Board

Dallas, Texas, December 6, 2017 – Women That Soar, LLC, a Dallas-based Media Company named Olden Lee as Chairman of its Executive Board. Mr. Lee is a former PepsiCo Inc., Executive and Starbucks Board Director. Lee is Founder and Principal of Lee Management Consulting firm. In his role with WTS, he will oversee the board, as well as, strategy and structure for helping build WTS' global brand.

"I want to thank Mr. Lee for accepting the role and position as Chairman of our board. His corporate expertise, leadership, and resources will further our initiative to become the global brand for women's empowerment." Gina Grant, WTS’ Founder and CEO. ‎

"WTS is fortunate to have Olden as board chair. He brings a wealth of experience and valued perspective that line up with our mission. His corporate skill set and knowledge will ensure WTS' success and help us continue to leverage the work underway; I'm excited to welcome him to our team.” Reuben Cannon, WTS' Executive Producer.‎

The media company will continue to produce its signature "Women That Soar," Awards, scheduled to air in over ten markets March 2018. In addition, WTS will continue to produce year- round inspiring and empowering content and events for women.‎

Boone Isaacs was re-elected for a fourth term as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on August 2, 2016 by the organization’s Board of Governors.  She has represented the Public Relations Branch as a governor for 24 years. She produced the Academy’s 2012 4th Annual Governors Awards.

Boone Isaacs heads CBI Enterprises, Inc., where she has consulted on marketing efforts on such films as “The Call,” “The Artist,” “The King’s Speech,” “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire,” “Spider-Man 2” and “Tupac: Resurrection.”  Boone Isaacs previously served as president of theatrical marketing for New Line Cinema, where she oversaw numerous box office successes, including “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me” and “Rush Hour.” Prior to joining New Line in 1997, she was executive vice president of worldwide publicity for Paramount Pictures, where she orchestrated publicity campaigns for the Best Picture winners “Forrest Gump” and “Braveheart.”

Boone Isaacs is currently an adjunct professor at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts and previously served as a filmmaker-in-residence for the University. She was an adjunct professor at the USC Cinema and Television School’s Peter Stark Producing Program, Columbia College Chicago, and Mount Saint Mary’s College.  She continues to guest lecture at USC, UCLA, Loyola Marymount, Bryn Mawr Film Institute, and Soka University of America.

Honors and Awards
  • Trustee for the American Film Institute
  • University of North Carolina School of the Arts’ Honorary Doctorate
  • Chapman University Dodge College of Film and Media Arts Honorary Doctor of Arts Degree
  • NAACP Hall of Fame inductee
  • Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation 2017 Pioneer of the Year
  • SCLC-SC 2016 Rosa Parks Humanitarian Award
  • Bryn Mawr Film Institute’s Silver Screen Inspiration Award
  • Dallas Film Society’s Dallas Star Award
  • Ischia Art Award – Ischia International Arts Academy
  • YWCA of Greater Los Angeles’ Silver Achievement Award
  • African American Film Critics Association’s Horizon Award
  • Essence Magazine’s Trailblazer Award
  • ICG Publicists’ President’s Award
People Magazine named her as one of the “25 Women Changing The World” in 2016, Foreign Policy Magazine named her as one of the “100 Leading Global Thinkers,” and Fast Company identified her as one of 100 “The Most Creative People in Business”.

At the age of 23, Zainab Salbi founded Women for Women International, a grassroots humanitarian and development organization dedicated to serving women survivors of wars by offering support, tools, and access to life-changing skills to move from crisis and poverty to stability and economic self-sufficiency. Under her leadership as the organization’s CEO (1993-2011), the organization grew from helping 30 women upon its inception to more than 400,000 women in 8 conflict areas. It also distributed more than $100 million in direct aid and micro credit loans that impacted more than 1.7 million family members.

Salbi is also the host and creator of several TV shows including #MeToo, Now What on PBS (2018), The Zainab Salbi Project, original series on Huffington Post (2016), The Nidaa Show with TLC Arabic where she started with the historic first interview of Oprah Winfrey in the Arab world, and an upcoming new show, Through Her Eyes, on Yahoo! News.
Salbi is the author of several books including the national bestseller Between Two Worlds: Escape from Tyranny: Growing Up in the Shadow of Saddam, If You Knew Me You Would Care, and Freedom is an Inside Job. She is currently a Senior Advisor to the How Institute for Society.

Tara Whitehead Stotland has had an extensive career in delivery, sales and management of Professional Services within the Communications Industry across multiple geographies, including Europe, US and Asia/ Pacific. She has held several leadership positions in her over 26 years of experience and has a consistent record of exceeding customer expectations, delivering business targets and promoting the growth of human and intellectual resources. Tara currently serves as Lead Digital Partner in the Communications, Media and Technology Sector of Cognizant Digital Business. Prior to joining Cognizant, she acted as Managing Partner of Woodcote Management Associates and refocused the company’s direction to a Digital Solutions organization. Tara also served as Senior Vice President, Americas of the Communications Services Provider Segment of Aricent Group, a KKR owned company where she led a major turnaround of the Communications Division and helped drive a digital transformation of the core business. Tara currently sits on the board of Women That Soar, a global media company focused on honoring the contributions of women in business, politics and society.

Additionally, Tara is very involved in the community and giving back. She has served on the board of Women in Cable Telecommunications for 9 years, and currently acts as Past President of the Greater Texas Chapter. She received the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award for Women in Cable & Telecommunications of Greater Texas for her efforts in helping girls and women realize their personal and professional aspirations. She also serves as the Board Vice President of FLITE to Freedom, a non-profit supporting the eradication of human trafficking and domestic violence and sits on the Parish Episcopal School Fundraising Committee. She is married with two children and resides in Dallas.