Lara Stein, Executive Director
Lara Stein is currently the Executive Director of Women’s March Global, the sister organization of Women’s March. Stein recently acted as the interim Executive Director of MIT ReACT, a new institute-wide organization at MIT dedicated to developing a global educational platform for displaced populations and refugees. Stein also currently sits on the board of Equality Now, dedicated to creating a more just world for women and girls and Lalela, a non-profit dedicated to education through the arts in South Africa. Stein was also recently on the board of The Lung Cancer Research Foundation.
Ms. Stein was the Managing Director of Singularity University’s community and global expansion and implementation strategy.
Prior to her time at SU, Ms. Stein was the founder and director of the TEDx program at the TED Conferences. In 2007, she lead the effort to bring TED to the world by developing a program that granted free licenses to third parties to organize independent TED-like events. In the first five years of TEDx, Ms. Stein grew the program into a global phenomenon with more than 40,000 talks given at more than 8,000 TEDx events in 1,200 cities in 133 countries. By Dec. 2013, eight TEDx events, on average, were being organized every day in one of 133 countries.
Under Stein's leadership, TED expanded to include TEDxWomen, TED-like events dedicated to women empowerment, and the inclusion of youth audience with the creation of the TEDYouth and TEDxYouth. Stein also created the TEDx corporate event platform, TEDx in a Box. While leading TEDx Ms. Stein simultaneously held the position of Director of the TED Prize.
Ms. Stein has consulted to numerous Media and Technology companies, including, Pangea Day, Worldwide Biggies and JVP. Prior to her consulting roles, Ms. Stein founded the web development firm iXL’s New York office. Stein also held senior level positions at Microsoft’s MSN division, where she ran MSN’s New York office, and spearheaded all broadband programming and business development. Prior to Microsoft, Stein founded and served as Director of Licensing and Interactive Publishing at Nelvana and Marvel Comics.
Stein has produced programming for Lifetime Television, Simon and Schuster, WGBH-PBS. Ms. Stein started her career as a documentary filmmaker and has produced and directed numerous documentary films. Ms. Stein’s achievements have earned her recognition in several leading industry trade publications.
Uma Mishra-Newbery, Director of Global Community
Motivated by her passion for service and belief that human action can influence society, Uma Mishra-Newbery is the driving force behind community development at Women’s March Global. As the Director of Global Community of Women’s March Global, the sister organisation of Women’s March, Uma maintains communications and builds connections between sister chapters and partner organisations.
Editor of the Women’s March Global Medium publication, Uma finds stories worth sharing from women around the world.
Uma has been a TEDx speaker, sharing how we can foster community through development work. A proud first generation Indian American and U.S. Army veteran, Uma served for six years as an active duty U.S. Army soldier.
Her motto and favourite quote is by Alice Walker: “Activism is the rent I pay for living on the planet.”
Michelle Emson, Digital Director
Michelle is responsible for all aspects of Women’s March Global’s digital footprint, information technology platforms, infrastructure, and web application development. A devout and creative technologist, Michelle has held senior positions in multinational technology companies working on complex projects, across multiple time-zones, and with international teams.
Michelle is a published author, keynote speaker, documentary filmmaker, and committed international human rights activist. She currently sits on the Leadership Team for the Dignity Network, a coalition of Canadian civil society organizations that work with international partners in support of the human rights of LGBTQI people globally; Executive Director of KyivPride Canada, a Ukrainian-Canadian coalition on LGBTQI rights; and gender diversity lead for Fierté Canada Pride.
In 2017, Michelle received a YWCA Muskoka Women of Distinction Award for her work in her local community in arts, culture, LGBTQI+ and women’s rights. Michelle is the Ambassador for the Women’s March Muskoka Chapter.
“When we come to truly accept and love our own uniqueness then, just maybe, we can come to respect the uniqueness of others.”
Jackson Hyland-Lipski, Global Coordinator
Jackson Hyland-Lipski is an activist and filmmaker from New York City. He is currently the Global Coordinator for Women's March Global and has been working for the organization since early 2017. In November 2016, Jackson helped organize the Women’s March on Washington as Head of Web Development on the Women’s March National Team and continued in that role until the end of 2017.
Jackson was previously the Executive Assistant for the Alive Inside Foundation, which connects youth to elders living with dementia through music, education and empathy. The Foundation was created by Director Michael Rossato-Bennett after winning the Sundance Film Festival Audience Award in 2014 for his film Alive Inside.
Previous to his work in the non-profit sector, Jackson was mainly working in documentary filmmaking. During this time he had the opportunity to work on numerous award-winning films including the Netflix Original What Happened, Miss Simone? [Emmy Winning, Academy Award Nominated], Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 [Academy Award Winning], Killer Bees [Hamptons Film Festival] and The Last Laugh [Tribeca Film Festival]. Jackson concurrently worked for Academy Award Nominated Producer Amy Hobby as Head of Development for her production company Tangerine Entertainment that produces women-led projects.
Jackson Hyland-Lipski graduated from Northeastern University in 2015, where he received a BA in Film and Philosophy with a minor in Writing.