Women of Diversity is the consummate source of contributions made by women to the history, community and legacy of this city, this state, and elsewhere. My first experience with this organization was as an audience member of a project they supported for Black History Month. I immediately got involved in all of their projects and productions. I worked the Shower of Stars with popular performers from the Las Vegas Strip; several Black History Month projects, beginning with Sojourner Truth; and the 100 years Centennial project about women - which became a lesson in Nevada History for me as well. I've been an audience member of their ongoing film projects. The conscious, diligent commitment of their founding president, Marlene Adrian, ensures that no major accomplishment by a woman will go unnoticed in our community
In 2001 I was looking for a job after recently returning to Las Vegas, Nevada. I found Women of Diversity in the phone book and the name alone inspired me to call and seek employment. As a non-profit the organization works on a very tight budget so no paying jobs were available. I was so impressed with the mission of the organization that I became a volunteer. What a wonderful, needed organization here in Las Vegas! There has been so much history made in this community but for the most part only the well-known are highlighted. Women of Diversity sees to it that the contributions of women who have made a significant mark in their community are recognized. This is an organization that needs so much support in order to continue its good work. I am proud to be a volunteer and an advocate for Women of Diversity.
I got involved by helping at all functions. I worked for the Shower of Stars, Hurricane Florence,Sojourner Truth,Black History Month and many more. I met many interesting people and learned a lot about diversity of women in our society.
From behind the scenes work to actual productions I met with outstanding women of Nevada. I found my own hidden skills and through the support and encouragement of Women of Diversity, self confidence emerged and to this day I show my work in various events around Southern Nevada.
I was greatly empowered by this organization. I met wonderful, sincere friends. As an artist and writer I received great support and have sold my work at exhibitions organized by Women of Diversity. At these events I was able to meet other artists which was very inspiring. Inspiring were also the films about famous women of the past and present. I greatly enjoyed Women's History month.
Several years ago, I offered to maintain Women of Diversity's [WOD] web-site; eventually to reDesign and maintain it. I was attracted to this organization due to the passion I observed by Dr. M. Adrian; a passion for truth and a need for public awareness of women who have and do contribute greatly to our community. The whole organization rings true with a unified passion and their message is presented as documented, personal truth. Those who view WOD's productions are reminded and encouraged to become of aware of one individuals ability to enhance their environment, even over and through the harshest opposition. In particular, I have seen Kim Russell portray Sojourner Truth in a monologue at the library celebrating Black History month. WOD was filming the live performance that captured this impassioned person recapturing a monumental story of a woman claiming and proclaiming herself when at one time she was not her own to claim. The production that WOD released can be checked out of our Las Vegas library and viewed by all. The film reminds me that freedom is not free and that I must assert myself to become the best I can inspite of oppostition. As a participant, I enjoyed a hands-on workshop where Dr. Adrian worked with a group of locals. Her focus, her passion, and her profession, "Women in Motion" [also the title of one of Dr. Adrian's books] took our group through motion. I took home the message that simple and proper motion does not have to be strenous in order to promote health. It was a fun workshop and ended to quickly for me. For the 100 Years project, I helped photograph schools as well as update their web-site. Dr. Adrian gives of her time generously, driven by her passion for the projects she works on. One of the first projects I assisted her with was teaching at the local youth center. Her goal was to give these youth a self-expression in the form of a web-page. And as needed, I helped moved whatever needed to be simply becuase I enjoy the interactions I have with the members of the organization. In short, from President Marlene Adrien to its active members, Women of Diversity is about honoring and empowering women by acknowledging past achievements as well as motivating future accomplishments.
Women of Diversity Productions, Inc. provided well-received videos of programs presented at American Association of University-Las Vegas, at League of Women Voters, at Nevada Women's History Project-So. Region,and in some university classes. The Wall of Women, produced for the Las Vegas Centennial, has been shown many times since 2005. Their videos also have been requested for special viewings, over and over and in northern Nevada. The women in these videos are governors' wives, presidents of the Mesquite Club founded in 1911.
I was given a voice as an immigrant woman and a political refugee. The documentary made many people aware of the struggles and suffering which transgender women deal with on a daily basis. I always received support from this organization with counseling, referrals, and tips to navigate the red tape system in our society, especially from Marlene Adrian.
Women of Diversity Productions - specificaly Marlene Adrian, has given our community a very valuable tool for learning about the important women who have improved our lives. The video-taped interviews let us see & hear them tell their stories. At almost any important event honoring women, Marlene is either presenting, displaying, or taping.