Point of View (POV) History

The Family of Woman Film Festival presented its inaugural Point of View (POV) Breakfast sessions in 2015. This feature was created to give donors of $500 and above an opportunity to engage in informal conversations with unique leaders, who are making a difference in the lives of women and girls around the world.


Sarah Deer

A citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) nation of Oklahoma and a professor at the University of Oklahoma, spoke after a screening of  the documentary, Sisters Rising, about the sexual violence endured by Native American Woman.

Linda Barnett

Chair of the Board of Directors of The Children’s Radio Foundation spoke of their work with 3500 trained youth reporters across seven countries in Africa.


Bouwe-Jan Smeding

Bouwe-Jan Smeding, Senior Program Advisor in the UNFPA Humanitarian office

Suzanne Bowles

Suzanne Bowles is a TOSTAN Representative with a degree in Politics and International Relations from Mount Holyoke College and a graduate of the Tools for Change/ Building Sustainable Local Economies at the E.F. Schumacher Society.

Naima Dido

Naima Dido is a TOSTAN Representative who has over 20 years of experience working with underprivileged refugee communities in the U.S. and Africa, and holds a BS in International Business.


Susan Sygall

Susan Sygall, CEO of MIUSA (Mobility International USA), is an internationally-recognized expert in the area of international development, educational exchange and leadership programs for persons with disabilities. In 2000, she received the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship Award.


Yemurai Nyoni

Yemurai Nyoni has been a youth family planning ambassador for The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Zimbabwe.

Muhammad Shahzad

Muhammad Shahzad is the founder and executive director of Chanan Development Association, a national youth-led organization founded in 2004.


Sarah Costa

Sarah Costa is the Executive Director of the Women’s Refugee Commission.

Stephanie Sinclair

Stephanie Sinclair is a Pulitzer Prize-winning international photojournalist, acclaimed for her coverage of the human toll of war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Her “Too Young to Wed” series has led to her creation of a non-profit to protect girls’ rights and end child marriage.


Elizabeth Scharpf

Elizabeth Scharpf, Founder of sustainable Health Enterprises, a social enterprise addresses girls’ and women’s lack of access to affordable menstrual pads in Africa, Asia and South America.

Jennah Scott

Jennah Scott, Director of the Liberia Philanthropy Secretariat in the Office of the President of Liberia.