A couple of weeks ago Reese attended a conference in Nashville to teach teenage girls about the importance of managing their money and planning their futures. The conference was sponsored by Draper James. Read more about the event in the posts below, and see some pictures in our Gallery:
Reese Witherspoon hosts ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Funds’ event
One of Hollywood’s most powerful women joined some of Nashville’s on Tuesday night, all to mentor the city’s next generation of female business leaders.
Five hundred girls from Metro Nashville Public Schools and their women mentors and moms gathered at the Music City Center to learn the tools of financial responsibility.
Harpeth Hall graduate Reese Witherspoon, her new 12 South boutique, Draper James, and First Tennessee Bank sponsored the free conference.
“When it came up that it was the YWCA, I was so excited,” Witherspoon said. “We used to go there when I was a little girl and take Jazzercise classes with my mom, and my grandma took bridge classes there. It’s always been an incredible place of resource for women in this city.”
October 9, 2015 • Category: Charity, Draper James •
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Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James partnering with local nonprofit
Reese Witherspoon’s new lifestyle company, Draper James, is partnering with YWCA of Nashville & Middle Tennessee’s Girls Inc. program to bring economic literacy to at-risk Nashville girls, according to a news release.
The partnership will kick off Oct. 27 with a free conference — Girls Just Wanna Have Funds — for teenage girls and their mothers/mentors. Witherspoon will appear at the event, as well as Mayor Megan Barry and recording artist CeCe Winans.
As part of the partnership, Draper James will offer an internship program at its Nashville store on 12th Avenue South.
“As the largest provider of domestic violence services in Tennessee, we see too often how financial dependence and insecurity can trap women, preventing them from being safe and reaching their full potential,” YWCA CEO Patricia Glaser Shea said in the news release. “Teaching and reaching girls at an early age that they are responsible for their own finances is the best form of prevention. Financial independence will allow our girls to follow their dreams and become the best she can be.”
Space for the conference is limited, and priority is given for girls enrolled in the Girls Inc. program. More information can be found here.
Reese Witherspoon & Mindy Kaling Prove They Have The Best Friendship
Reese Witherspoon and Mindy Kaling had a heart-to-heart conversation on Saturday; it just happened in a gymnasium full of teen girls and parents at Brentwood School in Los Angeles. For the school’s second Young Women’s Conference, the two actresses interviewed each other, and spoke bluntly about being underestimated, what their lives were like as teenagers and how one of them (read below!) is a “freeloader.”
Reese Witherspoon: I asked Mindy to do this with me because I’m terrible at speeches. I thought it would be interesting because we have been good friends for a while and when we talk, we run the gamut of conversations that women have about business and life. I just find her so inspirational, so we have prepared some questions for each other.
Mindy Kaling: We’re kind of the same age but you’ve been working for such a long time and you’re so accomplished. You act, produce and you’re a busy mom and wife. If you were a man, no one would ask you how you balance it all. They would just assume you can handle it. So I’m not going to ask you how you balance it all. But I will ask you what one thing is that you do just for you and for fun? My answer would be nail art. Like a 14-year-old girl.
RW: Few people know this about me, but I like to take hip-hop dance classes. I’m not saying I’m good at hip-hop dance classes, I just enjoy taking them.
MK: What level are you at?
RW: I’d say a one or a two. That’s the bottom. I liked taking dance classes when I was in high school and I was never any good at it. But they would bring three girls to the front and they’d say, “Okay, watch Sarah for her arms. And watch Lily for her legs. And watch Reese for her personality.”
Early in December, Reese made her regular appearance at the annual Children’s Defense Fund’s ‘Beat the Odds’ Awards event in Beverley Hills. Reese serves on the Board of Directors for the Children’s Defense Fund, which is a child advocacy organisation. At the event, she presented an award to a local high school student who ‘beat the odds’ to achieve academic excellence. Reese looked gorgeous in a blue and black Michael Kors dress with Casadei ‘Blade’ heels. And she’s sporting a new hair-do – Reese has cut her hair into a shoulder-length bob, and I think she looks amazing! The whole look here is very chic and pretty. Reese was snapped with Jennifer Garner and Conan O’Brien at the event.
Check out over 80 HQ photos from the celebration in the Gallery, and read on further down this post for a few articles about the awards.
A couple of days ago Reese made an appearance at the Los Angeles Dance Project Benefit Gala in LA. Reese looked chic in a little black cocktail dress by Mary Alice Haney dress with Roger Vivier heels and a Tiffany’s clutch. Reese was accompanied by her husband, and also posed for photos with her dress’s designer, and Natalie Portman, whose husband Benjamin Millepied started the Dance Project. HQ photos from the event are in our Gallery:
Last weekend, Reese and her husband attended Sean Penn’s Haiti Benefit Gala in Los Angeles. They were two of many celebrity guests attending the event to raise money for Penn’s Haiti charity. US Weekly says that Reese bid $125,000 for something, although the article further down this post gives a different figure and more details. Check out the HQ photos of Reese watching the auction in the audience in our Gallery:
Reese is one of the several celebrities who have joined together to make a PSA demanding new legislation to provide better gun control in America. Watch the PSA below, and check out the official website for more information.
A group of artists joined our effort to Demand A Plan and recorded a powerful, personal message. Please take a minute to watch the video and share it with your friends and family.
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