Sara previously held positions in media and entertainment including Executive Director of Interactive Marketing at Paramount Pictures, VP of Digital Marketing at MGM Studios, and CEO and Co-Founder of NowLive which was acquired by Live Media Group in 2013. During her experience in entertainment, she was told by her female boss, that she "belonged more in an apron than in an office." Recognizing that women have to champion each other rather than allow each other to feel threatened by each other, Sara founded Women Rising, which is dedicated to empowering women and girls through content and experiences. After more than 10 years away in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, Sara returned to Austin for the opportunity as the Executive Producer for the first TEDxAustinWomen, which ultimately became the #1 viewed TEDxWomen event in the world across 58 countries. After meeting Lizzie Velasquez during TEDxAustinWomen, Sara and Women Rising secured Lizzie's rights to tell her story. Sara's directorial debut, "A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story", broke Kickstarter records with its fundraising campaign becoming one of the site's most successful crowdfunded documentaries of all time. Sara then was hired by Conde Nast to produce and direct an original series, Lizzie's Film, Everyone's Story, for Glamour.com, and in 2016 returned to live experiences by producing, directing, and programming the R3 Summit for Prevention Magazine (Rodale Inc) and The Circular Summit, in partnership with Entrepreneur and Inc. magazines. Sara is now directing and producing ProtectHer as well as executive producing the animated short documentary Tightly Wound. Sara is a member of the Producer's Guild of America New Media Council, was selected to attend The White House Women Entrepreneurship Conference, The White House Champions for Change Summit, and the final White House's It's On Us summit, has been nominated twice for Fortune's Most Powerful Women Entrepreneur, and has been featured in publications including Inc., Entrepreneur, Forbes, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, IndieWire, The Mighty, The Washington Post, and The New York Times.
Cameron has 20 years of experience working in finance in various industries, such as entertainment, fashion, technology, public relations, retail, banking, and many more. Prior to venturing out and forming his own consulting firm, he was CFO KP Fashion and AllSaints North America. The past few years, Cameron has worked with IMIO, Roundup Media, HavenTowerGroup, Shani Worldwide, Left Shoe Company, Live Media Group, Telewise, and American Botanical. Cameron worked with Sara Bordo at NowLive and continues to work with her at Women Rising. Cameron graduated from USC with a BA in History and received his MBA from Pepperdine University.
Prior to joining Women Rising, Dan Rovzar lead development and production initiatives for Lemon Films in Mexico City and Lemon International in Los Angeles. As a production executive, he spearheaded 6 feature films and 2 television series to critical acclaim and box office success. Specializing in internationally appealing, cross-cultural film productions and marketing campaigns, Rovzar has worked with companies such as Lionsgate, HBO, NALA Films, Videocine, Pantelion, and Mexico's Televisa. As a writer, his latest screenplays "Muñeca" and "Sin Eaters" are slated for production in 2017 and 2018, respectively. His most recent commercial work, "Secret Society", can be seen as part of Heineken's Heroes Wanted worldwide campaign. With a background in crafting meaningful stories that transcend cultural boundaries, Rovzar has found a new challenge in exploring complex social narratives through film and interactive experiences with Women Rising.
Prior to joining Women Rising, Elizabeth was a member of the Creative Artists Agency Foundation, where she worked with the agency's clients to develop their philanthropic interests, and ran employee engagement efforts in the NYC office. While at CAA, Elizabeth founded Future Forward, a group for junior women in the company, and was an elected Task Force Leader. Elizabeth is also the Young Professional Committee Chair for the American Women's Museum of History. A graduate of Georgetown University, Elizabeth was an English major and Film and Media Studies minor. At Georgetown, she helped to found the Own It Summit, an annual event that bridges the gap between female leaders of the 21st century and the millennials who admire them.
