Giving Back

Giving Back

What Would Gina Do?

Early in my career, I was sitting in a sales meeting with a group of successful executives who had just arrived at the office in their fancy BMWs, holding their fine leather briefcases, carefully balancing their hot lattes, so they wouldn’t spill it on their designer clothes. The moderator said, “Let’s try an icebreaker-

“If you had $10,000,000 what’s one thing you would do with the money?”

I heard everything from, “Quit my job!” “Pay off my bills!” “Buy a big house on the beach!” to “Travel the world…” When it was my turn to answer (she had just arrived in her not so fancy Chrysler, no latte, and no designer clothes to ruin), I said-

“I’d build a shelter for the homeless and find a way to educate their kids.”

You can’t imagine the groans I heard, and the comments that followed, which all boiled down to the same response, “I want to change my answer!” I thought, “Hey! If my response can get people to change how they’d spend their money, maybe I’m on to something”…I feel extremely fortunate to have the opportunities that have come my way. I’m eager to help others do the same. That’s why I’m so passionate about supporting these organizations – it’s how I give back. Select one of the partners below to learn more and how to get involved.

  • TIME’S UP is a unified call for change from women in entertainment for women everywhere. From movie sets to farm fields to boardrooms alike, TIME’S UP envisions nationwide leadership that reflects the world in which we live. If you or someone you know has experienced sexual harassment, assault, or abuse in the workplace, be part of the movement and stand up for equality.

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  • Project Angel Food’s mission is to nourish the body and spirit of men, women and children affected by HIV/AIDS, Cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Volunteers and staff cook and deliver free and nutritious meals prepared with love throughout Los Angeles County. If you want to see how much your love makes a difference, deliver a home cooked meal to a stranger.  You will never forget it.

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  • The mission of School on Wheels is to enhance educational opportunities for homeless children from kindergarten through twelfth grade.  Volunteers work one-on-one with children to teach, mentor, and assist in their educational life. Tutoring a homeless child has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life.  In my experience, it’s the people who have the least who have taught me the most.

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