Bonnie Abaunza: The Wizardess of Oz – Episode 18

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We are excited to introduce you to Bonnie Abaunza. Bonnie founded Artists for Amnesty at Amnesty International, led the Social Action arm of Participant Media for seven years, directed the philanthropic foundation for Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer and consulted for the United Nations’ International Labour Organization all before founding the Abaunza Group. Her social impact campaigns have raised awareness about critical issues including genocide with Hotel Rwanda and The Heart of Nuba campaigns, conflict diamonds with Blood Diamond, abuses by the food industry with Food, Inc., campus sexual assault awareness with the Lady Gaga song “Til It Happens To You” from The Hunting Ground as well many many others. Most recently Bonnie is spearheading an awareness campaign in relation to the Oscar-nominated film The Trial of the Chicago 7 for the 2021 Academy Awards.

Bonnie Abaunza has dedicated her life to humanitarian work, human rights and social justice advocacy. She develops and executes campaigns to help films move the needle on critical social, political and cultural issues. Bonnie’s work has brought hard-hitting campaigns and major celebrity engagement to issues as diverse as child slavery, human trafficking, environmental justice, girls education and much more.

From behind the scenes at the Academy Awards to Artists for Amnesty to consulting with the United Nations, Bonnie leverages the momentum created by things like films, music and more to make a huge impact in the world for good. Bonnie has been referred to as the “Wizardess of Oz” because when you pull back the curtain to many philanthropic efforts emanating from the entertainment community, she is moving the levers to make things happen.

Tune in and listen and we think you’ll agree that Bonnie is definitely a crazy amazing human rights warrior! Please feel free to share Bonnie’s inspirational story with anyone you may know who could benefit from it. We want to thank you so much for being part of our community. We think YOU are crazy amazing!






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