As the producer/director of the award-winning film “List(e)n”, which makes people on opposite ends of the spectrum connect at a human level and transcend their differences, I am convinced that listening to stories has the ability to change us. Having grown up in a family of psychologists, I use my general understanding of the human psyche to make sense of the world, and also as a means to understand people – both interviewee subjects as well as audiences. Knowing how to best craft a narrative is what I specialize in and this is what I’ve done for nearly 15 years for most of the major cable networks (Discovery, National Geographic, BBC, History and A&E). For 7 out of those years I worked for Discovery – first as freelance executive producer and content director on series, and later as staff supervising producer and content consultant out of the network’s Miami office. These days I am devoted to Listen Courageously, a movement and series of workshops on the power of empathic listening – born out of the lessons learned with “List(e)n”. Alongside a wonderful team of facilitators, I take our workshops to conferences, academic institutions and organizations seeking to further their Diversity, Equity and Inclusion journeys by “navigating our societal differences – through listening”. I have recently been elected to serve on the board of directors of the International Listening Association – a 50-year old organization devoted to the research and practice of listening. I graduated with honors from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and I’m passionate about using filmmaking and the art and science of listening, as a tool for equity-building and social justice.
“List(e)n revealed how by ‘seeing’ our ‘enemies’ eye-to-eye, our judgment can dissolve, and we can heal our divides and mend our hearts. Listen Courageously, in turn, has shown that our perceptions don’t identify us, and that as humans we can strive for meaningful connections, regardless of what may ‘separate us’. Recognizing that the ‘us vs them’ mentality hasn’t served us is the first step to long-lasting change.”26 April 2021