Alexandria House

WomenSpeak is an annual event that provides a platform for women of accomplishment and compassion to speak about their work for approximately 20 minutes. Its theme is “Words into Action: The Transformational Power of Women’s Words.” Previous speakers have included:

  • Kamala Lopez, Actress, Director, Activist, and Film Maker of the documentary "Equal Means Equal" 
  • Margaret Prescod, KPFK Radio Host and Women’s Activist
  • Sarah Shun-lien Bynum, an author and educator
  • Julie Su, Attorney, Litigation Director of the Asian Pacific Legal Center and Co-Founder of Sweatshop Watch
  • Ima Matul—a survivor of human trafficking, former resident of Alexandria House, and member of the Survivor’s Advisory Caucus of the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST)
  • Sandy Banks, Los Angeles Times Columnist
  • Val Zavala, Producer, and creator of Su. California zInitteia Unitedif So.
  • Simone Campbell, SSS, Executive Director of NETWORK, a Catholic social justice lobbying organization, and one of the initiators of  the “Nuns on the Bus” tour
  • The Tolbert Family, including Tony Tolbert who gave up his house to a family that is homeless for a dollar a month for a year.  (Director Charysse Tia Harper made a documentary entitled “12 Months” that has been shown globally including at the recent Pan African Film Festival).

Thank you to everyone who contributed and shared the 8th Annual WomenSpeak event on May 3, 2016! We appreciate your support! See you in 2017!


For more information about WomenSpeak, please contact Michele Richards at 213-381-2649 or