Laura Owens, Tiffany Shlain, Pamela Rief and Pat Foote Join MAKERS!

MAKERS welcomed four new MAKERS to the community over the past weeks. Adding to our mix of creative and art-inspired women, Los Angeles-based artist Laura Owens and filmmaker and Webby Awards Founder Tiffany Shlain joined our collection. Additionally, Biomechanics educator Pamela Rief and retired U.S. Army Brigadier General Pat Foote made their way onto our list of Women Who Make America.


As a painter, Laura Owens focuses on largely scaled paintings that represent a blend of abstract and figurative, while incorporating whimsical doodles and fine line drawing. She is both an artist and a mom and her works have been featured in collections across the country, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. She explains how she deals with criticism about her art and why she thinks failure is interesting.


Tiffany Shlain is a woman of many talents. Not only is she the Founder of the Webby Awards, but she is also a successful filmmaker, artist and co-founder of The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences. Her films have been premiered at Sundance and have received more than 50 awards collectively. As a women in technology, Shlain still believes there should be a balance between the two. She explains the importance of occasionally unplugging from technology in order to enjoy life to the fullest.


Pamela Rief is a biomechanics specialist, trainer and Co-Founder of the Strengthen Up Project. After suffering a devastating sports injury, Rief dedicated her life to educating people on biomechanics habits in order to prevent similar injuries. She works to better the physical health of teens in order to help minimize life long pain. In her interview, she discusses her dreams and the importance of strength.


Groundbreaker and retired U.S. Brigadier General Pat Foote was the first female brigade commander in Europe and the first female faculty member of the U.S. Army War College. She is a champion for women’s advancement in the armed forces without special treatment and extinguishing sexual assault and harassment within its ranks. In her interview, she explains why she joined the army as a woman and how she managed to get herself to Vietnam during a time when women were kept away from combat zones.