Creating collaborative environments where

bright minds can connect is something

we feel passionately about.

Events are paramount to community building, awareness raising and the spreading of great ideas.
Below you can find happenings theHF has produced and sponsored, as well as a sampling of those put
together by our grantees. Check back soon for our upcoming series of salons, Google Hangouts,
and in-person events. We've got big plans!

Creating collaborative environments where

bright minds can connect is something

we feel passionately about.

Events are paramount to community building, awareness raising and the spreading of great ideas.
Below you can find happenings theHF has produced and sponsored, as well as a sampling of those put
together by our grantees. Check back soon for our upcoming series of salons, Google Hangouts,
and in-person events. We've got big plans!

There’s as much power in offering connections as there is in offering funding.
Ruth Ann Harnisch
There’s as much power in offering connections as there is in offering funding.
Ruth Ann Harnisch

Power of the Purse Luncheon 04/19/16

Our team flew to Nashville to attend The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee’s 18th Annual Power of the Purse Luncheon with Keynote Speaker Lauren Bush Lauren, founder of FEED Projects. We are proud to continue our support for the women and girls of Middle Tennessee. (Photo:’s 20th Anniversary Conference 12/2/15

In honor of the 20th Anniversary milestone celebration for our friends at, The Harnisch Foundation provided sponsorship tickets students and young feminist thought-leaders to attend the event.

Keynote by Lizz Winstead & “Blurred Lines: The Complicated Relationship between Journalism and Documentary Filmmaking” At BinderCon: New York 11/7/15

For our third BinderCon this year, we sponsored Keynote Writer/Producer/Comic Lizz Winstead, as well as an amazing panel that combined two of our philanthropic ventures: documentary film and journalism. The panel: “Blurred Lines: The Complicated Relationship Between Journalism and Documentary Filmmaking” featured Alexandra Dean, Kirsten Johnson, Jehane Noujaim and Michele Stephenson, expertly moderated by Lindsey Taylor Wood. To watch both the keynote and the panel, start from the beginning! The panel starts at 1:49!

Produced By: New York 10/24/15

At the 2015 Produced By: New York Conference, presented by the Producer’s Guild of America (PGA,) The Harnisch Foundation sponsored a stellar panel on “Tactics for Diversity and Equality in Film & Television.” The panel featured Producers Effie Brown and Mynette Louie, Showrunner Pete Nowalk, CEO Charles King, Civil Rights Leader Michael Skolnik and our own Lindsey Taylor Wood.

“The Power of an Educated Girl” presented by Glamour’s The Girl Project 09/29/15

In September, we partnered with Glamour Magazine for an incredible event: “The Power of an Educated Girl.” Over 1,000 young women gathered at Harlem’s historic Apollo theater to hear First Lady Michelle Obama, former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, Plan International girl advocate Nurfahada, and actress Charlize Theron speak about the importance of girls’ education around the world. You can find a video of the panel here.

Photo © Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Glamour

WAM!NYC Conference 06/20/15

The sixth annual WAM!NYC Women Media Conference brought together journalists, activists, and creative thinkers for an all-day conference devoted to elevating issues of race, gender, and class in the media. The Harnisch Foundation sponsored the panel, “Real Talk About Covering Women, Covering Race” with  feminist writer Feminista Jones, Carla Murphy of The Nation Institute, Nermeen Shaikh of Democracy Now!, and Jamil Smith of The New Republic. Moderated by Regina Mahone of RH Reality Check.

The Let’s-Be-Honest!/Stakeholder Summit 06/13/15 - 06/14/15

The Harnisch Foundation was proud to have sponsored a summit on pornography, youth, and sexualization at Indiana University’s Kinsey Institute. The convening brought together a tremendous group of academics, advocates, and experts, as well as the Hot Girls Wanted team (Ronna Gradus, Jill Bauer, and Rashida Jones).


WNYC’s “Werk It”: A First-Ever Women’s Podcast Festival 06/4/15 - 06/5/15

“Werk It” is an invite-only two-day festival bringing together some of today’s brightest women working in audio, digital media and the art for exclusive industry workshops, panel discussions and networking opportunities, plus two evenings of dynamic live public events. The two evening events (seen on the left), on June 4th & 5th at 7 PM EST, were live streamed at

TEDWomen 05/27/15 - 05/29/15

TEDWomen 2015 explored how change begins: with innovative thinkers who share big ideas and catalyze action toward them. Our founder, Ruth Ann, was in attendance, follow her on Twitter to catch the action: @ruthannharnisch.

Women Moving Millions: Investing In Social Change Through Documentary Film 05/7/15

This Women Moving Millions Film Circle skill-building workshop, in collaboration with GUCCI, shared how film can be a catalyst for social change. Philanthropic investors gained practical insights and tools to guide them in becoming more strategic supporters for the causes they care about.

