Take a room full of fashionistas, models styling fabulous clothes, a yummy lunch and a celebrity keynote speaker and you’ve got yourself a party! Thanks to CAbi and my super sweet consultant, Lori Okrongley, that’s how I spent last Wednesday afternoon.
If you follow the blog, you know I’ve been talking a lot about my recent CAbi party, and all the great clothes my friends and I purchased. CAbi is an at-home party consultant based fashion business. Wednesday’s “Exploring CAbi” event was a great way to see more CAbi clothes (I’m obsessed…see see my blog posts here, here, here and here), learn more about the company, hear what it’s like to be a consultant and get introduced to CAbi’s HEART of CAbi Foundation.
It’s really cool that CAbi gives back to the women they serve. The HEART of CAbi Foundation encourages and empowers women in need all over the world. CAbi has distributed clothing to communities affected by natural disasters in the U.S., as well as provided microloans for women to work their way out of poverty in over 47 countries.
In conjunction with the HEART of Cabi presentation, Academy Award Winner®, Geena Davis, was on hand to discuss the work she’s doing through the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. I have to say, Geena was just amazing. Within five minutes of her presentation, it was evident, she’s definitely more than just a pretty face. She was so articulate and intelligent. I was immediately struck by her personal genuineness and her passion for advocating on behalf of women and girls.
Geena discussed the fact that in family films, there is only one female character for every three male characters. In group scenes, only 17% of the characters are female. As Geena pointed out, when children repetitively see these types of portrayals, these negative stereotypes are ingrained over and over again. With the research gathered by the Geena Davis Institue on Gender Media, she hopes to educate and influence major networks, studios, production companies, guilds and agencies about the need for gender balance, reducing stereotyping and creating a wide variety of female characters for entertainment targeting children 11 and under.
So enough talk, how about some pictures!!
I was very impressed by the CAbi organization. If you’re interested in becoming a consultant or you want to host a party, check out their website for information.