Empower, Educate, Liberate

Illana Shoshan is the Co-Founder of the Women’s Empowerment Foundation, a non-profit organization based in California to raise awareness and funds for women’s empowerment issues worldwide.  Elected Miss Israel in1980, on the 60th Anniversary of the Miss Israel Pageant, in March 2010, Ms. Shoshan was chosen Miss Israel of all Times in an open vote.  Ms. Shoshan regularly gives speeches and participates in panel discussions on women’s rights, gender violence, and women’s economic empowerment. As a film producer, Ms. Shoshan produced the critically acclaimed “Imaginary Heroes”.

Yael Swerdlow is the Co-Founder of the Women’s Empowerment Foundation.  An award winning photojournalist, Yael is adjunct faculty at the Museum of Tolerance and Anti-Defamation League in San Diego, specializing in media literacy and advocacy.  Yael is also co-chair of the National Leadership Council of Games for Change and serves on the Board of the Hadassah Brandeis Institute.  She received her Master of Public Diplomacy in 2007 and serves as the liaison to the Consular Corps of Southern California for the Center on Public Diplomacy.

Dr. Kenya Davis-Hayes is the resident US historian at California Baptist University and is seeking a Masters of Public Diplomacy at the Annenberg School. Beyond the walls of academia, Dr. Davis-Hayes sits on a number of organizational boards including the Western Inland Empire Coalition Against Hate.  In 2007, she was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to the California Council for the Humanities and serves as Chair of its Governance Committee. She is currently working on a project regarding the image of black women on primetime television between 1950 and 1970.

Martha Wheelock currently teaches American Literature and Women’s Studies at Harvard-Westlake School, Los Angeles.  She also creates award winning documentary films.  Her films have been shown on PBS (HYPERLINK “http://www.ishtarfims.com”www.ishtarfims.com) and her Ring of Endless Light for the Disney Channel garnered both Humanitas and Genesis awards.  Her ardent interest is Women’s Studies, over the centuries of progress and development; she is presently working on a film to celebrate the 100th anniversary of California’s Women Suffrage next year.

Abby Leibman is President of Leibman and Associates.  She is the co-founder and former Executive Director of the California Women’s Law Center.  Currently, Ms. Leibman is adjunct professor at UCLA Women’s Studies Department, where she designs and teaches courses “Access to Justice” and “Advocacy and Women’s Civil Rights”

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