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Women at the Helm

photo by In the Life Media
Executive Director, In The Life Media

Michelle Kristel, executive director of In The Life Media, came to nonprofits after a brief post-college stint as a social worker, followed by more than a decade in finance. Despite her accomplishments on Wall Street, Kristel says she wanted to work on something that would make a difference. “I was drawn to In The Life Media,” says Kristel, “because I believe that by using the power of the media we can advance social justice for LGBT people.” In The Life Media produces the eponymous award-winning public television documentary series which focuses on LGBT experiences. “It’s essential that opponents of our civil rights not control the media images of our communities,” con- tends Kristel. “With a national network of producers, an extensive archive containing over 5,000 hours of LGBT movement history and a talented staff of media professionals,” she continues, “In The Life Media is uniquely situated as the media production company for the movement.”

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