Impact: Movement Building

What makes a movement go viral?  Not since the 1960s have we seen the kind of mass civic engagement we are witnessing in the United States today.  Hear from the leaders of the most powerful, recent civic movements about social, racial, economic and gender justice and how they turned moments into movements.

Panelists: Brittany Ferrell, Breanne Butler, Meena Harris, Madame Gandhi



Brittany Ferrell, Black Futures Lab

Brittany is a 29 year old community activist, organizer, and nurse from St. Louis, Missouri. Just a year before graduating from University of Missouri-St. Louis with her Bachelors of Science in Nursing, Brittany fully committed herself to organizing during and after the Ferguson Uprising following the murder of 18 year old Michael Brown in August of 2014. During that time Brittany co-founded Millennial Activists United (MAU)-- Black and queer women-led organization that facilitated intentional civic engagement and strategic political action during the Ferguson Uprising. Brittany worked as a registered nurse working in the high-risk labor and delivery unit of a local St. Louis hospital. Though she devoted an incredible number of hours, days, and nights of her life to the Ferguson Uprising of 2014, which is well chronicled in the documentary Whose Streets, Brittany earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Missouri-St. Louis in 2015. WEBSITE


Breanne Butler, Director of Capacity Building + Board Member/ Women’s March

Breanne is a chef in New York City, and the CEO of 'by Breanne', a fashion and food concept that specializes in candy jewelry. In 2011 she began working at the Michelin-starred Rouge Tomate, and became their Pastry Sous Chef 18 months later. Breanne loves to advocate for women and diversity in the restaurant industry, and has mentored many cooks throughout their careers. She has been able to use her strength and experience in organizing kitchens to help organize almost 400 marches around the world. WEBSITE


Meena Harris

Meena is a Commissioner on the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women, and Head of Strategy & Leadership at Uber. Last year, Meena launched the Phenomenal Woman Action Campaign, which promotes activism and empowers women. WEBSITE

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Madame Gandhi

Kiran Gandhi, who performs as Madame Gandhi, is a Los Angeles-based musician, activist and music industry thinker. Her song “The Future is Female” climbed to #8 on the Viral US Top 50 Spotify Charts following the 2017 Women’s March and her solo EP Voices has received critical acclaim. Kiran holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics, Political Science and Women’s Studies from Georgetown and an MBA from Harvard Business School, and has used her degrees to run her own musical projects as well as advise music companies. WEBSITE