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MAKERS Hosts Its First-Ever Town Hall Event

After a week of reflection following Election 2016, MAKERS hosted its first-ever town hall on Thursday night in an evening aimed to heal, inspire, and generate ideas on how to move forward together.

"When we don’t have answers to all of our questions," MAKERS Founder and Executive Producer Dyllan McGee said to open the night, "We reach out to our MAKERS and our MAKERS community for answers and that is how the idea for this town hall was hatched."

Among the MAKERS who came to speak were Diane von Furstenberg, Marlo Thomas, Kathy Najimy, Reshma Saujani, and Megan Smith (via video).

Here are just a few of the highlights:
• "We have to think of our own strength… If everyone does that, we will change the world." —Diane von Furstenberg
• "Instead of waiting for the perfect candidate, look in the mirror... Maybe you are the woman to fix what's broken," —Marlo Thomas
• "It's a three pronged deal: heal... inform... introduce rage." —Kathy Najimy
• "For years I watched Hillary Clinton dust off that pantsuit and for every insult, every hateful thing... she got up." —Reshma Saujani

Nearly 140 other influential women attended the town hall, including the following speakers: co-founder of Women in Entertainment, Dee Poku; activists Sarah Sophie Flicker and Tanya Selvaratnam; Director of Engagement for Hillary for America, De'Ara Balenger; writer and organizer Amy Richards; HuffPost Executive Women's Editor, Emma Gray; CEO of Full Picture, Desiree Gruber; Crisis Text Line Director of Communications, Liz Eddy; journalist, Soledad O'Brien; co-organizer of the Women's March on Washington, Ginny Suss; and many more.

In an effort to hear the voices of every individual in the room, attendees participated in an open "fishbowl" conversation, where each guest pulled a card out of a glass bowl with questions and/or solutions submitted by another participant. MAKERS will use the output from the evening to create working groups with an eye towards reporting back at The 2017 MAKERS Conference

Questions ranged from "How do we make it important for women to support other women?" to "How do we raise the next generation of boys to be feminists?" to "How do we get women into the next administration?" While some suggested ideas for action included: volunteer for the Crisis Text Line, participate in the Women’s March on Washington, and create positive media and stories to share the good.

The night came to a close with a moving tribute to Gwen Ifill and more mingling, connecting, and mobilizing.

Watch highlights from the event below.

 

 

NEXT: MAKERS Announces The 2017 MAKERS Conference »

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