Dear Guests,

For 35 years, women have outnumbered men in American colleges. Federal data show that female students became the majority in 1979 and for the past decade have accounted for about 57 percent of enrollment at degree-granting institutions.

There are 102 women in the U.S. House of Representatives (not counting four female territorial delegates), making women 23.4% of the total of U.S. Representatives. Women have been elected to the U.S. House of Representatives from 46 of the 50 states.

the number of serving women Senators reached a record of 21, 16 of whom were Democrats, and the other 5 being Republicans.

forty-four women have served or are serving as the governor of a U.S. state.

In 2018, women comprised 20% of all directors, writers, producers, executive producers, editors, and cinematographers working on the top 250 domestic grossing films.

Sincerely,

Gisele Haralson & Veraniece “Vera” Williams
Pi 3.14 Foundation

The Hosts

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Gisele Haralson

Co-Host

Gisele Haralson is an, author, screenwriter, radio personality, film producer and activist. She is also the Founder of Follow Dreams Productions- a film company created to inspire others to bring their projects to reality.   Her professional career has been dedicated to educating and motivating women to follow their dreams. She has authored two successful books- More Than Just Sex: It’s The Art of the Chase- African American Women Defining Themselves, Black Men, Each Other, Relationships and Secrets to Love and Happiness and most recently, When Money Meets Seduction; Inspiring Financial Lessons of Women Who Have Connected with Money and Power.  She is in production on two films; a feature film entitled, “The Art of the Chase,” as well as a documentary- “Who Said You Can’t?  African Americans in Science. 

Gisele is the Executive Director of Child Development Institute; this organization has brought her back to her love which is the development of children, particularly in the area of the arts.  Her work with families has led her to receive the National Association for Family Childcare Leadership Award, she is affiliated with the Louisiana International Film Festival and a member of Women in Film and Television and the Chair of the Baton Rouge branch; she is committed to the work of women being able to express themselves through the arts.
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Veraniece ``Vera`` Williams

Co-Host

Over the past twenty-five years, Veraniece “Vera” Williams has enjoyed an increasingly successful career in both education and business. A graduate of Southern University in Baton Rouge, Vera received a Bachelor of Arts in Vocational Business. Upon graduation, she began working as an English in Terrebonne Parish Schools and attended Nichol’s State University and received an English minor Less than ten years after graduation, Vera went on to receive Masters of Science in Administration and Supervision and along with an additional thirty credit hours in Guidance and Counseling.

During her time at Terrebonne Parish, her love for beauty and fashion led her to seek out her cosmetology license and open her own salon and beauty bar. Ultimately, her education career led her to New Orleans where she served as marketing education/entrepreneurship instructor for the New Orleans Public Schools System.

During her career in New Orleans, Vera entered into the hospitality industry in New Orleans’s historic 7th ward neighborhood.