Paola Gianturco is an author/photographer who has documented women’s lives in 62 countries and had six books published. Her involvement with women’s issues is long standing. She has lectured about them in the US, Canada, France, United Arab Emirates, and Spain. She spoke at UNESCO International Headquarters in Paris on International Women’ s Day 2008; her photographs were exhibited there in 2009 and 2011.
Gianturco co-developed and taught Executive Institutes on Women and Leadership at Stanford University, and served on the Board of the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID). She was a principal in the first women-owned advertising agency in the United States and is a current member of International Women’s Forum. Gianturco presented a TED TALK in 2014 in Dubai. In 2013, Gianturco was named one of “40 Women to Watch over 40” — and in 2014, she was named one of “21 Leaders for the 21st Century” by Women’s eNews. In 2017, the YWCA inducted her into the Marin Women’s Hall of Fame.