History is being made in a few weeks by quite a few women who are anything but well behaved as the Artemis "Women in Action" Film Festival makes its debut in Los Angeles this month, highlighting action films with female lead roles.
Think about it for a second - how many action movies have you seen with women in the lead role? Aliens, Kill Bill 1 & 2, Terminator 2 & 3, The Hunger Games movies, Salt, Avatar, Lucy, Divergent. Should I continue? Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Wanted, the Underworld films, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon. Ok, you get the point. These are all dynamite action films AND solid box office draws - female led action films generated over $5 billion since 2010.
The inaugural Artemis Women in Action Film Festival will open Friday April 24, 2015 at the Laemmle Playhouse 7 in Pasadena, CA. The 3-day film fest (April 24-26) will feature 50 narrative, documentary, animated and short films that highlight women in action roles.
While the Los Angeles Dodgers opened their 2015 season with big W thanks to some new faces, the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation will open their 2015 in a few weeks with a new event - the inaugural Blue Diamond Gala on Thursday April 16th.
The Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation has undergone a complete transformation in recent years. New ownership of the franchise brought with it a chance to retool the much maligned Dodgers Dream Foundation into a new entity, with a clear focus and strong dedication to support community based programs in LA for children and families in need around 3 key pillars: Sports & Recreation, Education & Literacy, Health & Wellness. The Foundation's efforts include building new baseball fields across the southland and support for a wide array of education and health programs with the LA Fund for Public Education, Vision to Learn, Union Rescue Mission and others.
To support all of these efforts, the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation is hosting their first annual Blue Diamond Gala, a fundraising event honoring local programs including the Jackie Robinson Foundation and LA84 Foundation, and featuring a performance by soul sensation Aloe Blacc. And your host for the evening? This is LA and these are the Dodgers, so who better than sports legend and Dodgers owner Earvin "Magic" Johnson. And no LA Dodgers event would be complete with Tommy Lasorda and Vin Scully, so count them in as well.
For tickets and information on Blue Diamond Gala sponsorships please visit www.dodgers.com/gala. And stay tuned for a big year from the LA Dodgers Foundation as they look poised for a major comeback in city that loves a winner and certainly loves its Dodgers.
I'm thrilled to share news about a research project I recently kicked off at UCLA Anderson to get a complete profile of the "who/what/where" in Adaptive Sports. This is such an important category in the nonprofit sports sector and it's been a challenge for all involved to know just how big this community is and who these athletes are.
Working with a team of MBA students from the UCLA Anderson chapter of Net Impact - a global professional organization in the social impact space - we're designing an "Adaptive Sports Athlete Index" which will help define the national scope and reach of the Adaptive Sports community for potential funders. Adaptive Sports is a highly fragmented community and there's often overlap between multiple programs and their participants, which makes it hard to gather comprehensive data on the size of this category. We believe having an accurate profile of the entire adaptive sports landscape will support everyone's efforts to engage with potential sponsors and corporate partners so these nonprofit programs can secure the necessary financial, in-kind, volunteer and capacity building support needed to grow. The Adaptive Sports Athlete Index will be conducted over the next 12 months, with a final report distributed in early 2016 that accurately identifies the “who/what/where?” of the participants, and “how much?” in regards to economic impact this community controls.
In the sports world, the first part of January is jam packed with big news and lots of excitement. From football playoffs in the NCAA and the NFL, to the heart of competitive ski & snowboard season, to the start of the tennis circuit with the Australian Open, there's plenty to get fired up about. And it's no different for us at Sports and Social Change, as we have some great news to share...
I am big proponent of the "Social Enterprise" movement and have spent much of the past several years studying, learning and sharing ideas with colleagues in the sports, business, nonprofit and academic community about using business practices to address social issues. For the past few years I've been very involved with the Los Angeles chapter of the Social Enterprise Alliance, a national professional organization dedicated to driving the Social Enterprise movement at all levels. And this year, I'm honored to have been asked to serve on the board of the LA chapter, where I'll help guide the educational programs and resources we share in our community. LA has a thriving Social Enterprise culture, with dozens of business and nonprofit orgs who are taking innovative approaches to solving critical local, national and global issues. My goal is to take a lot of what's being accomplished here and share it with the sports community at large.
Happy 2015! Looking forward to taking some big steps with all of you in the year ahead...