Our time together at TEDWomen is highlighted by two extraordinary initiatives from creators around the world. On
opening night, the Alliance for Artisan has curated a global showcase of designs and products produced by women
to benefit their communities. And throughout our MainStage program, we'll be featuring a curated selection of short
films directed by women, curated by Chicken & Egg Pictures, a collective supporting women filmmakers, and funded
Sarah Mutesi Ban
North American Marketing Manager, Gahaya Links
Inspired by visits to Rwanda where she would see first-hand how handicrafts were helping women
lift themselves out of poverty, Sarah Mutesi Ban joined Gahaya Links, a Rwandan handicraft
company dedicated to women's economic empowerment through enterprise design. She represents the
family collective in the USA, focusing on marketing and sales.
Executive Director, Heshima Kenya
Alisa Roadcup believes when you empower a girl, you empower an entire community and generations to come.
She runs Heshima Kenya, which works to protect and empower refugee children and youth, especially girls,
young women, and their children living in Nairobi, Kenya. That empowerment comes in part through the Maisha
Collective, an artisan collective of refugee women that makes striking scarves.
Sales & Strategic Partnerships Coordinator, Heshima Kenya
Emily Snider started as an intern for Heshima Kenya in 2015 and fell in love with its mission to create
a community of empowerment and understanding. She found her passion for refugees during her time at
Heartland Alliance Refugee & Immigrant Care Services and Sarah's Circle women's shelter.
Founder, ROOTS of South Sudan
Anyieth founded the ROOTS Project in 2009 as a model to empower women through a supportive community
while preserving cultural diversity through the arts, producing beautiful beadwork that supports women
and their families. D'Awol has worked as a consultant researching the cultural, economic and post-conflict
drivers of HIV / AIDS in South Sudan
ROOTS of South Sudan
Sherry Runk is a retired adult educator who worked for the NY State Center for School Safety, developing strategies
to create a positive social and emotional school climate and promoting the rights and dignity of all students.
Since 2009, Runk has been a tireless advocate and supporter of the work and women of the ROOTS Project in Juba, South Sudan.
Founder & Creative Director, Fibre Tibet
Monica is the founder and creative director of Noble Fibre
International/Fibre Tibet collection, a social benefit corporation
that provides income-generation opportunities for Tibetan nomads and
Tibetan, Nepali and Newari weavers and Indian artisans. Fibre Tibet
is sold in galleries and boutiques in Europe and the US and through
collaborations with DOSA, J. Crew, One King's Lane and ABC Carpet and
Founder & President, Kandahar Treasure
As founder and president of Kandahar Treasure, the first women's private enterprise in Kandahar, Afghanistan,
Rangina Hamidi provides life-changing economic opportunity for 300 Afghan women, giving them a for-profit
platform for Kandahar's unique embroidery work. She believes women are the critical ingredient to creating
permanent and lasting change to Kandahar's long history of violence.
Master Artisan, Turquoise Mountain
Sughra Husseini specializes in miniature painting and illumination work, a laborious process of painting elaborate
borders and margins for calligraphic works. Her work is showcased in the exhibit "Turquoise Mountain: Artists
Transforming Afghanistan" at the Freer and Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian. She says: "Making art is a link
for me with my past—with my family and with those who went before me. I know that while the body needs food to live,
the soul needs art."
US Administrator, Turquoise Mountain
Savannah Turley is an administrator supporting Turquoise Mountain's
work in the United States. Turley first began working with Turquoise
Mountain in 2008 as a high school student; she will complete her
undergraduate degree in spring 2017.
Nilda Callanaupa Alvarez
Founder, Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco
Nilda Callanaupa Alvarez is a Quechua weaver and scholar, and the founder of the Center for Traditional
Textiles of Cusco, with a mission to explore and preserve traditional weaving techniques. CTTC supports
weavers from highland villages who have revived the ancient weaving traditions that were in danger of dying out.
For Andean peoples, losing the ability to weave could mean losing a vital link with their history and culture.
Weaver, Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco
Adlea is a Quecha weaver and a member of the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco cooperative.
Designer, Manos del Uruguay
Cecelia Lalanne is the designer for Manos del Uruguay, designing handknit garments for Manos stores as well
as for clients such as Ralph Lauren, Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney and DKNY. She's had a longtime love affair
with wool, and enjoys working with spinners to develop new yarns, and with color technicians to create new
dyeing techniques. She is proud to belong to an organization like Manos del Uruguay that enhances and preserves
Uruguay's traditional techniques and identity.
Co-Founder & Executive Director, Mercado Global
Ruth DeGolia has overseen Mercado Global's growth from a small nonprofit working with a dozen artisans in
Guatemala's highlands to its recognition as a pioneer in ethical fashion and social enterprise. Mercado Global
has connected indigenous Guatemalan artisans to over 300 international retailers and vendors including Anthropologie,
Calypso St. Barth, Garnet Hill, goop, J.Crew, and Levi Strauss.
Cooperative Promoter & Community-Based Training Programs Coordinator, Mercado Global
Based in Guatemala, Olga Morales leads educational programming for Mercado Global's partner cooperatives across
the rural highlands, on topics such as women's health, nutrition, leadership and small business management. An
indigenous Mayan woman, Olga was a first-generation high school and college student; now she's a community leader
and role model for indigenous entrepreneurs.
Founder & Designer, Paula Mendoza
Early in her career, Colombian jewelry designer Paula Mendoza traveled across South America; it was in Peru
that she learned the ancient tradition of metal filigree. Now, Mendoza works closely with a workshop in Bogota
whose jewelers have mastered their skills through inherited techniques learned from family. Here, she is able
to give back to her beloved home country by hiring mainly single mothers and other women in need. (You may have
seen their work on Beyoncé, who wore Paula’s jewelry in her video for "XO.")
