Lisa is an EMMY-WINNING FILMMAKER and FOUNDER of CREATE2030

who brings ARTISTS and CREATIVES together with UN/NGO ACTORS

to amplify the power of ARTS and STORYTELLING to achieve the

17 SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS


PREVIOUS CLIENTS AND PARTNERS:

ABOUT LISA:

UN/NGO CONTRACTED CREATIVE PROFESSIONAL

Lisa is contracted by leading UN/NGO agencies, brands and other entities to produce films and curate live artistic performances, creative workshops or partnerships in support of the Sustainable Development Goals.



TEDx & KEYNOTE SPEAKER


As a pioneer and leading voice in the movement to engage professional artists and storytellers in the UN/NGO sector, Lisa is often tapped to keynote and speak at leading international conferences including the World Conference on Creative Economy, Women Deliver Arts & Film Festival, UNGA, HLPF and others.

EDUCATOR & WORKSHOP FACILITATOR

Lisa leads workshops and educational seminars at universities, international conferences, youth leadership forums and more on topics including narrative justice/responsible storytelling, artify your mission, climate storytelling and others.

TEDx & KEYNOTE SPEAKER

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"Lisa's an excellent facilitator with a wealth of experience in filmmaking, storytelling, and social justice causes. Taking her workshop taught me about building characters and crafting compelling stories in an ethical and responsible way. I left feeling inspired by the power of storytelling to shift narratives and move the needle on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals."

- Gretchen Gasteier, MPH, Former Global Health Corps Fellow

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WATCH MY TEDx TALK:

"Shifting the Story"


Hi, I'm Lisa Russell!

I'm an Emmy-winning filmmaker, UN/NGO arts curator and speaker with a 20-year career that lies at the intersection of arts, social justice and global development.


Here's my story...


After getting my Masters in Public Health in 1998, I landed my first job in a war zone where I got to witness first-hand both the benefits - but also the harm - in how powerful the media was and started to analyze UN/NGO stories that were being told of vulnerable populations (especially women and young people.)


I decided I wanted to change the narrative of UN/NGO storytelling, using a human rights lens that prioritized justice-based storytelling over charity-based storytelling.


I launched my first independent, UN-sponsored film by jumping on a tour bus with the Grammy-nominated artist, Zap Mama, whose music was in my film. I engaged other artists in my work ever since!


Although I wear many hats - my goal is to engage artists in the SDG movement in a responsible manner - and do so by educating both artists and UN/NGO actors through workshops and professional development exercises how to do so that builds an inclusive and sustainable environment for artists and creatives to thrive!

LISA'S FILMOGRAPHY

Lisa has worked as an independent filmmaker and has a 20-year portfolio of films that span the globe.

SELECTED SHORT FILMS

UN INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF CREATIVE ECONOMY

For IFC/World Bank Group

MOTHER'S CRY

For I Sell the Shadow


HEROINES OF HEALTH

For GE Healthcare


SHEVAX+

For Tufts University


SCREENPLAYS

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"Consistently, youth program participants cite Lisa's workshop as one of their favorites because they realize how their climate story is a critical tool in their climate advocacy toolbox. Lisa's workshops enable youth climate advocates to craft compelling stories of how climate change threatens their present and future and foster a sense of urgency for individual and collective action on the climate crisis. Lisa is an engaging workshop facilitator with a wealth of experience and a deep passion for using the arts and storytelling as vehicles for social change."


- Karina Weinstein, FXB USA Youth Climate Advocates Program

SPEAKER

Lisa is a 3x TEDx Speaker and has keynoted, emceed or spoken on world stages.

CURATOR

Lisa is Founder of Create2030 and curates live performances, creative workshops and parterships with a large, international network of diverse, professional artists and content creators.

ZUHURA THE AFRICAN LIONESS

Poet, Performer | Tanzania

SAMUCA

Dancer, Filmmaker | Brazil

ROXY AZARI

Poet, Writer | USA

CHIDIEBERE IBE

Medical Illustrator | Nigeria

ARTS ENVOY LAB

Check out Lisa's Comprehensive Online Training Program for Artists and Creatives Who Want to Align their Voices and Platforms in Support of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs.)

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“The storytelling in global health workshop that Lisa gives to our Master of Public Health students every year is always a highlight. We get fantastic feedback from students on how much they learned about how to craft impactful stories to engage the audience and make their messages more meaningful. And the workshop is being delivered by an award-winning expert in this field! The workshop is something that I look forward to every year because Lisa’s expertise in this area is so impressive yet she is really easy to work with.”


- Mellissa Withers, PhD, MHS, Keck School of Medicine of USC

COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY AND INCLUSION

As an Asian American woman who grew up in a low-income, immigrant household and was the first person in my family to attend college, I have been more comfortable in the struggle for equality than a beneficiary of it. Therefore, I have been an strong advocate for the inclusion of BI-POC and global south artists in my work. Throughout my years as a filmmaker and curator, I have used my privilege working in prestigious institutions to open doors for others to share their voices in important rooms and on major stages. I am a SheDecides Global Chamption, have been trained in the PBS/CPB Minority Consortium, and am a current member of Ava Duvernay's Array Crew for film/television members of diverse backgrounds and For(bes) the Culture, a growing community of diverse leaders. I provide free workshops and mentorship to diverse artists, women and youth.


FIVE REASONS WE NEED TO ARTIFY OUR PLANET:

  • Our world is in a crises and we need all hands on deck - especially creative ones - to help solve our world's greatest challenges!
  • Both the creative economy and sustainable development are fields that are on the rise - working at the intersection is the sweet spot!
  • Our economy and workforce is changing - you don't need a college degree, be a certain age, live in a certain region - to build a creative career at the United Nations and with the NGO sector!
  • There is no better time to be an artist for social change!

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