Storytelling Brings What’s Hidden Into The Light
As an acclaimed public speaker and leading authority on storytelling, consciousness, and social impact, I catalyze audiences and creative capitals worldwide using social impact entertainment, and conscious media to awaken viewers and ignite change.
My work in developing countries for more than 20+ years uplifts the health and well-being of women, girls, and families. I’ve empowered writers and producers of television, film, and emerging media to integrate storylines that entertain, and at the same time positively impact popular culture and move viewers to action. During this time, I’ve served as:
- Founder and president of StoryAction, LLC
- Founder and former director of the Global Media Center for Social Impact at UCLA, and
- Former director of Hollywood, Health & Society at USC
My signature “Story Tour” series immerses TV creators and filmmakers in new cultures in India, South Africa, and local communities in the United States to inspire social impact entertainment. I also work with UNFPA and the Cairo International Film Festival to create and present the Conscious Media Award in recognition of exemplary social impact cinema in the Arab World, Middle East, and Africa.
The masterclasses and panels I designed on stories of awakening and change, gender-based violence on the screen, and social impact entertainment were met with critical acclaim in the US, India, Egypt, Japan, Australia, Europe, and beyond.
Are You Inspired?
How does it show up in your life, work, and the stories you tell? Or do you need help?
Honors & Awards
In one three-year period, my groundbreaking work resulted in 565 storylines on 91 shows across 35 networks. For this work, I was named one of the “Nation’s 100 Most Influential Hispanics” by PODER Hispanic magazine in 2012, “Woman Entrepreneur of the Year” by the World Film Institute in 2014, and “Honorary Maverick” by the Female Eye Film Festival in 2015.
A Few More Details
As a young adult, I lived among indigenous people in remote parts of Latin American and Canada. It inspired my career of giving back through social impact storytelling and transformative programs toward empowerment and justice for all.
I am Brazilian-American and have 2 grown children that I adore.
I speak 4 languages. I'm fluent in English, Portuguese, and Spanish. Conversant in French.
I have worked in and traveled to more than 50 countries.
I'm a long time practitioner of Kriya Yoga Meditation and have been vegan for 6+ years.