HRH Princess Tatiana Blatnik
Co-Founder, TRIA ETC
HRH Princess Tatiana pursues her passion for natural and healthy living through her philanthropic and entrepreneurial
work. She is co-founder of TRIA ETC, which collaborates with local artisans and artistic minds to create products of
unique high-quality craftsmanship that are as much part of the past as they are of the future, celebrating Greece's
heritage and new talent.
Director, Alliance for Artisan Enterprise
A vice president at the Aspen Institute, and executive director of Aspen Global Health and Development, Peggy
Clark has built a career working on poverty alleviation, global health, social enterprise and development finance,
identifying and building industries, movements and creative advocacy around key issues of our times. Peggy believes
the Alliance can unlock the power and potential of artisan businesses to support millions of families in the developing
world in way that respects the uniqueness of people and place.
Managing Director, Aspen Global Health and Development
Katie Drasser is the managing director of Aspen Global Health and Development, and director of Aspen in the Bay Area. She
led global efforts to address poverty alleviation, human rights, and social justice, including HIV/AIDS treatment strategies
in Romania, private health services delivery in Myanmar, and the scale-up of Kenya's national emergency medical system.
Program Associate, Alliance for Artisan Enterprise
Gina Rogari leads the day-to-day activities of the Alliance, managing the organization's membership community and
communications, and running the Artisan Loan Program and Digital Learning Series. Before joining the Alliance for
Artisan Enterprise, Gina helped develop a small artisan business in Peru.
The Alliance for Artisan Enterprise gratefully acknowledges the support of members of the Artisan Partners'
Circle including the Weissberg Foundation, Suzanne LaFetra, and Lindblad Expeditions. We also extend thanks to Artisan Partner Circle
Members who provided artisan scholarships including Abigail Disney, The Aspen Institute, Ricardo Salinas Scholarship Foundation and
The support of these donors has made the TEDWomen Global Showcase possible.
In partnership with Lifetime’s ground-breaking initiative Broad Focus, dedicated to increasing the number
of women directors, writers and producers, Chicken & Egg Pictures and Lifetime are proud to present
the work of five documentary filmmakers as examples of today’s best and most innovative storytelling.
Chicken & Egg Pictures
Chicken & Egg Pictures is a nonprofit film organization that supports women nonfiction filmmakers whose artful and
innovative storytelling catalyzes social change. Since its founding in 2005, Chicken & Egg Pictures has supported
more than 240 women filmmakers with $4.5 million in grants and more than 5,300 hours of mentorship. Films supported
by Chicken & Egg Pictures have won Academy, Emmy and Peabody awards, but more important, have resulted in change for
the urgent social issues they address.
Elaine McMillion Sheldon
Elaine McMillion Sheldon is a Peabody-winning documentary filmmaker and media artist. She's the creative director of
the Emmy-nominated interactive documentary Hollow and runs "She Does," a weekly podcast that documents
creative women's journeys. In 2016, she was awarded the Breakthrough Filmmaker award from Chicken & Egg Pictures.
Sheldon has been named one of 50 People Changing The South by Southern Living Magazine, a 2013 Future of
Storytelling Fellow, and one of the 25 New Faces of Independent Film by Filmmaker magazine. She's a founding
member of All Y'all Southern Documentary Collective.
Grace Lee directed the Peabody-winning documentary American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs,
which Hollywood Reporter called "an entertainingly revealing portrait of the power of a single individual to
effect change." The film premiered at the 2013 Los Angeles Film Festival and was broadcast on the PBS series "POV."
Her previous documentary The Grace Lee Project was broadcast on Sundance Channel and was called "ridiculously
entertaining" by New York magazine. She recently produced two documentaries for PBS: the Emmy-nominated Makers:
Women in Politics and Off the Menu: Asian America. As a Women at Sundance Fellow, she is developing a social issue
Kristi Jacobson is an award-winning filmmaker and founder of Catalyst Films. Her latest film, Solitary, an
immersive look at life inside a supermax prison, premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival and will be released on
HBO in 2017. She has created films for HBO, PBS, ESPN, ABC, the Sundance Channel, A&E, Lifetime and Channel 4/UK. Her
films, including American Standoff, Toots and A Place at the Table, reveal her passion for
capturing nuanced, intimate and provocative portrayals of individuals and communities. She's a 2016 recipient of Chicken
& Egg Pictures’ Breakthrough Filmmaker Award, awarded to 5 nonfiction filmmakers whose artful and innovative storytelling
catalyzes social change.
Filmmaker, artist and author Michèle Stephenson pulls from her Panamanian and Haitian roots and experience as a human
rights attorney to tell compelling, personal stories that resonate beyond the margins. Her most recent film, American
Promise, was nominated for three Emmys, won the Jury Prize at Sundance, and was selected for the New York Film Festival's
Main Slate Program. Shewas recently awarded the Chicken & Egg Pictures Filmmaker Breakthrough Award and is a 2016 Guggenheim
Fellow and a Sundance Skoll Storytellers for Change Fellow. Her recent book, Promises Kept, written along with
co-authors Joe Brewster and Hilary Beard, won an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work.
Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy
Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy is a two-time Academy Award and Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker. In the past 15 years,
she has made more than a dozen multi-award-winning films in over 10 countries around the world. Her films
include A Girl in the River, Song of Lahore, Peacekeepers: A Journey of a Thousand Miles
and Saving Face. In 2012, Time Magazine included Sharmeen in its annual list of the 100 most
influential people in the world. In 2013, the Canadian government awarded her a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee
Medal for her work in the field of documentary films, and the World Economic Forum honored her with a Crystal Award at
their annual summit in Davos. She is a TED Senior Fellow.