Since beginning her career back in 2004, Lisa has enjoyed improving the lives of others. Born and raised in Austin, she began working at The Seton Fund raising funds, through personal solicitations and special events, for those in the community who were unable to afford healthcare. She has worked at Children's Medical Center Foundation fundraising for Dell Children's Medical Center. There she led the Employee Giving Campaign, coordinated multiple donor events and developed a Stewardship Program. From there, Lisa worked in the Development Department at St. Michael's Catholic Academy where she spent her time collaborating closely with both parents and students. While there she developed and implemented an Annual Appeal process, raised funds through grant writing, assisted with the Capital Campaign and created an Annual Appeal Wall further thanking all donors. In an organic transition to continue helping others, Lisa shifted her focus to empowering women. In 2016 she joined Women Rising, a production company that creates content and experiences to empower women and girls. Her particular skillset is constantly utilized in her capacity as Producer for the company, as well as Associate Producer on projects such as Tightly Wound and ProtectHer. For the last 3 years, Lisa has also been raising her two young daughters, and is excited to continue to live her passion of helping others and making a difference in her community.
Jaclyn Touchstone is a graphic designer and artist who is passionate about working with organizations that empower women. She studied Photo Communications and Graphic Design at St. Edward's University, and has worked with documentary photographers, filmmakers, and artists within Central Texas. Her personal photographic practice centers around the feminine experience, and she has shown work in numerous exhibitions and publications. As a designer, she specializes in conceptualizing brand identities and user experiences, and recently led brand development for Clinic Access Support Network, a non-profit striving to make women's reproductive healthcare more accessible in Texas.
Co - Owner of Grassroots Films Inc. and CampCampo.com. Michael is responsible for award winning films such as The Human Experience, Child31, and the latest of his heart warming documentaries OUTCASTS. A writer, director, film maker and all around creative strategist Campo is also the writer and a producer on the 2015 SXSW audience choice for best documentary A Brave Heart- The Lizzie Velasquez Story. Married and a father of three, he's currently working on a variety of new projects including a dramatic series, an animated children's program as well as providing non profit organization emotionally engaging content for the web.
Orna Pickens is one of the industry's most strategic and accomplished digital publicists, with deep roots online and an innovative approach to digital publicity and social media engagement. Over the past two decades, her digital strategies have contributed to the cultural and box office impact of some of the industry's biggest blockbusters, award winners and breakout sleepers, encompassing comprehensive media engagement and pioneering activations on social media and at fan and moviegoer nerve centers around the world, such as Comic-Con and SXSW.
Jaime Horn has over 17 years of experience in communications, politics, and international development. A media relations and publicity specialist, Jaime has served clients in the public affairs and non-profit sectors. Jaime has a Masters of Arts in Conflict Transformation from the School for International Training and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Texas Christian University. In 2013, she co-launched The Andi Leadership Institute for Young Women, a non-profit organization that seeks to equip the next generation of female peacebuilders with the necessary skills to become leaders in their own communities.
Shelby Hadden is a writer, speaker, and documentary filmmaker whose work explores issues of gender and identity. Her films have screened at various film festivals including the Nashville Film Festival, Sidewalk Film Festival, and BEA Festival of Media Arts. Her current film, Tightly Wound, is a short animated film about her personal experience with chronic pelvic pain. Tightly Wound is based on an essay she wrote that was published in BUST Magazine in 2016. She is a producer at the Austin-based creative agency, Bring Light & Sound, and an associate producer on a few feature documentaries that are currently in pre-production. She has also been an instructor at the University of Texas at Austin and Austin School of Film. Shelby holds a B.A. Comm. from the University of Alabama and an MFA in Film and Media Production from the University of Texas at Austin.
Shelley's nearly 20-year career has encompassed the publishing, dot.com, airline, and recruiting industries, and she has worn many hats. She is a jack-of-all-trades with experience in a variety of fields, including sales, event planning, corporate culture initiatives, writing, compensation analysis, recruiting, and board meeting preparations, to name a few. In a nutshell, Shelley is a people person who loves tight deadlines, a challenge, and thinking outside the box. With an English degree from TCU, Shelley's first love is writing, and she has published several employee and customer profiles in Southwest Airlines' Spirit magazine. She is currently enjoying her most challenging job yet as a freelance writer and mom to three boys.