Barbara Ortiz Howard is a dynamo who hatched this ambitious campaign. Most days start out for Barbara on a scaffold, inspecting building facades, balconies and roofs or overseeing operations for the exterior restoration company she started almost 30 years ago in the New York City area. Undeterred by the challenges of being a woman executive in a male-dominated field, Barbara enjoys her mission of taking care of people and their buildings. With the Women On 20s campaign, she aims, again, to literally raise the profile of a woman in a male-dominated field.
Through her work, Barbara has learned that it’s the little things that often are the most critical and with this perspective, she has worked on committees to strengthen urban planning codes and advises her church on matters of preserving their buildings and grounds. This attention to detail and her passion for safeguarding neighbors, friends and family has led to a sideline of health advocacy in recent years. But sometimes she notices the big things, too, like no women in the White House and no women on our paper money. So she canvassed for Hillary in key states for the 2008 presidential election and four years later, she birthed a campaign of her own -- Women On 20s. What started with informal surveys of her friends has grown into this national movement.
Today she is grateful for her family and the many people who believe in the W20 campaign as one that will highlight the extraordinary value women have had and will continue to represent on so many levels in our society.
Executive Director & Campaign Strategist
Susan Ades Stone is an award-winning journalist who has a Zelig-like way of landing at startups in their earliest days, among them CNN, the MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, The World Science Festival and now, Women On 20s.
She began her career as a print reporter at the Washington Star. Later, at CNN, she produced the first weekly live-by-satellite interview program, blazing the trail for programs like Nightline. Covering medicine, science and the environment for MacNeil/Lehrer, she reported on the discovery of the AIDS virus, "acid rain," the nuclear catastrophe at Chernobyl, among dozens of other national and international stories. She is the recipient of a 1984 George Polk Award for a short documentary on the efforts of a guerilla anti-abortion group that inspired a spate of clinic bombings and she was nominated for Emmy and Cable Ace awards, among other honors.
Amidst it all, she and her husband Jeff raised three children who were among the first to cast their votes at Women on 20s.
Susan produced, wrote and directed all of the original video content as well as all of the copy, biographies and explanatory material featured on the Women On 20s website.