The Husband Store…( the differences between men and women)

This was too good not to share…. I would give credit if I knew who wrote it!

A store that sells new husbands has opened in New York City where a woman may go to choose a husband. Among the instructions at the entrance is a description of how the store operates:

You may visit this store ONLY ONCE! There are six floors and the value of the products increase as the shopper ascends the flights. The shopper may choose any item from a particular floor, or may choose to go up to the next floor, but cannot go back down except to exit the building!

So, a woman goes to the Husband Store to find a husband. On the first floor the sign on the door reads:
Floor 1 – These men Have Jobs
She is intrigued, but continues to the second floor, where the sign  reads:
Floor 2 –  These men Have Jobs and Love Kids.
‘That’s nice,’ she thinks, ‘but I want more.’
So she continues upward. The third floor sign reads:
Floor 3 – These men Have Jobs, Love Kids, and are Extremely Good Looking.
‘Wow,’ she thinks, but feels compelled to keep going.
She goes to the fourth floor and the sign reads:
Floor 4 – These men Have Jobs, Love Kids, are Drop-dead Good Looking and Help With Housework.
‘Oh, mercy me!’ she exclaims, ‘I can hardly stand it!’
Still, she goes to the fifth floor and the sign reads:
Floor 5 – These men Have Jobs, Love Kids, are Drop-dead Gorgeous, Help with Housework, and Have a Strong Romantic Streak.
She is so tempted to stay, but she goes to the sixth floor, where the sign reads:
Floor 6 – You are visitor 31,456,012 to this floor. There are no men on this floor. This floor exists solely as proof that women are impossible to please. Thank you for shopping at the Husband Store. (scroll and  keep  reading!)  

To avoid gender bias charges, the store’s owner opened a New Wives store just  across the street.
The first floor has wives that love sex.
The second floor has wives that love sex and have money and like beer.
The third, fourth, fifth and sixth floors have never been visited.

 

There you have it.  The universe unfolded.

On joining the Board of Sundance Institute

 

I am so excited to share with you all that I  was recently elected to  Sundance Institute’s Board of Trustees. I am joining a most incredible group of industry leaders including Robert Redford, President and Founder, Pat Mitchell, Walter Weisman, Kenneth Cole and many many more. The Executive Director of the Institute is Keri Putnam, an outstanding woman leader who started in this role only two years ago following her position as President of Production for Miramax Films. ( pictured with me)

Many people know Sundance Institute primarily for the Sundnace Film Festival held in Park City, Utah every January.  While the festival is huge, Sundance works all year round to support and advance independent artists and their work.

It started 1981 by Robert Redford and a group of friends that were looking to start a community of artists in the mountains of Utah to create and foster independence, discovery and creativity in American Film. That first spring the Institute invited 10 artists to join in the first ever Sundance Institute Filmmakers/Directors Lab where writers and directors came to produce independent film projects. Since this initial effort nearly 5,000 artists and their films have been supported through their Artist Programs, Labs and Fellowships. (more history click here)

Ever since it has been attracting filmmakers and artists to Park City and the surrounding area with hopes of having their films be chosen as one of the 200 films picked each year for the Festival. It is impossible to know the impact Sundance has had on not only the industry as a whole, but in the lives of thousands of professionals who have worked on or appeared in a film.  Just this past weekend I had dinner with a filmmaker who got her start at Sundance and gives it credit for where she is today.

If you live in Utah you might be interested in knowing that according to the independent annual economic and demographic study conducted by the University of Utah’s Bureau of Economic and Business Research at the David Eccles School of Business (BEBR), the 2012 Sundance Film Festival  generated an overall economic impact of $80 million for the State of Utah. (posted in full on the Sundance Institute website) It  also found that the 2012 Festival: supported over 1,731 jobs; generated over $69 million in media exposure; provided nearly $6.9 million in tax revenue; and was attended by more than 46,000 people, a 2% increase over the prior year. More than 66 percent of festival attendees traveled from outside of Utah, more than 5,700 visitors were from international locations and more than 44 percent of tourist attendees indicated that they intend to visit Utah again during the next year.

