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Mikaela Beardsley

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Mikaela Beardsley | Creative Director

Mikaela Beardsley is an Emmy-winning documentary producer cum social entrepreneur who is dedicated to finding innovative ways to deploy storytelling’s power for good. She has worked with filmmakers Martin Scorsese, Rachel Grady and Heidi Ewing, Alex Gibney and Wim Wenders, among others, and produced twelve nationally broadcast films.

Mikaela is currently developing The What Works Media Project, a joint venture with Results for America, a bi-partisan research and advocacy organization committed to improving outcomes for young people, their families, and communities by shifting public resources toward evidence-based, results-driven solutions to social issues.

Previously Mikaela originated and executive produced Half the Sky Movement, a multi-year global media project aimed at improving opportunity for women and girls in the developing world. Centered around the internationally broadcast television series based on Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn's bestselling book, the project had over 2 billion media impressions and raised $5 million for direct programs. Mikaela developed a groundbreaking partnership with USAID that linked the Ford Foundation, IKEA Foundation, Intel and numerous other foundation and corporate partners, and she managed funding relationships with over a dozen funders including Coca Cola, Goldman Sachs, Ford, Gates, IKEA, MacArthur, Nike, NoVo, and Rockefeller. Mikaela optioned Half the Sky after producing the Emmy-nominated HBO documentary Reporter: A Film with Nicholas D. Kristof. She graduated from Princeton University a long time ago.