Dream Girl Panel at JP Morgan & Co.
On International Women’s Day, Bushwick Film Festival will produce a panel for JP Morgan Chase & Co’s Women’s History Month Celebration. The panel will be moderated by festival founder, Kweighbaye Kotee and feature Erin Bagwell the director of the inspiring documentary Dream, Girl (a 2016 BFF Official Selection), along with three additional women featured in the film: Crista Freeman, Clara Villarosa, and Annie Wang.
Dream, Girl showcases the stories of influential, ambitious and successful female entrepreneurs and was the perfect film to highlight this month. The conversation will be centered around how each panelist made meaningful change in their careers and lives and how to empower other women to do the same. In addition, panelist will identify forward-looking actions that can help turn the aspirations of the #BeBoldForChange agenda into a reality. By detailing the steps they took to bring about transformative career and life changes, these exceptional women hope to forge a better working world for women across the globe and empower others to do the same
Erin Bagwell, Director of the documentary Dream, Girl and the founder of Feminist Wednesday, a feminist storytelling blog founded in 2013. In the summer of 2014 she launched a successful Kickstarter campaign, raising over $100,000 in funding to produce her first feature length film Dream, Girl. In May 2016, Dream, Girl screened at the White House as part of the United State of Women Summit followed by a sold out screening at the iconic Paris Theater in New York City. Erin’s story has been featured in Forbes, TED, Vogue, and The Washington Post and she was named one of Oprah’s SuperSoul100, a list featuring extraordinary individuals that live life intentionally, create great social impact, and bring inspiration to others.
Crista Freeman is the Founder and CEO of Phin & Phebes a Brooklyn-based ice cream company that’s all about creating bold flavor with a dedication to sourcing the very best and sustainable ingredients. All dairy used for Phin & Phebes’ ice cream is sourced from small family farms within a 20-mile radius where the ice cream is manufactured. Phin & Phebes can now be found across the U.S. in over 2000 stores in grocers like Whole Foods, Walmart, Safeway, Shop Rite, H.E.B and Central Markets to name a few. Her creative and tenacious spirit has built a team and brand that continues to push the boundaries in innovation within the grocery channel that is dominated by Big Food players like Unilever & Nestle in the frozen space.
Clara Villarosa is the co-founder of Villarosa Media, a publishing company that she runs alongside her two daughters, Linda and Alicia. At 83 years old she is on her third business. After spending the last thirty years supporting authors of color through her Hue Man Books she decided it was time to define publishing to give black authors the readership they deserve. Villarosa Media’s first book, The Wind Is Spirit, a bio/anthology of Audre Lorde, came out in 2015. Clara Villarosa is also an NAACP Image Award Nominee for her book “Down To Business: The First 10 Steps to Entrepreneurship for Women.”
Annie Wang is the Co-founder and Co-President of Senvol, the industry leader in data for additive manufacturing (i.e. industrial 3D printing). Senvol’s products and services have been used by a variety of Fortune 500 companies and government agencies in industries such as aerospace, defense, oil & gas, consumer products and automotive. Prior to co-founding Senvol, Annie worked in consulting. She has a BA in Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania, an MBA from Wharton and an MA in International Studies from the Lauder Institute.
The White house screened documentary will be available to watch after the panel discussion. RT:62 min.