Ophelia Dahl, Julie Rofman, Barbara Burns and Dusty Roads Join MAKERS

Last week, we welcomed two new MAKERS whose creative backgrounds helped propel them towards making a difference both at home and abroad—American health care advocate and Haiti relief volunteer Ophelia Dahl and jewelry designer Julie Rofman.


As the daughter of author Roald Dahl and actress Patricia Neal, Ophelia Dahl grew up in a unique environment of creativity and exploration. As a teenager, she volunteered in Haiti where she met her future business partner, Paul Farmer. Together the two founded Partners in Health, a non-profit organization that advocates for health care in developing nations. In her interview, she describes what it was like growing up with her imaginative father, her experiences during the 2010 Haiti earthquake and where she finds her source of strength.


Julie Rofman, an artist and business owner, uses her creativity to explore her imagination as a painter, sculptor and jewelry designer. She works with artisans in Guatemala to create beautiful beadwork bracelets, which have sold online in over 100 stores worldwide. As a businesswoman, Rofman discusses the importance of trusting your gut instinct and doing what you love in order to reach your goals.


This week groundbreakers Barbara Burns and Dusty Roads joined our MAKERS communities bringing their courageous stories of overcoming sexual harassment and gender discrimination.


As one of the first female coal miners in the country, Barbara Burns unfortunately experienced unnecessary commentary and ridicule from co-workers but she did not let it keep her from the mines. Following her career as a coal miner, Burns was recruited to Smoot Coal as a lab technician where she was faced with even greater mistreatment due to her gender. Burns discusses the impact her thirteen-year sexual harassment suit had on her family and how despite her struggle, she still does not consider herself a man hater.


Barbara “Dusty” Roads is a former stewardess and union leader whose courage also drove her to lead a landmark sex discrimination case in the airline industry after learning she and her co-workers were to remain unmarried and retire at the age of 32. Though she loved her glamorous career, Roads describes the moment she realized industry policies were a national issue and its contribution to the women’s movement on a whole.