SupporTED Collaboratorium 04/29/15 - 05/2/15

In partnership with Renee Freedman, we traveled to Birmingham, AL to run the SupporTED Collaboratorium, a live, dynamic, collaborative experience where teams of coaches and other professionals offer their knowledge, talents, and ideas to TED Fellows.

Sixth Annual Women in the World Summit 04/22/15 - 04/24/15

The struggles and triumphs of women and girls around the globe always come to life in this dynamic three-day summit in NYC. Be sure to follow along with @harnischfound on Twitter for more live-event tweeting.

Power of the Purse at the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee 04/14/15

As a Presenting Sponsor of the Power of the Purse, we travelled to Nashville to see Debbi Fields, an entrepreneur and former chairman of Mrs. Fields, to talk about her ascension as CEO of the nation’s most visible, successful, dessert empires.

Women Moving Millions “Investing in Social Change Through Documentary Film” Workshop 04/2/15

Women Moving Millions, in cooperation with GUCCI, hosted the Investing in Social Change Through Documentary Film workshop. WMM participants heard from experts about the ways to engage in documentary film-making and investing, showcase powerful examples of films that have catalyzed social action and highlight projects that are in process.

“Reporting On Sexual Violence: How Can We All Do Better?” Panel at BinderCon LA 03/29/15 - 03/29/15

The significant increase in visibility around the issue of campus sexual assault has led to its meteoric rise on both the feminist and national agenda. This session at BinderCon LA, sponsored by theHF, explored how journalists and media makers can best report on sexual violence, and why context and sensitivity are at the center of best practices.

BinderCon LA 03/28/15 - 03/29/15

theHF is proud to be one of the founding sponsors of BinderCon. At the 2014 inaugural event in New York City, theHF sponsored a luncheon featuring Jill Abramson, the former Executive Editor of The New York Times in conversation with British journalist Emily Bell. In spring 2015, theHF was BinderCon’s presenting sponsor in LA. Visit for more. 

BinderCon Keynote Conversation with Gina Prince-Bythewood & Keri Putnam 03/28/15

American film director and screenwriter Gina Prince-Bythewood joined Sundance Executive Director Keri Putnam for a lively conversation on gender and racial diversity, power and the media. One of the few women writer/directors who has found commercial success in Hollywood, Prince-Bythewood shared her own struggles and successes, while exploring best practices, and opportunities for industry writers to accelerate their work.


TED Conference 03/16/15 - 03/18/15

We are looking forward to the “Truth and Dare” themed 2015 TED Conference in Vancouver, Canada. Ruth Ann and Bill Harnisch are regular attendees of the annual TED Conference, and theHF is one of the founding sponsors of the TED Fellows program. 

Women Changing the World 2015 03/13/15

In celebration of Barnard College’s 125th Anniversary, the 2015 Global Symposium will bring together a group of remarkable women from around the world who are inspirational agents of change in their fields of business, media, the arts, finance, government, and academia. Attend on campus at Barnard College or online to hear their frank and open discussions about the opportunities and challenges facing women in different regions of the world, and about the ways in which the voices and leadership of women are making a difference.

The Future of Women’s Leadership with 03/10/15

What will it take to reach critical mass in women’s leadership? With much energy and interest around this timely topic, we are partnering with to brainstorm ideas and solutions to dramatically move the needle around women’s leadership.  We are excited to come together and reflect and think deeply about what is needed to serve the audacious goal of advancing women’s leadership in our country.

#NotJustAStat: International Women’s Day 2015 03/1/15 - 03/8/15

International Women’s Day is a time to honor the progress we’ve made while also noting the work that still needs to be done to create a more fair & equitable world. This #IWD15, we launched #NotJustAStat, highlighting the personal, real-life stories behind gender inequity data. With the help of eight of our friends, we shared stats and stories of women around the world. Learn more about the campaign.

Charity Poker Tournament, hosted by GDIGM 01/28/15

Give gender equality a winning hand at the Geena Davis Institute Celebrity Poker Tournament with celebrity guests Geena Davis, Jason Alexander, Kevin Pollack and Alysia Reiner.  Food and cocktails throughout the evening, private VIP reception for sponsors, entertainment and auction. The event will be held at Airbnb Haus, 591 Main Street Park City. For more, click here.


It’s well documented that the representation of women in front of and behind the camera is dismal. What isn’t well documented is what we can do to change the ratio. Join leading experts for this lively panel discussion in Park City, presented by theHF, on what is working and how those interventions can be replicated industry-wide. For panelists and details, click here.

Hot Girls Wanted Premiering at Sundance 2015 01/22/15 - 02/1/15

Directors Jill Bauer and Ronna Gradus examine the amateur porn industry, through the story of a 19-year-old woman looking for instant fame in the documentary Hot Girls Wantedpremiering at Sundance.

