Speak To Me

January 25, 2013 § Leave a comment

We’d like to introduce you to Speak To Me, readers.


They say, “Our mission is to create a forum for women to learn, explore new ideas, connect and feel empowered to make a difference in the world around them. We believe that the more informed and connected we are as women, the better we feel, and the stronger our families, schools, businesses and communities become. We hope Speak to Me will become the premier speaker series for women in the Bay Area.”

Speak To Me founders Jenny Terry and Tracy Barsotti were friends before they had husbands and babies, but didn’t get a chance to work together until they both spearheaded fundraising events for the Bay Area Discovery Museum. Sharing a desire to bring inspiration, education and a stronger sense of community to the fabulous women they encountered in the Bay Area, they hatched a plan to put their event-planning and marketing skills to work. With similar experiences and management styles, and a passion for making a new idea a reality – a wonderful partnership was born.


If you find yourself in the Bay Area, there’s a wonderful event on January 29th called “Media Madness: Empowering a Cultural Shift.” In movies, television, advertising, video games and magazines, we are all constantly bombarded with messages about how we should look and behave.  Unfortunately they are not always consistent with the values and norms that we aspire to for ourselves and for our children.  Both Jennifer Newsom and Linda Burch have found unique ways to put the power back in the hands of individuals, parents and educators to make better media choices, and to persuade the advertisers and the media to present more representative, positive and balanced models for society.  They will discuss the current state of these efforts, and what we can do to thrive in this new, pervasive world of media and technology.

The following women will be speaking:

Jennifer Siebel Newsom  |  Writer, director and producer of the inspiring documentary Miss Representation. Founder and CEO of MissRepresentation.org and of Girls Club Entertainment.


Linda Burch  |  Co-founder and Chief Education and Strategy Officer of Common Sense Media, the nation’s leading nonpartisan organization dedicated to improving the media lives of kids and families.


Kate Shaw  |  Founder and host of the Lucasfilm Speaker Series


and you can read more about the event here.

Be Sweet will be exhibiting with our friend Elizabeth Goodwin Welbourn with her new line www.stickandballco.com featuring knit ponchos celebrating the game of polo! The raffle will include a Be Sweet Fluffy Collar (our most popular accessory this holiday season) available here. Hope to see you there!


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