Lisa Russell, MPH is an Emmy-winning filmmaker, UN/NGO Storyteller and Artist Curator, 2x TEDx Speaker, Fulbright Specialist and Founder whose work lies at the intersection of arts, social justice and global development.
“An Erie Silence” is an independent feature length film currently in production.
The McBride Viaduct connects two of Erie, PA's poorest – and blackest – neighborhoods. The city is determined to demolish it. Local activists want to save it. "An Erie Silence" follows Erie's typically complacent residents as they raise their voices in a new civil rights case in the city that USA Today calls the “Worst City for Black Americans”.
Next Level is a cultural diplomacy program by UNC Chapel Hill and Meridian International, sponsored by the US State Department that brings hip hop artist to other countries for workshops and performances. This is a recap of their 2018 program in Myanmar, featuring artists DJ Trife (DJ), Tsunami (Dancer), Benu (Beatboxer) and Big Piph (Emcee.)
3 women. 3 countries. 3 stories untold. Until now.
"Heroines of Health", a new film by Emmy-winning filmmaker Lisa Russell and executive produced by GE Healthcare, provides an intimate look into the lives of three remarkable women - Dr. Sharmila (India), Mercy (Kenya) and Mrs. Rohani (Indonesia) - who have overcome incredible challenges to become life saving forces in their communities as women in global health.
"#Create2030" is a new advocacy video and create campaign produced with support of the UN's SDG Advocacy Group to engage artists in the SDGs. It's mission is to recruit and mobilize socially conscious artists who are committed to using their talents for the social good around the Global Goals. The film is narrated by Laolu with music by Ray Angry and features artists including Zap Mama, Toni Blackman, Bilal, Ivan Katz, Jared Green, Mari Malek, and others.
speaking at some of the leading UN/NGO gatherings, international conferences, and universities.
Her topics include:
Narrative Justice: Responsible Storytelling in Global Health
Changing the Narrative of Women and Girls
Engaging Artists and Creatives to elevate the SDGs
TEDx Asbury Park in Asbury Park, NJ, USA
TEDx Johnson & Johnson in Philadelphia, PA, USA
World Conference on Creative Economy in Bali, Indonesia
4th World Conference on Media and Mass Communications in Bangkok, Thailand
ISNTD Conference in London, UK
Social Good Summit, NYC, USA
Switchpoint, NC, USA
Unite for Sight Global Health and Innovation Conference at Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA
Global Health Corps Training Institute at Yale University, New Haven, CT, USA
National Youth Leadership Forum on Digital Media, Film and Journalism
National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine
Timothy Global Health Annual Conference, Nashville, IN, USA
Harvard University, Yale University, UCLA, USC, UC Berkeley, Columbia University, Smith College, Claremont College, Colorado State University, University of North Carolina, Duke University, Lehigh University, McGill University, Rutgers University, New Jersey City University, Wellesley University, Wisconsin College of Medicine, Boston University, Oberland University, Central Connecticut College, University of Texas School of Public Health, Baylor School of Medicine, Smith College, Albert Einstein School of Medicine, Georgetown University, and others.
Curated poetry and musical performances for the 2018 United Nation's Ministerial High Level Event on Youth Peace and Security; curated musical and poetry performances for the 2018 UN DPI/NGO Conference; curated musical performance for UN Women for 2018 CSW; delivered closing remarks for UN DPI's Youth Led Briefing on Climate Change, 2015; curated artist performances for UN Secretary General's Every Woman, Every Child event, 2015; curated artist performances for UN Foundation's Solution Summit event, 2015; curated artist performances for 20 year anniversary of World Programme for Youth (WPAY+20), 2015; curated artist performances for opening of ECOSOC's Youth Forum, 2014; curated artist performances for Launch of World Youth Report, 2014;. screened “PODER!” Trailer at Interagency Meeting on Youth, 2013; screening of “YOUTH ZONES” at UN High Level Meeting on Youth, 2010; screening of “YOUTH VOICES” at UN High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS, 2010; screening of “Love, Labor, Loss” at Beijing +10 United Nations Conference, 2005; curator of UNFPA's Family of Woman Photography Exhibit, 2014.
ARTify Your Mission is Lisa’s new business development consultancy service which provides companies and social impact brands an opportunity to:
translate their mission statements into dynamic content using creative workshops, live performances and partnerships;
develop a creative strategy plan to infuse arts, creativity and storytelling into their company’s work culture; and
engage them in developing ethical business practices in working with the creative community.
In March and April, 2019, Lisa piloted the ARTify Your Mission services, financed by Grounded.World, a social innovation and communications consultancy firm, and with participation from Real Leaders Magazine, the world’s first sustainable business & leadership magazine.
Using her 15 + years experience conducting workshops and curating artistic performances, Lisa and the two artists flew to St. Thomas to work directly with the Founders of Real Leaders. After curating a day-long creative workshop helping the Founders to dig deep to understand their mission and how to better reach a larger audience through arts and storytelling, Lisa then worked with the two artists to write a spoken word poem, choreograph a live performance with the poet and DJ and directed a videographer to capture the final reveal at the Mo Summit in NC, an invitation-only, two-day event convening top CEOs who are scaling high-growth, positive-impact companies using the power and creativity of business.
ARTify Your Mission was hugely successful showcasing how artists can lead the way in producing electrifying, solutions-based creative services using the power of arts and storytelling.
"Lisa Russell is a phenomenal speaker and inspirational role model for these students who want to emulate her and combine filmmaking/media with social justice issues/causes. As usual, she attracts an enthusiastic large group that wants to speak with her individually after the plenary."
- Faculty Advisor, National Youth Leadership Forum on Digital Media, Film and Journalism
"Lisa Russell really empowered me with her speech. I loved the insight she provided and it really changed my views on a lot of issues today. Her work ethic is very inspiring and I hope one day if I work in that field I can have as much drive and passion as her."
- Student, National Youth Leadership Forum on Digital Media, Film and Journalism
"I want to thank you for all your work with us on the Town Hall event. Both performances were incredible, the steppers a lively and engaging start to the show and Sore's spoken word piece was hugely powerful.”
- Sarah Brown, Global Education Advocate and President, TheirWorld
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