The Hunting Ground Premiering at Sundance 01/22/15 - 02/1/15

From the makers of The Invisible War comes a startling exposé of rape crimes on U.S. campuses, their institutional cover-ups, and brutal social toll. Ruth Ann Harnisch is an Executive Producer of the film set to premiere at Sundance this year. Visit the film’s website here.

Vessel Film opening this week! 01/9/15

Vessel will be opening at the IFC Center in NYC Friday, January 9th, for a weeklong run, and releasing on Video on Demand platforms on Jan 13th. Watch the film’s trailer and connect with Vessel on Facebook for details on these special screenings. For IFC Center tickets, click here.

hear from award-winning producer Geralyn Dreyfous 01/8/15

Join The Salt Lake Tribune’s Jennifer Napier-Pearce and Academy Award-winning producer Geralyn Dreyfous of “The Invisible War” and “Born into Brothels” talk storytelling, networking, philanthropy, and Dreyfous’ passion for film. This free, public event will be held at  The Leonardo, 209 E. 500 South, Salt Lake City. Seating is  limited. More on the event here.

BinderCon 10/12/14

This October marked the first-ever BinderCon Symposium on Women Writers and we had the pleasure to sponsor Sunday’s luncheon, featuring Jill Abramson, the former Executive Editor of the New York Times, and British journalist Emily Bell. Pictured here is Jezebel’s founding editor Anna Holmes asking Abramson about diversity in the newsroom, with our founder, Ruth Ann Harnisch, looking on.

Wikimedia Foundation Annual Fundraising event 09/22/14

theHF is proud to support the Wikimedia Foundation and pleased to have been event co-chairs at their annual fundraising event at The New York Public Library. The Wikimedia Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging the growth, development and distribution of free, multilingual, educational content, and to providing the full content of these wiki-based projects to the public for free. Pictured: Our ED Jenny Raymond and Jimmy Wales, Wikipedia Founder.

Geena Davis Global Symposium in NYC 09/22/14

The GDIMG symposium convened leading CEOs and decision makers in the entertainment industry, corporations and non-profit organizations interested in the empowerment of women and girls. It was an honor for The Harnisch Foundation to be a supporter for this year’s event. Photo of Geena Davis taken by Clifford Pickett.

The Future of Television with Colleen Fahey Rush 06/2/14

The Harnisch Foundation hosted a luncheon salon at The New York Palace, featuring Colleen Fahey Rush, EVP, Chief Research Officer, Viacom Media Networks, whose invaluable insights made for a extremely richer discussion on the Future of Television.

16th annual Power of the Purse Luncheon 04/10/14

Our team flew to Nashville to attend The Women’s Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee’s Power of the Purse luncheon with Keynote Speaker Stacy London. With the help of a matching gift from our fearless founder, Ruth Ann Harnisch, The Women’s Fund raised $46,827 in TWO MINUTES!

On the Frontlines of Change: Amplifying Women’s Voices panel at Athena Film Festival 02/8/14

Sponsored by The Harnisch Foundation and the Sundance Institute. Featuring: Keri Putnam, Lydia Dean Pilcher, Stacy Smith, Nina Shaw, Lena Waithe, Anna Holmes. To watch the full panel, visit our Media Vault.

‘In a World…’ screening at Athena Film Festival 02/8/14

Carol Solomon is a struggling vocal coach. Propelled by the hubris of her father, the reigning king of movie-trailer voice-over artists, Carol musters the courage to pursue her secret aspiration to be a voice-over star. Armed with renewed confidence, Carol lands her first voice-over gig and then the real trouble begins as Carol becomes entangled in a web of dysfunction, sexism, unmitigated ego, and pride. In A World… brings its viewer into an idiosyncratic world where one woman fights the odds and finally finds her voice. Winner of the Waldo Salt screenwriting award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The Harnisch Foundation was thrilled to sponsor the screening of ‘In a World…’, written and directed by Lake Bell, at the 2014 Athena Film Festival. Click play to watch the trailer.

Whoopi Goldberg Presents Moms Mabley at Athena Film Festival 02/2/14

Breaking racial and gender stereotypes, the African-American stand-up comedienne Jackie “Moms” Mabley has long been an icon in the comedy world. Once billed as “the funniest woman in the world,” she performed on stage and in television and film until her death in 1975. The film’s screening at the Athena Film Festival was sponsored by The Harnisch Foundation.

Truth Be Told: Separating Fact from Fiction 01/30/14

In a media landscape marred by false equivalency, hype, spin and propaganda, have we lost sight of the existence and value of facts? Baruch College’s Truth Be Told panel, hosted by The Harnisch Foundation, discussed the exploration of separating fact from fiction – and how facts are identified and tested in medicine, business, law and journalism and what we can all learn about information quality.