INSPIRED is the foundation's annual fundraising and educational event presenting powerful women speaking on meaningful topics. INSPIRED is our opportunity to learn from the wisdom and experience of these remarkable women. Past speakers have included athletes, journalists, astronauts, first responders, authors, and civil rights activists including Dr. Mae Jemison, Dr. Tererai Trent, Dolores Huerta, and Dr. Angela Davis.
2022 Inspired Event
American Journalist and Writer
Tuesday, October 11, 2022
11:30 am-1 pm
Sheraton West Des Moines
Laura Ling was reporting on the trafficking of North Korean women in 2009 when she and her colleague were arrested by North Korean soldiers along the Chinese border. For 140 harrowing days, they were detained, a tale she documented in her 2010 memoir, Somewhere Inside: One Sister’s Captivity in North Korea and the Other’s Fight to Bring Her Home.
An Award-winning journalist and author, Ling is a recognized producer, documentarian, and investigative journalist. She created Vanguard, a documentary series for Current TV, covering issues ranging from teen suicide and the challenges faced by military spouses to underground youth subcultures in America. As a Current TV correspondent, she has reported on global concerns including the drug war in Mexico and women’s rights in Turkey, garnering numerous awards and Emmy nominations.
Ling’s podcast, Everyday Bravery, along with her documentary series, The Power of Kindness, bring both creative and scientific approaches to personal growth and resilience. She is a Service Ambassador for Points of Light, was named Glamour Magazine’s Woman of the Year (2009), editorialist for the Los Angeles Times and CNN.com, and has appeared on ABC’s Nightline, NBC, and PBS.
Join us as Laura Ling shares her personal story in the struggle for freedom, how she maintains hope, and how she hopes to inspire others to “view our liberties as a responsibility, not just as a right.”
Past INSPIRED Events
2021 INSPIRED Event:
women at ground zero ...20 years later
friday september 10 2021
The powerful messages about how the attacks on the World Trade Center impacted authors Susan Hagen and Mary Carouba, as well as first responders Terri Tobin and Regina Wilson, deeply moved Chrysalis and has us dialoguing about their messages.
2020 inspired event: sunny hostin
friday october 20, 2020
virtual event emceed by Sabrina Ahmed
Sunny Hostin’s own story as a self-described Afro-Latina lawyer frames her perspective on life, family, career, and society. Known for her informed analysis of the law as well as her emotional intelligence, she believes she is not a role model but a “possibility model.”
Hostin is a 3-time Emmy Award winner and has co-hosted ABC’s popular talk show The View since 2016.
Originally from the South Bronx in New York, Hostin graduated from Notre Dame Law School and became an attorney for the United States Department of Justice. Moving into a position as a federal prosecutor, she received the Special Achievement Award by Attorney General Janet Reno for her prosecution of child sexual predators.
Hostin’s work as a legal correspondent for ABC’s Good Morning America and for the ABC News Special The President and the People provided her an opportunity to report on some of the most compelling stories of the past decade including the civil unrest in Ferguson and Baltimore, the Bernie Madoff and Bill Cosby scandals, and the George Zimmerman trial.
A gifted storyteller, Hostin hosted, and executive produced a 6-episode documentary series, Truth About Murder with Sunny Hostin on Investigation Discovery.
2019 inspired event: dolores huerta
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activist. feminist. mother.
chrysalis was proud to partner with drake university's women's and gender studies department to host a screening of the documentary, "Dolores: Rebel. Activist. Feminist. Mother."
over 100 students, staff, and friends gathered to view the 2017 film co-produced by musician Carlos Santana and actor Benjamin Bratt. the film was directed by Peter Bratt, award-winning screenwriter and independent filmmaker.
as co-founder of the first farm workers unions, dolores huerta is one of the most important, yet least well known, activists in united states' history.