GWEN Co-Founder Joins Digital Partner, WeVideo in “Changing Lives through Collaborative Video Telling” Panel at SXSW March 11

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Posted on March 08, 2013

GWEN Co-Founder Joins Digital Partner, WeVideo in
“Changing Lives through Collaborative Video Telling” Panel at SXSW March 11

From Collaboration to Empowerment, Social Video Improves Lives

LOS ANGELES and Palo Alto, CA (March 7, 2013) – In a highly anticipated South By Southwest (SXSW) panel about personal empowerment through collaborative video storytelling, executives from the Global Women’s Empowerment Network’s (GWEN), along with leading online video editor WeVideo, will discuss “Changing Lives Through Collaborative Video Telling” on March 11.

GWEN Co-Founder and COO Tess Cacciatore will take the stage at 11 a.m. with WeVideo Inc. Vice President of Marketing and Sales, Mark Floisand, accompanied by Christopher Dubia, senior technology advisor for Qatar Foundation International, to discuss how social video empowers abused women to speak out and share their stories, as well as other topics around personal empowerment through storytelling.

“Collaborative video is an empowering medium because it brings people with common stories together who may not have the resources to ever meet in person,” says Cacciatore, who is also an award-winning producer, videographer, journalist and social entrepreneur who has dedicated her life to advocate for peace, justice and equality around the world.

“We’re on a mission, to help abused women share their stories of empowerment, and that means the technologies we implement need to be simple and very accessible. We embedded the WeVideo editor into our site so anyone who visits can click it, make a video and share it with our network. We’ve found that when you give these women the right tools, you just have to stand back and let their stories do the talking.”

Global online non-profit community, GWEN, harnesses the power of technology and multimedia to connect and empower those suffering from abuse. WeVideo, the cloud-based video software technology provider is GWEN’s partner in the “Tell Us Your Story” campaign, a global search for the most moving empowerment stories.

“We think of WeVideo as a digital window that lets anyone easily use their webcam, or even cell phone to make a video that tells their story,” says Floisand. “We are proud to work with GWEN because their work is important and their audience needs tools like WeVideo to spread messages of empowerment.”

To participate in the “Tell Us Your Story” campaign, people are invited to submit a video of up to three minutes long focusing on such topics as domestic abuse, sexual abuse, verbal abuse, bullying and human trafficking.

Following the panel presentation from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Cacciatore will demonstrate how GWEN utilizes the technology for its “Tell Us Your Story” campaign at WeVideo’s exhibitor booth #123 at the Austin Convention Center from 2 – 6 p.m. Cacciatore will then show a sampling of the stories already submitted using the technology in which participants share their personal stories of triumphing over abuse.

WeVideo submitted the panel topic for consideration last fall and it was chosen through an online vote. The company promoted the panel idea by emphasizing how organizations around the globe are increasingly using innovative ways to use collaborative video storytelling to make a difference in the world. Fueled by the explosion of online video sharing, high-quality video cameras built into mobile phones and more accessible video editing tools, the ability to use video as a medium for sharing ideas and telling compelling stories has never been so accessible and easy.

GWEN released its first technology product, the GWEN Alert in October at Digital Hollywood in Los Angeles. The free phone application, currently available for iPhones and on Androids, features an “emergency” button to use in times of distress. With the click of the emergency button on a smart phone, a user can discreetly send a preset text to her/his GWEN FIVE instantly alerting them and activating GPS tracking for the location. Members on the user’s GWEN FIVE can then send help to the location, even if the victim is in transit.

For Cacciatore, GWEN is the culmination of more than 20 years working as a producer in the entertainment and technology industries and working in the international arena for causes benefitting children, youth and women. She founded the organization with CEO Michael Feintech Littenberg, a successful entrepreneur with a passion for creative expression and a commitment to civil rights and social justice.

The organization is seeking mentors and coaches. If interested, please email media@gwennetwork.org. For more information on GWEN, please visit:
http://www.GWENnetwork.org
https://www.facebook.com/GWENstories
http://twitter.com/gwenorg
http://www.youtube.com/user/GWENorg

Join the panel at SXSW Monday, March 11 at 11 a.m., InterContinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel in the Capital Ballroom, Section B.

About WeVideo
WeVideo (www.wevideo.com) is a unique cloud-based collaborative video editing service that helps people from all over the world simply create and share great-looking videos. The WeVideo editor is easy enough for first-time editors, and sophisticated enough to help anyone create a professional-looking video. WeVideo works through any browser and as an integrated video editor within YouTube and Google Drive. The company’s headquarters are in Palo Alto, California and its services are based on technologies that originated in Scandinavia.

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WeVideo contact: Jennifer L. Jacobson pr@wevideo.com

GWEN contacts: Karin Olsen / AMAZON Marketing Partners / 310-497-0052 / karin@amazonmarketingpartners.com and Steve Allen / Steve Allen Media / 661-255-8283 / media@steveallen.net

Global Women’s Empowerment Network Launches Online Community to Connect and Empower Those Suffering from Abuse

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Posted on January 18, 2013

GWEN Harnesses Power of Technology and Multimedia to Unite
Audiences Worldwide

LOS ANGELES (August 21, 2012) — The Global Women’s
Empowerment Network (GWEN) has launched a global online non-
profit community that harnesses the power of technology and
multimedia to connect and empower those suffering from abuse.

Through mobile and online platforms, GWEN provides communication
and cause-related solutions that inspire victims from around the globe
to cultivate, strengthen, and share their inner voice to gain confidence
and heal. While GWEN’s primary audience is women of all ages who
have faced abuse, men are also welcome into the community.

