EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR | CO-FOUNDER
Tiffany Shlain is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, author, founder of The Webby Awards, and co-founder of two global initiatives, Character Day and 50/50 Day–unified days of film and discussion about important issues shaping our lives that unite over 100,000 live events. Character Day explores the science of character and 50/50 Day focuses on gender equity. Selected by the Albert Einstein Foundation as a contributor to Genius: 100 Visions of the Future, Tiffany’s films and work have received over 80 awards and distinctions including premieres at The Sundance Film Festival and being selected by The US State Department to use her films to represent America around the world. She serves on the Leadership Board of The Center on Media and Child Health at Harvard’s Boston Children’s Hospital and she is a Henry Crown Fellow of The Aspen Institute. For her full bio, filmography and information on speaking engagements, please go to here.
HEAD OF PRODUCTIONS | CO-FOUNDER
Sawyer Steele is an Emmy-nominated Producer and co-founder of Let it Ripple. He has co-written, co-produced, and co-edited several award-winning films including Connected: An Autoblogography about Love, Death, and Technology; which premiered at Sundance. He was Voice Over Director for the award-winning Sundance film The Royal Road. He produced and co-wrote the Emmy-nominated AOL Original series The Future Starts Here, which includes an episode TransBoom, where he shares his experience being transgender and his thoughts around the past, present, and future of being trans. He co-founded Character Day, an annual day that last year had over 200,000 events in 125 countries. Sawyer was born and raised in New England and lives in Oakland, CA with his wife, their two small children, and their sweet-as-can-be pitbull.
DIRECTOR OF PARTNERSHIPS AND ENGAGEMENT
Named one of America’s “It Girls” by Aspiring Co., Daniela Labi is an actor, producer, media educator, acting coach, and body activist passionate about bringing more body diversity to everyday, consumable media. She works with Let it Ripple as Production Manager, overseeing various projects for Character Day, 50/50 Day, and more.
DARA WEINERMAN STEINBERG
DIRECTOR OF JEWISH PARTNERSHIP AND ENGAGEMENT
Dara Weinerman Steinberg is passionate about helping nonprofits achieve their potential. For the past 9 years she held senior positions at Lippman Kanfer Family Philanthropies, guiding grantmaking and working with grantees on their programmatic and organizational challenges. Dara has held staff and consulting roles for a variety of nonprofits, focusing on their strategy, development, and operations. She earned her MBA from Fordham University and BA from Smith College. Dara is a published poet and produced playwright. She lives with her husband and two young sons in Northeast Ohio.
50/50 DAY CO-FOUNDER
An award winning filmmaker, entrepreneur and activist, Julie Hermelin was a creative producer on the Emmy-nominated AOL Original series The Future Starts Here with @TiffanyShlain, co-founded the social recommendation site, Momstamp and, executive produced the pro-choice benefit compilation, “Spirit of ’73: Rock for Choice.” Julie leverages her social network for social change, founding and chairing The XX Fund, a women’s philanthropic collective that supports non-profits for LA’s most vulnerable women and girls. @juliehermelin
Based in Montreal and originally from Iceland, Una has been creating short films and fascinating visual worlds for documentaries, live action films, music and art events of all sorts since she graduated from California Institute of the Arts in 2009 with an MFA in Experimental Animation. She also received a BFA in Graphic Design from Iceland Academy of the Arts in 2004, utilizing mixed media techniques to construct a distinctive visual experience for each project. Her personal work has been screened at multiple festivals and galleries such as MOMA-New York (Nordic Outbreak Tour), Kro Art Gallery-Vienna (Tricky Women Festival), Nordisk Panorama 5 Cities Film Festival-Scandinavia, Tribeca Underground Festival-New York, National Gallery of Iceland, Fantasia Film Festival-Montreal, Unsound Music Festival-Poland, Independent Exposure Tour-USA and on the Artforum website.
ANIMATOR | GRAPHIC DESIGNER
Raquel Sancinetti is an animator and filmmaker originally from Brazil. She studied International Relations and Semiotics before obtaining her BFA in Film Animation from Concordia University in 2013. Her films have been screened in over 40 international festivals, and her last stop motion short, Cycle, won 4 awards, including best animated short at PISAF in South Korea. She currently lives and works in Montreal, Canada.