Welcome New MAKERS Erin Brockovich, Genevieve S. Brown, Amy Goodman and Bonnie Schaefer!

MAKERS is proud to welcome four new trailblazing women!

The MAKERS community is thrilled to share the stories behind environmental activist, Erin Brockovich; urban revitalization pioneer, Genevieve S. Brown; CEO and philanthropist, Bonnie Schaefer; and Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman.

Erin Brockovich's story is such an interesting and important one that it was adapted into a film directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Julia Roberts. While the movie certainly does her story justice, there is so much more to this new MAKER's story that needs to be told. Brockovich shares the history behind the woman who catalyzed the largest direct action lawsuit of its kind against Pacific Gas and Electric Company of California. Brockovich talks about struggling with dyslexia growing up, the teacher who changed her life, and what her fight for the 600 people of Hinkley, California taught her. 

Genevieve S. Brown has been considered “one of the architects of the New Bronx.” She was a driving force behind the urban revitalization that helped rescue the borough from the violence, arson, and blight that made it internationally notorious in the 70s and 80s. Brown talks about forming the Mid-Bronx Desperados, one of her proudest accomplishments, and how she set the standard for people to follow. 

Bonnie Schaefer is the former co-CEO and co-Chairman of the Board of Claire’s Stores, Inc. She started as a sales associate and worked her way to the top with her sister. Schaefer talks about meeting Gloria Steinem, getting involved with Equality Now, and how her father turned into a feminist.

Amy Goodman is an award-winning independent journalist and host and executive producer of Democracy Now! Early in her career, Goodman witnessed the mass killings of 270 Timorese and exposed the massacre to the world. The experience illuminated the utter importance of independent media. She talks about defending her college thesis, the time President Clinton called her show, and the time she got arrested

MAKERS is thrilled to welcome these four women!