GWEN’s technology and multimedia hub provides GWEN members,
viewers, and contributors a safe, nurturing and judgment-free forum
for creative expression. It allows victims to share their stories of
tragedy to triumph, while providing an opportunity to access tools that
empower themselves, their families, and their community.

GWEN is releasing its first technology product, a mobile application,
and a PSA video contest in September. Additional plans include
outreach programs around specific types of abuse including bullying
and domestic abuse, interactive online courses, collaborative media
strategies, a live-streaming web series, healthy product lines and
more.

GWEN co-founder and COO Tess Cacciatore is an award-winning
producer, videographer, journalist and social entrepreneur who has
dedicated her life to advocate for peace, justice and equality around
the world. Cacciatore founded the organization with CEO Michael
Feintech Littenberg, a successful entrepreneur with a passion for
creative expression and a commitment to civil rights and social justice.

For Cacciatore, GWEN is the culmination of more than 20 years
working as a producer in the entertainment and technology industries
and working in the international arena for causes benefitting children,
youth and women. “GWEN is a powerful combination of a safe forum
for expression; technology that connects victims with other victims;
hope for those ready to move beyond abuse; and access to support.
This organization unites everything I’ve worked for and we have the
passion, the technology and the focus to help women move beyond
abuse.”

The organization is seeking mentors and coaches. If interested, please
email media@gwennetwork.org. For more information on GWEN,
please visit:
www.GWENnetwork.org

https://www.facebook.com/GWENstories

http://twitter.com/gwENorg

http://www.youtube.com/user/GWENorg

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Media Contact: Karin Olsen / AMAZON Marketing Partners / 310-497-
0052 / karin@amazonmarketingpartners.com

DALLAS SINGER/SONGWRITER/ACTOR GARY LYNN FLOYD WINS BEST ADULT CONTEMPORARY FOR “UNBOUND” AT HOLLYWOOD MUSIC IN MEDIA AWARDS

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Posted on January 17, 2013

Artist Performed his Original and Recently Named Theme Song for the
Global Women’s Empowerment Network at the LA Event

DALLAS (November 21, 2012) – Dallas singer/songwriter/actor Gary
Lynn Floyd won Best Adult Contemporary award for his original
“Unbound” the Hollywood Music in Media Awards at the Fonda Theater
in Los Angeles. Floyd performed the song at the ceremony.

The Global Women’s Empowerment Network’s (GWEN) co-founder and
COO Tess Cacciatore used the event to officially announce “Unbound”
as the organization’s theme song.

GWEN is a global online community that harnesses the power of
technology and multimedia to connect and empower those suffering
from abuse. Through mobile and online platforms, GWEN provides
communication and cause-related solutions that inspire victims to
cultivate, strengthen, and share their inner voice to gain confidence
and heal.

Lyrics for “Unbound” underline the organization’s “Tell Us Your Story”
initiative launching this month which invites GWEN’s global community
of members to share their vision, passion, and experiences of healing
through the WeVideo (www.wevideo.com) cloud-based video editor.

Known for his soulful blend of pop, country and R & B, Floyd said he
wrote the song “Unbound” after a period of soul searching. “I was
living in Nashville and pounding the pavement, playing my songs
for anyone who would listen. I had also been exploring the spiritual
practices of meditation and yoga. It was a time of letting go of who I
thought I was supposed to be and learning to become more authentic,
not only in my life, but in my songwriting.”

Floyd said it was a chance meeting with Cacciatore at an ASCAP
showcase last summer that started the idea for the theme song.
“I sang ‘Unbound’ that night and afterwards Tess came up and
said ‘I’ve got to have that song for GWEN.’ It was one of those chance
encounters that you can’t plan, but when they happen, you know
they’re a bit of divine intervention.

Cacciatore said “Gary Lynn Floyd is an amazing human being and an
impressive talent. From the day we met, Gary committed to GWEN’s
mission to help transform life beyond abuse. His song ‘Unbound’ is
a heartfelt anthem to people everywhere to support each other. The
feel, lyrics, music and spirit of the song is perfect for our community
for sharing and healing. I can’t think of a better song to represent
GWEN.”

Cacciatore explained that the organization created the “Tell Us Your
Story” campaign to give a voice to those who are ready to share and
begin to heal. “The campaign enables women, men, and children to
share their journey of tragedy to triumph through multiple creative
channels — video, multi-media and written submissions — and
participate in a global search for the most moving empowerment
story.”

Floyd is a native Texan from Conroe. He began picking out melodies
on the piano when he was four and has gone on to an acclaimed
career on stage, television and film. The Dallas Observer says, “His
original ballads pound with soul and fire.”

In 2010, Floyd was nominated for three Out Music Awards, including
Album of The Year for his critically acclaimed EP, The Gospel
of Zen. His most recent CD, Then + Now, is a retrospective of
original songs over the past decade and is available here: http://
www.reverbnation.com/garylynnfloyd.

Floyd was recently featured on the CW series “TroubadourTX,” a music
documentary following Texas singer/songwriters. Theatrical credits
include Next to Normal, Grey Gardens, AIDA, Crimes of the Heart and
Pumpboys & Dinettes.

For more information on GWEN, please visit:
www.GWENnetwork.org

https://www.facebook.com/GWENorg

http://twitter.com/gwENorg

http://www.youtube.com/user/GWENorg

Media Contact: Karin Olsen / AMAZON Marketing Partners / 310-497-
0052 / karin@amazonmarketingpartners.com