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Celebrating International Women’s Day & Women’s History Month

February 17, 2021  • 
Celebrating International Women’s Day & Women’s History Month
Mickela Mallozzi Dancing at the Fruit and Vegetable Market in Basse Terre, Guadeloupe (Photo by Lina Plioplyte)

With March just around the corner, we are gearing up to mark the 2021 edition of Women’s History Month. In honor of the amazing women we get to work with, either in real life or through the work we do with clients, we’re rounding up a few story ideas from inspiring women below. 

Mickela Mallozzi of Bare Feet with Mickela Mallozzi

For Mickela Mallozzi, the Emmy-winning host & Executive Producer of Bare Feet with Mickela Mallozzi on PBS and Create TV, the goals and vision she originally had for the show were just starting to come to fruition when the pandemic hit and stopped production on season 4 of her show. After a series of rejections from networks while pitching her show concept, Mickela persevered to win multiple Emmys for On Camera Talent as one of the still all-too-few female travel show hosts on TV. 

Over the course of the previous 10 years, she has combined her twin loves of dancing and travel to create a new kind of travel show: one that invites viewers along as she discovers the world… one dance at a time. 

Her latest 2-part special in Guadeloupe during Carnival explores the French Caribbean through music, culture, dance and the Black Guadeloupean identity. The episodes are now airing on local PBS stations, nationally on Create TV and on PBS.org and the PBS app.  

A Powerhouse of Female Chefs in Chicago

On Monday, March 8th, celebrate International Women’s Day with Chicago’s talented female chefs.

Let’s Talk Womxn, a business initiative of women restaurateurs founded in 2020 by Chicago local Rohini Dey, Ph.D. (owner of Vermillion restaurant in Chicago) is debuting “Dine Together & Let’s Talk” on March 8, a multi-restaurant virtual dining experience of four to ten-course prix fixe menus (available via takeout) across nine U.S. cities (Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Phoenix, Lexington, Cincinnati and Bay Area / San Francisco) to help collectively support the restaurant industry. 

In each city, diners can order a takeout multi-restaurant, surprise menu from local female-owned restaurants, then join a zoom conversation from 7-8pm CT with the Let’s Talk Womxn moderated by Congresswoman Marie Newman and bestselling author & TED speaker Angela Duckworth. The deadline to order is March 4th, 2021. 

Or support one of these other Chicago-based female chefs:

With extensive experience throughout Hawaii and Chicago, Chef Elizabeth Sweeney leads the LondonHouse Chicago’s culinary team utilizing local, seasonal ingredients. She brings her creativity and leadership in the kitchen to the luxury lifestyle property every day and enriches the legendary guest experiences LondonHouse Chicago is known for.

With multiple years of experience in the hospitality industry, Pastry Chef Danielle Marelli of Travelle at The Langham works with energy and passion to deliver superior desserts. Marelli has been a part of the Travelle team since 2014, when she joined as a pastry chef de partie. Her passion for organization ensures efficient operations of pastry preparation, production, and presentation.

Yūgen General Manager & Director of Operations Morgan Olszewski brings an enlightened perspective to Yūgen, focusing on fluidity, transparency, and creativity. For Olszewski, a working environment has to be welcoming of varying opinions, with the effort to incorporate all creative ideas into the overall strategic plan for success and growth.

Worldwide Kisses: Francesca da Rimini

Francesca da Rimini, the most famous character from Dante’s Inferno and worldwide heroine of love and passion from Dante’s Comedy, will be the focus of a celebration in Rimini (Emilia Romagna) and Gradara (Marche) on International Women’s Day and “Francesca’s Day”.

On March 8, 2021, a global event focused on Francesca da Rimini will be part of the commemorations around the 700th anniversary of Dante’s death. Twenty-one universities from all over the world will connect via live stream to recite and act out the verses of Francesca da Rimini in canto V.

Lead and coordinated by the Teatro Galli in Rimini, the event will feature students and teachers from twenty-one universities on five continents, from Adelaide to Siena, Paris to San Paolo, Quito to Yekaterinburg, Fribourg to Buenos Aires, Ravenna to Shanghai, Santiniketan to New York, Barcelona to Los Angeles, Göttingen to Toronto and Amsterdam to Johannesburg as they take turns reciting, animating and remarking (in the local language) on the V Canto of Hell, which boasts the most famous verses of the world, dedicated to the passion and to the kiss, in an ecumenical embrace.

The performances will be live streamed via social media and a dedicated website, www.bacidalmondo.com, beginning at 9:30 am, UTC + 1.

The videos will be used to produce a documentary film and an educational and informative print publication.

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