Actress Sally Field was in our fair city on Saturday for International Women’s Day, and your FishbowlDC editor managed to snag a few minutes of her time to talk. Field was in town on behalf of Vital Voices to lead DC’s Global Mentoring Walk for Women -an initiative that encourages up-and-coming women around the world to develop relationships with more established women leaders.
“We find these women who have great visions,” Field told us right before the walk. “But they don’t have the skills -the miles in the saddle. Vital Voices brings women in who do have the miles in the saddle and they teach them things -business skills, communications skills, and so on.”
Field says the idea for the walks themselves emerged from the personal practice of one very accomplished women -Geraldine Laybourne. Laybourne is best known as the co-founder of the Oxygen Network, and as the woman who took Nickelodeon from a 5-person operation in 1980 to an $8 billion business in 1995. Her success made her an obvious go-to person for advice for other women, but she found she hardly ever had the time during the week to talk.
“So she said, ‘Let’s do it on Saturdays. Let’s just go walk and talk while we get some exercise.’ And they realized they were giving so much to each other, and they would go back to their lives and give it to others,” said Field.