Organizing People to Action - Women Who Make the News

In this episode we hear from three women who make the news and organize people to take meaningful action.

Join me in discussions with Melissa Fitzgerald, former West Wing actress turned Washington, DC advocate fighting for veterans' rights; Maaria Mozaffar, lawyer and social organizer who founded The SkinLess Project; and Virginia Coyne, 20-year media veteran and executive editor of Washington Life Magazine.

Melissa Fitzgerald

Melissa Fitzgerald

Melissa Fitzgerald, Senior Director of Justice for Vets
Learn more at http://justiceforvets.org/
Washington Post article - "She had a Washington job on TV. Then this ‘West Wing’ actor got one in real life."
You may know Melissa Fitzgerald for playing the role of Carol on NBC’s award-winning political drama, The West Wing. You may not know that Melissa Fitzgerald is an entrepreneur who has created so much good in the world. She grew up at a time when it was common for very well-educated mothers to lead a tremendous amount of really important volunteer work. Her parents were both activists and engaged with creating opportunities for others. So, after acting school and living in New York, that tenacity showed up as she jumped right in to create an off-Broadway theater with a group of unemployed actors and it was a success.

Maaria Mozaffar

Maaria Mozaffar

Maaria Mozaffar, Founder and sole operator of The Skinless Project
The Skinless Project, is a revolutionary, out of the box company dedicated to women.

Its focus is to help women reach their highest potential personally and professionally by tackling negative media and consumer driven stereotypes, providing global resources and advocating the undeniable truth – We are More Than Skin Deep.

Armed with the vision to create a society that values high self-worth, in just two two years after its creation, Maaria is shaping the company towards quickly becoming an online hub for the empowered global woman and consumer. The company is attracting the attention of women around the world and big name companies for collaboration. Maaria is not a celebrity, but day by day, woman by woman, audiences leave hearing her vision and honesty addictively empowering.

Learn more at www.skinlessproject.com

Virginia Coyne

Virginia Coyne

Virginia Coyne, Executive Editor of Washington Life Magazine
She is the founder of NewsPop, a daily breaking news site for kids. She is a 20-year veteran of the Washington press corps, a photographer, and a mom.

Learn more at http://washingtonlife.com/about/.

After joining Washington Life Magazine in January 2015 as senior editor, she was quickly promoted to executive editor. She became the magazine’s first executive editor since Michael Clements left in 2012.

Virginia came to Washington Life from the broadcast world, where she worked for over a decade and a half at NBC News Channel’s Capitol Hill bureau as a producer. At the start of her career she interned in the Washington bureau of NBC Nightly News.