Have you ever wondered how those fabulous scenes for plays are created? Meet Raynette Halvorsen Smith, a retired Professor from Kent State University’s School of Theatre and Dance where she served as School Director from 1991-1996. In the early days, she wasn’t always welcomed as a woman and was a “first and only” woman scenic designer. Raynette shares her first-hand experience with the disparity in pay for women professors.
Mildred Morgan Ball – Imagine yourself in a store. Someone walks up to you and says, “Would you like to be a TV star in commercials?” At age 80, she became a local and regional “star” of 136 TV commercials! Mildred Morgan Ball provides her journey on a career peppered with being the “first and only”, starting with her high school career in the late 1940s, and continuing through a career of promoting gender and racial equity for young athletes and the performing arts.
Betty Lou Larson talks about Housing First as the best, but expensive, program and provides an example of how this worked for a chronically homeless mentally disabled individual. She has worked in transitional housing as a bridge, especially for families and lets us know about the school services for homeless children.
Patzetta Trice gives important advice to organizations who are looking for donors. She advises us to move from focusing on funding to focusing on outcomes – what’s most important to the donors? Patzetta Trice has been breaking glass ceilings and showing future generations that women are as powerful as men for many years.