The Market, The Food & The Film

Beauty at Work is celebration of women in business and the arts. The goal of the evening is to talk about how art and business can contribute to the health of communities and to celebrate women who have pursued their passion and impacted the culture. The event will begin at 5 pm with a pop-up market featuring fair-trade goods from artisans at the Flourish Market and Noonday Collection, among others. Food will be available through the Rare Earth Food Truck.

At 7 pm, award-winning director, Laura Waters Hinson, will introduce her newest film Mama Rwanda which explores a new generation of women in post-genocide Rwanda whose passion for entrepreneurship is transforming their nation into one of the ten fastest-growing economies in the world. At the conclusion of the film, Laura - along with the panelists below - will discuss how the work they do contributes to community flourishing. 

The Panel

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Jesma Reynolds is the creative director of WALTER, a local magazine covering the people and culture in Raleigh. Responsible for bringing the pages to life through design and imagery, she oversees the magazine's look and feel and frequently writes about style and interiors. Prior to helping start WALTER, she spent over 20 years working in publishing and design. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Radcliffe Publishing Course, a wife and mother of two, and excited to be living in one of the fastest growing cities in the country.

Em Sexton, a former Vice President of Communications and Change Management on Wall Street, brings her ‘win them over’ know-how, delightful enthusiasm and every day wit to encourage American consumers to use their purchasing power for good. From Wall Street to the streets with no name, you can now find Em traveling in developing nations to find gorgeous new goods for her Downtown Raleigh Boutique + online shop, The Flourish Market.  She is a monthly contributor to The Huffington Post.

Sharlene Provilus (also known as “Childlikfaith”) has had a passion for art since she was a child. A native of New York City, Sharlene now lives in the Raleigh area and is committed to serving the local community as well as writing and inspiring others through spoken-word poetry and music. Since September 2007, she has had the incredible opportunity to share with thousands of people on topics relating to faith, art, and business as an entrepreneur, author, spoken word poet, sought-after speaker, student, and servant. She also recently began Redeemed Art Collective, group of Raleigh creatives dedicated to gathering artists across various disciplines for the purpose of redeeming the culture. 

Laura Waters Hinson is the founder of Image Bearer Pictures, an award-winning documentary production company in Washington, D.C. Her film, As We Forgive, about Rwanda’s reconciliation movement, won the 2008 student Academy Award for best documentary and the Cinema for Peace prize in Berlin. Narrated by Mia Farrow, the film was broadcast nationwide on PBS stations. Laura co-founded the As We Forgive Rwanda Initiative, a Rwandan-led organization that harnesses the power of film to promote healing after genocide, and has reached nearly 100,000 Rwandans. She just released Many Beautiful Things, a film about artist Lilias Trotter which premiered in February 2016 at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. She also co-directed Dog Days, a feature doc about the American Dream set in the underworld of street vending in D.C., which had its national broadcast premiere on PBS WORLD channel’s America Reframed series. Mama Rwanda is her fourth documentary. Laura received a MFA in filmmaking from American University and has worked in the past at the Discovery Health Channel and as a research assistant for MSNBC host Chris Matthews. She is also a long-time fellow of the nonprofit Moving Picture Institute.