Women of Impact, awarded with the U.S. Embassy Public Diplomacy grant in 2019, consists of 150+ original interviews with women in 30+ countries, conversations in communities, and an academic internship at Art, Design & Architecture Museum at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB).
The Program features women from around the world who are driving cultural, social, and economic impact. These stories are often untold in the general media and are left uncelebrated and unsupported while these people and their projects matter greatly to the health and wealth of a society.
The Women of Impact book by impactmania’s founder, Paksy Plackis-Cheng and a foreword by first President of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), Pat Mitchell, features 130 interviews with women in 30 countries. They all speak about their work and what is needed to drive cultural, social, and economic impact. Now Available: eBook or Softcover
“Amazing project that truly highlights the accomplishments of women today. The spectrum of women selected for this elite group is remarkable. In my opinion, the most remarkable part is how much all these women, young and old, have a sincere desire to impact the world in a positive way.”
The Women of Impact museum exhibition underscores some of the featured women’s contributions through audio/visual installations. Additionally, there are opportunities for the public to add their own voice. Learn More
Women of Impact Presenters
Anne Smith Towbes, philanthropist | Jean Kilbourne, Women Hall of Fame inductee 2015 | Teresa Herd, Intel’s vice president Global Creative Direction | Laura Jana, M.D., award-winning author | Aliza Shvarts; artist and scholar | Jodie Grenier, Marine Corps Veteran and executive director, Foundation for Women Warriors | Teresa Goines, executive director, Old Skool Café | Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree, CEO and Chair of Pacific Air Industries and philanthropist | Carla De Landri, former senior producer ’20/20′ and ABC News | Marla McNally Phillips, Theatre Producer | Miyoung Chun, scientist and entrepreneur | Thais Barros Beldi, Manager Strategy and Innovation, Facens University (Brazil) | Brittany Teei, Founder and CEO, KidsCoin (New Zealand) | Masha Keating, artist | Laura Bialis, filmmaker | Alethea Tyner Paradis, founder and CEO, Peace Works Travel | Rachel Gloger, co-founder and Executive Director, SBTRAN | Diana Starr Langley, founder Dioptics Medical Products | Kimberly Foster, Co-Director BioEngineering Institute, UCSB | Georgina Miranda, mountaineer and CEO SheVentures (the Netherlands) | Helene Scheider, former mayor of Santa Barbara | Laurie Ashton, Legal Counsel Nuclear Zero (nominated as part of a team for the Nobel Peace Prize) | Yanling Duan, founder OHDA and Bejing Design Week curator (China)