To connect our community during these uncertain and trying times, Dyllan McGee is hosting live conversations with some of MAKERS’ best friends including Gloria Steinem, Abby Wambach, Glennon Doyle, Cynt Marshall and so many more. Join us on Instagram (check there for updates on new sessions) and catch replays here.
Diane Von Furstenberg
“The most important relationship is the one you have with yourself.” - Diane von Furstenberg loves to be alone, and she is not shy about it. While sharing her secrets to a fulfilling life, the fashion designer and businesswoman highlights the importance of facing your fears, embracing your doubts and finding your strengths. She is using this time in quarantine to write her new opus ‘Own It,’ which is sure to be full of Diane’s trademark wisdom and savvy.
While sipping her trusty Starbucks order (a venti decaf americano with almond milk and two Stevias, which she still manages to get during the pandemic), Kathy Najimy catches MAKERS up on her upcoming projects, which include a show about Ms. magazine and Gloria Steinem, her book My Moment and most surprising of all, the creation of a new virtual game to replace her bi-weekly game nights.
Between perfecting her cooking skills, getting into a TikTok hole and writing, Corey Rae is keeping busy during quarantine. Helping her stay productive is reciting a daily mantra — “This too shall pass” — which is especially helpful considering her full slate of ongoing projects from executive producing Queen, the film following the story of her life, as the first openly transgender prom queen to spearheading LGBTQ causes. To educate yourself, check out itgetsbetter.org.
Terry Crews, known for his boundless positive energy, has not let the coronavirus pandemic dampen his disposition. The actor and TV personality is persevering with a regimented routine: wake up at 4 a.m. (yes, even on the weekends), start a book club and judge a virtual Guy Fieri and Bill Murray nacho showdown to raise money for the hospitality industry. “Sometimes your greatest hopes are destroyed to prepare you for something better,” the actor tells MAKERS.
What is actor and activist Debra Messing doing during quarantine? A daily dose of Andrew Cuomo, binge-watching every comedy under the sun and playing the piano. During this time, she's also giving back, working a cause close to her heart: ‘Pandemic Of Love’ a mutual aid community of care that was started in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Learn more and donate at pandemicoflove.com.
The coronavirus is not stopping author, activist and founder of PERIOD Nadya Okamoto, a woman known for running a million miles an hour! Even while sheltering in place, the 22-year-old continues to move mountains, collaborating with a global network of volunteers to serve hard-hit communities with the period products they need. The team is sending “2 million period products that are sourced just for COVID response” to women, free of charge. You can donate and become part of the movement at freetheperiod.com.
Mónica Ramírez, Co-Founder and President, Alianza Nactional de Campesinas, joined Dyllan McGee to shine a light on the more than two million farmworkers keeping the US fed during the pandemic crisis. Ramirez says, “Farmworkers say that they need apoyo - they need support. They need us to lift up their spirit.” She adds, “I have said over and over again that farmworkers are frontline workers.” Justice for Migrant Women and other organizations are raising immediate funds to go directly to farmworkers and their families. Learn more and add your support via farmworkers.hipgive.org.
Actor and activist Justin Baldoni’s quarantine involves box breathing, ice cold showers and his one-to-one BE LOVE mission to provide masks for unhoused people in Los Angeles. Find out more about the initiative, a collaboration between Baldoni’s The Wayfarer Foundation and SubZero Masks at subzeromasks.com/collections/wayfarer
What do zoom weddings, mental health days and TikTok dances have in common? Glamour magazine’s new series Love in the Time of Coronavirus, says the magazine’s editor-in-chief Samantha Barry. The publication is also committed to providing resources for women during the pandemic and ensuring the voices of domestic violence victims are heard.
Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s COO, knows something about the importance of resilience in a time of crisis. The author of Lean In and Option B discusses self-compassion and the three Ps: personalization, permanence and pervasiveness as some of the tools she’s used for getting her through during tough times and how she’s employing them now during the global pandemic. Learn more by reading a free excerpt of Option B optionb.org/how-to-support-each-other-COVID-19
Tina Tchen, CEO of TIME’S UP, shares what it’s like for female workers on the frontlines during the COVID-19 crisis and advocates for permanent paid sick leave for everyone. She implores people to push the initiative forward by texting ‘Paid Sick Leave Now’ to 306-44. Check out timesupnow.org for more information.
Tai Dixon, the chief of staff at the Women’s Prison Association (WPA), says, “Women in and out of prison are less likely to be paid attention to when they present with concerns about their health.” During the coronavirus pandemic, the WPA and the formerly incarcerated women the organization helps are facing new and unique challenges. MAKERS is committed to supporting the WPA and helping women with criminal justice histories. Visit wpaonline.org to learn more.
In a freewheeling chat about her new video series highlighting frontline workers, journalist Katie Couric says that now’s the time to “renew your commitment to the things that are really important: your relationships and helping other people.” The founder of Katie Couric Media also talks about how to find a job post-crisis and her experience writing her memoir.
“People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care,” says Cynt Marshall, CEO of the Dallas Mavericks. She shares with MAKERS how the team is helping their community and beyond, what it’s like leading through a crisis and what belief is at the heart of everything she does. It’s simply this: People matter, and that’s all that matters.
“This is a lesson of living in the present,” activist Gloria Steinem says of the COVID-19 crisis. While these are trying times, Steinem does see societal opportunities and makes the case for universal healthcare in the United States and a reframing of how race and gender are viewed globally. The feminist icon also notes there’s a need to help all women during these unprecedented times.
Abby Wambach and Glennon Doyle
Glennon Doyle’s new nonfiction book Untamed examines the societal expectations of being a woman and learning how to fight pre-conceived notions of femininity. Doyle and partner Abby Wambach talk about anxiety, self-compassion and maintaining a steady routine. Buy the book is available at untamedbook.com.
Celebrated comedian, actress and podcaster Cameron Esposito talks with MAKERS about living with someone who is immunocompromised during the spread of coronavirus and developing healthy habits while staying home. Esposito, who released the memoir Save Yourself about her journey from wanting to serve as a priest to instead becoming a LGBTQ stand-up comic in late March, asks people to support local bookstores now more than ever. Her book is available at bookshop.org.
Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance Ai-Jen Poo chats about the launch of the Coronavirus Care Fund, the COVID Ready Caregiver Certification Program and her personal tips to keep sane during the pandemic, which includes drawing elephants. Support domestic workers, donate and get involved in advocacy through domesticworkers.org.