Soroptimist is an international volunteer organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world.


–>Soroptimist means “best for women”. And that is what we are – women at our best helping other women to be their best. Soroptimist are women who wish to give back to their communities in an atmosphere of fun and friendship.

Today, nearly 100,000 Soroptimists in more than 120 countries and territories contribute their time and financial support to community based projects benefiting women and girls.

Throughout history, in every country in the world, women and girls face greater obstacles and discrimination because of their gender. One in three women will be beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused in their lifetime; the number of women infected with HIV/AIDS continues to steadily rise and is now reaching a staggering 18 million; women work two-thirds of the world’s hours but earn only 10 percent of the world’s income; two-thirds of the 880 million illiterate adults are women. Of the more than 110 million children not in school, approximately 60 percent are girls; two million girls and women are subjected to female genital mutilation every year.

Through international partnerships and a global network of members, Soroptimists inspire action and create opportunities to transform the lives of women and girls by:

  • Advocating for equity and equality
  • Creating safe and healthy environments
  • Increasing access to education
  • Developing leadership and practical skills for a sustainable future

Suzanne Lyons – Film Workshops

Suzanne is an amazing person to take a film workshop from.

here’s some tips from her current newsletter for indie producers




1. Mine your own network of people. Call everyone you know (your entire “Map of

Relationships”) and tell them exactly what you are doing — and make a request!

2. Do more networking! Go to events and get to know more people and tell them what you are up to.  Be clear, brief and specific.

3. Find other great people who can help you. Offer them an Associate Producer’s fee and credit if they are able to sell a minimum number of “units” in your film.

4. Offer an Executive Producer Credit on a single card in the main titles and on  the DVD cover and poster to people who buy and or sell a larger number of units  (i.e. our number was six units). Many people who are looking to start their own  film company really liked this opportunity.

5. Talk to Sales Agent and ask if they know anyone who might be interested in investing in films or if they themselves are interested in buying units.  One of our Sales  Agents was interested in purchasing two units on one of our films.

6. Hold a fantastic Sales Presentation and have some of your team/key attachments there if possible. For example; your director, line producer, DP or anyone on your team with great credits.

7. Ask your State/Provincial Film Commissioner (if you are shooting in your own state or province) if they would be willing to get investors together for you to  do a sales presentation. This has proven to be very very successful for some of  my students in my Low Budget Film Class.  One of the participants raised her entire budget of $650,000 during the two meetings set up by the Film Commissioner.

8. Buy a unit yourself. It really means a lot to investors that you have invested in your own film.  Just buying one unit is fine.  My last few films were low budget and the units were $7,500 which made it very doable.

9. Get educated on State and  Provincial  Incentives, but also think globally. There is a lot of money out their in the world. My first 3 films ($5 to $10 million) were co-productions with different countries. It may mean teaming up with a producing  partner in another country but well worth it if it means getting your movie made.

10. Give investors a chance to play. Offer the possibility to investors to really have some fun with you by offering a number of things – having a line in the film, being an extra, just being on the set (make sure you have head sets and chairs for them), getting pictures taken with the stars, inviting them to the Wrap Party (at their own expense of course), and perhaps even doing the song for your end roll credits. It’s all about having FUN!  If you are not having fun with all of this,  they won’t have fun and they will go play somewhere else.

Of course it is a business and you are a professional but they are not just investing

in your film, they are investing in YOU.  And of course, offer them a really great

deal. Stand in abundance when you write up your business plan.

Worker’s Entitlement v Management Treatment

I had a random thought about worker’s sense of entitlement in the workplace I don’t mean the fair treatment, wages, working conditions, credit for work – the basic reasonable stuff.

I mean the intentional little sabotage stuff – individual work slow downs, pushing the limits of break time, using sick leave when you’re not, expecting wages out of proportion to the value of the job, office theft of supplies, diva behaviour and other petty things.

I’ll even admit to occasionally engaging in bad behaviour myself – it often seems like the worst behaviour is encouraged and sometimes rewarded!

But I thought about the flip side – why managers seem to think of and treat employees like small children.

I wonder if there’s a direct relationship with worker’s sense of entitlement of being owed by management Is in direct proportion to management’s infantalizing the workers? Could it be that employees demand more benefits, more leave, more more more Because we’re being treated like children?

Managers withholding information, not valuing contributions or worse, taking credit for our contributions.

Are we in a death spiral with employees acting more and more like spoilt children and managers increasingly viewing us as such?

Did workers act like children first – demanding ever more – and so managers treated us like that?

Or did managers treat us like children and so the behaviour emerged?

each reinforcing the other in a death spiral of bad corporate cultures until we all have to attend anti-harassment and diversity training

which just means more time away from the desk and no improvement in behaviors on either side of the workplace line