The Empowerment Project documentary

    January 16, 2016 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
    YWCA Tucson
    525 N Bonita Ave
    Tucson, AZ 85745


    The Empowerment Project follows the incredible journey of a crew of female filmmakers driving across America to encourage, empower, and inspire the next generation of strong women. Driving over 7,000 miles from Los Angeles to New York over the course of 30 days, the documentary spotlights positive and powerful women leaders across a variety of lifestyles and industries.

    The screening will take place at the YWCA, 525 W. Bonita Ave., Tucson, Arizona, 85745, on Saturday, January 16, 2016. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m and the screening will begin at 10am. A discussion will take place after the screening. 

    Although a free event, the organizers ask that participants consider bringing donations of all sizes of sanitary napkins and tampons, as well as reusable menstrual cups in support of the YWCA’s new initiative, Project Period (

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


    1. Very inspiring film about sisterhood between 5 women making this documentary and the powerful, extraordinary women they interview from LA to NYC: a math professor, a pilot, an athlete/fitness coach, chef/restaurant owner, an architect, founder of running program “Girls on the Run”, a Space Shuttle astronaut, Miss USA 2012, Vice Admiral (4 stars) in U.S. Navy. The messages from the movie were transformative, about living your passions & dreams (even if they are hobbies), loving & creating your own world, finding role models, helping girls & women. Question at the end for future discussion – “What would you do, if you were not afraid to fail?” Stayed tuned for Feb. 13 for further discussions on this topic at YWCA Tucson. Today’s event sponsored by Organizing for America, President Obama’s dream project.


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