To celebrate the inauguration of our country’s first female, multi-racial Vice President Kamala Harris, The Passionistas Project Women’s Equality Exchange presents an evening of stories called I’m Speaking. The virtual event will be held on Sunday, January 17 at 8 pm EST/5 pm PST. Voiceover actress Grey DeLisle Griffin (the voice of Vicky from “The Fairly Odd Parents,” Azula from “Avatar: The Last Airbender” and Daphne Blake from “Scooby-Doo”) will headline a lineup of five women with very diverse backgrounds who will share their personal stories of how they spoke up and found their voices. The event will conclude with a roundtable discussion with the presenters moderated by Karen Herman. The Passionistas Project co-founders Amy and Nancy Harrington will host.
Headliner Grey DeLisle Griffin is a Grammy-winning singer/songwriter who is known as the most prolific voice actress in American animation history, having performed over 1500 cartoon voices since 1996. Grey is also a comedian who launched her first stand-up comedy special, “My First Comedy Special” which has received rave reviews. Grey’s most iconic roles include Vicky from “The Fairly Odd Parents,” Samantha “Sam” Manson from “Danny Phantom,” Mandy from “The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy,” Frankie Foster, Dutchess and Goo from “Foster’s Home for Imaginary Friends,” Yumi Yoshimura from “Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi,” Azula from “Avatar: The Last Airbender,” Kimiko Tohomiko from “Xiaolin Showsown,” as well as Lola, Lana and Lily Loud from the “Loud House” and Prince Puppycorn from “Unikitty!” She’s also been the voice of Daphne Blake in “Scooby-Doo” cartoons since 2000. Grey is a single mom to her 3 kids and she’s basically kicking ass.
Rounding out the list of performers is:
Helen Torres is the CEO of Hispanas Organized for Political Equality (HOPE), where she leads one of the nation’s most influential Latina organizations. She has been instrumental in the development and implementation of the HOPE Leadership Institute (HLI), a program that prepares adult Latinas for their next level of civic participation. HLI has resulted in more than 180 Latinas being appointed to state and local commissions, and over 200 Latinas serving on nonprofit boards to improve local communities. Helen is also responsible for the founding and implementation of the HOPE Binational Fellowship, an executive leadership program for outstanding Latina professionals from the United States and Mexico who, through increased competence in national and global economic and security issues, are in a position to make urgent and long-lasting improvements in the lives of Latinas in the western hemisphere.
Punam Saxena holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s in Education. She is a mother of 4 college-aged children and has spent 20 years volunteering in her children’s school in their classrooms and working with their administrators. She has implemented several processes that have benefited all children at the school. She is currently the host of the podcast edu-Me which focuses on bridging the gap and fostering a stronger relationship between parents and schools by empowering parents to become partners in the school. She also holds weekly edu-Nars and works one-on-one or in small groups as a parenting coach. Punam is currently an author in the making writing an education book and a memoir.
Lisa Brooks is a Registered Nurse with a background in Informatics, Health Information Systems and Managed Care. She spent the first 6 years of her nursing career as a hospice nurse in one of the toughest neighborhoods in New York City. Her nurse-peers turned to her as the go-to for technical help when health information systems were still new. This started her down the path towards a career in health technology. Lisa spent the last decade of her career implementing technology for healthcare companies and writing as a hobby on the side. This year she launched her health technology writing business, Writing the Future of Health, that combines her passions. She is on a mission to help everyone cross the digital health divide.
Becky Yamamoto is a comedian, writer and actor. She is the creator and writer of the webseries “Uninspired.” You’ve seen her in a few commercials, on stage doing stand up and maybe in your living room when we watch the Real Housewives together. LA born and raised with a stint in NY and back to LA again, she’s the All Asian American girl next door who’s having a solo karaoke party.
Tickets are $10 and upgrades will be available ranging from $25 to $60 for tickets to the event plus Passionistas Project merchandise. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Every. Last. One. and Girls Inc. Additional donations to Every. Last. One. and Girls Inc. are encouraged.
To purchase tickets, visit http://bit.ly/imspeakingevent.