If you are lucky enough to live in this beautiful state you can also benefit from many local events and programs. During the months not dedicated to the Film Festival the Sundance Institute works with the local community through their Community Programs to bring free and open Utah-based activities and events to more than 25,000 Utah residents each year. Through The Art House Project, which is a collaboration with art house cinemas in cities around the country, they create specialized screening programs of Sundance Institute and Sundance Film Festival-supported films for local audiences.

One of the main reasons I am so excited to be joining the board at this moment is because Sundance just announced a  women filmmakers initiative. In fact they announced it at a party at my home in January.  “Recognizing a unique opportunity to advance film culture and to forward its mission to discover and develop independent artists and audiences, Sundance Institute has collaborated with Women In Film to take a fresh look at this issue. Together, they will ultimately harness the creative programs of both institutions to understand and work toward addressing these challenges.” If you jump over to the resources section of my web-site you will see some pretty horrible statistics regarding women’s representation and participation in the film space generally.  It is so exciting that groups will be working together to address the unique challenges that women face in this industry.

Please consider supporting the work of Sundance Institute and stay tuned for more on this new initiative.  If you have not yet attended a festival, add it to your bucket list.  Figuring out how to get tickets is a bit of a challenge but well worth the effort! Sign up for their newsletter to learn more.

Rising International: A New Model To Help Alleviate Poverty

Early this month I attended the Women’s Funding Network Conference in Los Angeles where I had the honor and pleasure of re-meeting Carmel Jud, the President and CEO of Rising International.  Carmel was one of many vendors at the Conference who was selling products created by women, in this case women from around the world.  Needless to say  I loaded up on goods.  There are many, many ways to use our economic power to support women and girls, and buying cool stuff in a direct way is one of my favorites!

This incredible organization is aiming to end poverty and empower women by promoting women-owned businesses both globally and locally. Rising purchases exquisite products from around the world made by some of the poorest women on the planet. Further they are  the first non-profit to use the home party business model to sell these amazing goods. You can host a Rising home party where “you might meet the people of Sudan, Afghanistan, Bolivia, India, or Cambodia for example, without even leaving your house. 

Through their exquisite crafts their stories come to life. The people come to life. You learn that although the people are poor, their lives are full; their cultures rich, and their skills complex, unique and difficult.” You can also become a Rising Representative and earn income while doing good.  It is truly an amazing model.  If that all seems way too complicated just shop at their online store and encourage others to do the same.

Imagine, just imagine, if we all decided to direct at least a portion of our purchasing towards businesses such as these.  Could we change the world? Yes we really could.

To inspire you, read this…..

“Sylverine, one of our Rising artisans from Rwanda,  survived the 1994 genocide by hiding in a hole for 3 months.  Now a Rising Artisan, she used her Rising income from selling baskets to buy a plot of land.

Susanna, one of our Rising Representatives in the U.S., lost her brother to a drive by shooting.  She used her Rising income from selling Sylverine’s baskets to help move her family into a safer neighborhood.”

To see Carmel Jud speaking at TEDxSantaCruz and how she was inspired to start Rising International, click here.

On a more personal note, Carmel, you truly inspire me! I know what you do is hard, really hard.  You created a new business model, the first of it’s kind, because of your desire to truly make a difference in the lives of women around the world you have never met.  You are an innovator, an amazing social entrepreneur, an extraordinary philanthropist, and one of my super SHEROS! Thank you.

PS

I am a real HOMA fan.  She is one cool doll.  I am honored to have had my photo taken with her and I of course bought one of her sister Nadera dolls for my daughter.  To me HOMA is a true symbol of women helping women so make sure you buy a similar doll for that special girl in your life and tell her the story behind it.