This year on Giving Tuesday, instead of spending the day asking for donations, Look What SHE Did! THANKED our donors and supporters with a special-access virtual event featuring a world premiere of our film on Puritan spiritual leader, Anne Hutchinson, a story told by the inspiring CEO of #VOTEPROCHOICE, Heidi Sieck. Check out the recording of this engaging virtual event and consider making a donation to support Look What SHE Did!’s work of sharing inspiring women’s stories today.
About the Film
Spiritual Reformer Anne Hutchinson believed “we have a covenant of grace with God,” a direct relationship that does not require intervention by preachers, priests or any other religious intermediary. This radical perspective threatened the power of the Church and Anne was tried, convicted and banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony by its male Puritanical clerics. Despite the controversy, Anne, a charismatic leader (also a midwife, and mother of eleven children) continued to speak up about religious freedom, developing a large and loyal following, challenging gender roles and power structures of the day. A religious school was founded to refute Anne’s ideas — Harvard University. When CEO Heidi Sieck attended Harvard she uncovered this shadowed history of the bold, forward-thinking Anne Hutchinson, who continues to inspire.
Storyteller, Heidi Sieck
Heidi L. Sieck is an award-winning, C-level civic entrepreneur and co-founder/Chief Empowerment Officer (CEO) of #VOTEPROCHOICE, the political home of the nation’s prochoice majority. Heidi has been working in the intersection of technology, political power and feminism for over 30 years with a particular obsession for electing prochoice champion women in downballot races. Professionally, Heidi was the founding Chief Operating Officer of Civic Hall and Democracy.com in New York City and interim Chief Operating Officer of Rock the Vote in Washington, D.C. She serves on the Boards of Rock the Vote Action Fund, Men4Choice, and the 21 in ’21 Project to elect women to the New York City Council. She previously served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the National Institute for Reproductive Health (NARAL New York). Heidi is also a member of the Women’s March Steering Committee where she served on the original Policy Table responsible for writing the intersectional Unity Principles and Women’s Agenda for the Women’s March on Washington 2017. Heidi established herself as a civic technologist and government transformer when she led San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom’s award-winning 311 Customer Service Center project, a $20 million construction, technology and transformational government service establishing the foundation of the open government movement in the U.S. She also had a career in disaster response and recovery and founded one of the nation’s first post-disaster resilience projects. When she is not creating a company, mentoring a young woman or giving a speech about political transformation, you will find Heidi playing in the sandbox of democracy. Heidi has worked on eight presidential campaigns and countless state and local races from New York City to Nebraska. She served as President of the nonpartisan San Francisco Women’s Political Committee, the largest women’s organization in San Francisco. She also co-founded the San Francisco Women’s Policy Summit with her mentor Vice President Kamala Harris, then District Attorney of San Francisco. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Nebraska and a Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School where she was awarded the Holly Taylor Sargent Award for Advancement of Women in Leadership.