Building community with #GalsNGear

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Come build community and hear how to create gender-balance opportunities in media production. At 7 p.m., Monday, April 23, in Lang Hall Auditorium, Amy deLouise comes to the University of Northern Iowa to speak on "#GalsNGear: Life Hacks for Gender and Other Diversity 'Challenged' Creatives."

deLouise, video director, producer, author and speaker, is an advocate of women media-makers and entrepreneurs in digital businesses. deLouise is heading Women in Film & Video (WIFV) of Washington, D.C. pop-event "#GalsNGear" in Pella, Iowa. She will then travel to Cedar Falls to speak to the UNI and surrounding communities.

deLouise is credited with more than 400 productions. She is a leader in the field of short form digital storytelling for large surfaces at live events as well as small screens for mobile web delivery. She has garnered more than 40 creative excellence awards, including multiple Telly Awards, Peer Awards, New York Festivals, Aurora and the CINE Golden Eagle. She was also honored with the Woman of Vision Leadership Award from WIFV of Washington, D.C. for her leadership in the industry.

deLouise is a sought-after speaker at conferences, such as GV Expo, CCW and NAB Show. She has popular online courses (, including a new title on Script Writing for Nonfiction Video and her well-regarded The Art of the Video Interview. Her new book, "The Producer’s Playbook: Real People on Camera" (Focal Press/Routledge), brings tips and real-world strategies to video producers working with non-actors in front of the camera for everything from documentaries and reality TV to web videos and testimonials.

This event is sponsored by UNI University Senate, Department of Communication Studies, Hearst Speaker Series, Women's and Gender Studies, Digital Media Leadership and the Iowa Motion Picture Association. It is free and open to the public.

For further information, contact Francesca Soans, associate professor of communications studies, at, or Gayle Pohl, associate professor of communication studies, at


Gayle Pohl, associate professor, communication studies, 319-273-6308,

Francesca Soans, associate professor, communication studies, 319-273-6309,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-2761,