finding Happiness in Troubled Times  

Consisting largely of never-before-seen footage shot at the Dalai Lama’s residence in Dharamsala, India, this film is a behind the scenes exploration of the remarkable friendship between Nobel Peace Prize Winners Archbishop Desmond Tutu and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. With genuine affection, mutual respect and a healthy dose of teasing, these unlikely friends impart lessons gleaned from cutting-edge science, ancient traditions and lived experience regarding how to live with joy in the face of life’s challenges.

Session 3:  The Lesson 

The Lesson is an emerging platform that connects audiences with a growing collection of personal stories... stories that dig deep and seek to connect, teach and inspire, including those of:

  • Bea Arthur: a young entrepreneur and Shark Tank survivor

  • Ginny Glider:  a two-time Olympic rower and battle-tested leader

  • Karl Wagner, an ex-CIA agent, widower and father

Ginny and Karl will be with us  for the  post-screening conversation, and Bea might be, too. 

  • Featured Guest:

    • Reed Frerichs, Co-Founder & CEO

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Session 4:  Closing Salon  

This even more interactive salon will integrate prior salons to focus on connecting even more with the series theme and each other. 

  • Featured Guests:

    • Our Entire Group



Connection & Belonging 

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SCREENED CONTENT & FEATURED GUESTS: 

Each salon stands on its own.  The series offers various perspectives on the series theme.

 

Session 1:  Ground Operations:  Battlefields to Farmfields  

America needs a million new farmers.  Veterans want the job. 

This is their journey, transitioning home to find a purposeful path and a new life.

  • Trailer

  • Featured Guest:  

    • Dulanie Ellis​, Producer-Director

 

Session 2:  My So-Called Enemy

Six courageous Palestinian and Israeli teenage girls participate in a U.S.-based women's leadership program. 

In this 7-year coming-of-age story, we see how that experience meets with the realities of their lives at home. 

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  • Featured Guests: 

    • Lisa Gossels, Director, Producer & Co-Editor

    • Justin Schein, Director of Photography & Co-Producer

    • Joline Makhlouf Rukab, Film Subject & Advisor

THEME:

Starting in late October and leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday, we explored the sense of belonging that is possible when we dare to explore unfamiliar territory and connect in unexpected ways..

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Session 3:  Disconnected 

A fed-up mom forces three teens to have an actual conversation by confiscating their cellphones for one hour.

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  • Featured Guests:  

    • Meredith Thomas, Actor In the role of the mother

    • Monika Hochreutener, Executive Producer & Community Volunteer

Session 4:  Closing Salon  

This even more interactive salon integrated prior salons to focus on the series theme. 

  • Featured Guests:  Our Entire Group

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TAKING A STAND Part 1

Spring '21 ONLINE SCREENINg SALON Series
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THEME:

What happens when we dare to go against the current... and stay the course? 

In this series, we experienced trailblazers whose vision and conviction have revolutionized lives, mindsets, practices, policies... and generations.

SCREENED CONTENT & FEATURED GUESTS: 

Each salon stands on its own.  The series offers various perspectives on the series theme.

Session 1:  Period. End of Sentence.

“A period should end a sentence, not a girl’s education.”

  • TrailerThe film won the 2019 Oscar for Best Documentary Short.  

  • Featured Guests:  

    • ​​Melissa Berton, Producer. ​Executive Director of The Pad Project

    • Ruby Schiff, Executive Producer. Co-Founder of The Pad Project

 

Session 2:  The Seeds of Vandana Shiva  

"When you control seed, you control life on Earth."  The life story of Dr. Shiva.

  • Trailer

  • Featured Guests:  

    • Camilla & Jim Becket, Directors and Producers

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Session 3:  Ted Turner:  Captain Planet

Dr. Sanjay Gupta's intimate profile of Ted Turner and his environmental work, often lost in the headlines.

  • Trailer

  • Featured Guest: 

    • Laura Turner Seydel, international environmental advocate & eco-living expert & Chair of Captain Planet Foundation

Session 4:  Closing Salon  

This even more interactive salon will integrate prior salons to focus on the series theme. 

  • Featured Guests:  Our Entire Group

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