02Oct

#Giving Tuesday: A National Day of Giving Around the Annual Holiday Shopping Season

Giving Tuesday

I'm always looking for a way to give back easily and effortlessly.  Making a difference; that's what life is about. As I heard Hillary Clinton say recently at the 2012 Social Good Summit, “We’re living in a time where anyone can be a diplomat.  All you have to do is hit send." It's never been this easy to make a difference and change lives.  With a simple click! And that is why the campaign I'm about to describe is so amazing. It was at this conference that #GivingTuesday launched. The 2012 Social Good Summit was a dynamic, worldwide Read More

01Oct

Join My Effort to Get More Organized with Ringya

Ringya

Imagine yourself in one of these situations: *You’re on the train on the way home from work and the train breaks down. You need to contact a parent to pick up your child from school or an activity. *You have a conference call and are running late. You need to contact the participants but are short on time. *Soccer practice is delayed due to rain. You need to contact all the parents so they don’t show up. I don't know about you but I'm drowning in information.  Lists, lists and more lists.  Classroom lists, sports team lists, business Read More

28Sep

Announcing the RESPECT Challenge

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I was excited to learn about The RESPECT! Challenge this week at the Social Good Summit.  It's a national public action campaign and contest that's intended to spark a conversation about the critical role that parents, teachers, coaches, family, and mentors play in shaping young lives and promoting a respectful society.  The campaign is designed to celebrate everyday heroes--someone who has taught you the lesson of respect. Some of my favorite actresses have signed up to promote the program and have given their own responses about who taught them Read More

27Sep

We’re Lucky They “Won’t Back Down”

Won't Back Down Movie Poster

After an advanced screening of Won’t Back Down at the Fox Screening Room this past Sunday, I was LUCKY to have the rare opportunity to interview many of the talented ensemble from the powerful film in an intimate round-table setting at The Ritz Carlton along with four other bloggers. I must stress that what happens in the film is the result of hard work, determination and not taking no for an answer. It is certainly not about LUCK. Quite the contrary. The characters are in a very unlucky situation and will do anything to create a change for their Read More

27Sep

Thank god for mothers.

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Last week when I was asked to guest blog over at the Katie Couric Show, there was no way I could refuse.  The guest was Barbra Streisand, a Hollywood icon and someone who's music, movies and career I've followed my whole life (haven't we all?).  Fortunately, I was able to step out of my everyday life and spend the afternoon in the studio and witness an hour with Barbra.  I spent some time in the green room, avoided the lines to get into the show (bypassing the 2,000 on the waiting list) and was captured in a photo with Katie Couric herself after the show Read More

25Sep

Spreading my Social Good Wings

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I'm always looking for ways to unlock the potential of new media and technology to make the world a better place, and how to translate that potential into action, and this past weekend's Social Good Summit was no exception to help me think about how to spread my social good wings. With the growth of social media use, it's amazing how people can come together to toot its horn to help people.  The CEO of Ericsson estimated that 80% of the world will have access to 3G mobile by 2017 and there will be 50 billion connected devices by 2020. As much as I Read More

20Sep

Finding Meaning and More at the Social Good Summit 2012

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This weekend I'm attending the UN Foundation's Social Good Summit, a three-day conference at the 92nd Street Y in NYC where big ideas meet new media to create innovative solutions. Held during UN Week, it will unite a dynamic community of global leaders to discuss a big idea: the power of innovative thinking and technology to solve our greatest challenges. The most innovative technologists, influential minds and passionate activists will come together with one shared goal: to unlock the potential of new media and technology to make the world a better Read More

20Sep

Mad Women, Mad Men, Project Runway and More

Jane Maas talkback

I've mentioned that I have a very small role in the upcoming production of The Best of Everything, playing at the Here Arts Center, a new adaptation of Rona Jaffe's 1958 bestseller about ambitious secretaries in the big city. These girls want thrilling careers and gay adventures—and husbands and children too, in due time. Today we call that “having it all”; these girls call it "The Best of Everything". They’re not sure it’s possible either.  It's a conversation we have often here on this blog and I'm SO proud of this show for bringing so many important Read More

18Sep

New Year, New Beginnings, Being Mindful and Making a Vision Board

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I've spent the last two days in synagogue, singing, listing to familiar prayers and the beautiful sound of the shofar being blown, reflecting on a another year of my life gone by.  I take Rosh Hashanah very seriously. It's a time to think back on everything I've done this year, both positive and negative. It's a time to keep going in some ways and a time to start over in others. A lot happened to me this year.  I got involved in theater and got to work with the most amazing women ever on not one, but two shows.  I had a good stint at a client I was Read More

14Sep

Don’t Divorce Me! (An HBO Doc That Can Help Families)

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Yesterday I had the opportunity to screen a new documentary called DON'T DIVORCE ME! a new documentary airing on HBO next week.  I was instantly intrigued by the invitation, given the fact that I have newly divorced friends with young children and am the daughter of a divorced couple.  My own parents divorced when I was much older than the young children shown in this film, but I have always thought about the profound impact divorce can have on children.  I see it on my friend's young children and I was curious to see how one could produce a sensitive, Read More