Berkeley Lab

“The Empowerment Project” Film Screening on April 22-23

The Empowerment Project FlyerThe Diversity and Inclusion Council and the Women Scientists and Engineers Council (WSEC) will be screening a film called The Empowerment Project.  Distinguished Scientist, Mina Bissell, in the Life Sciences Division is one of the many inspiring women featured in this film.

There will be two screenings: Wednesday, April 22nd from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in the B50 Auditorium (onsite – popcorn will be served); and Thursday, April 23rd from 12:00-1:30 p.m. at Gray Auditorium in Potter Street (offsite – refreshments will be served).  The film will not be live streamed, so please join us at either location.  For any questions, please email

About the film:  The Empowerment Project is the incredible journey of a crew of female filmmakers driving across America to encourage, empower, and inspire the next generation of strong women to go after their career ambitions.  Driving over 7,000 miles from Los Angeles to New York over the course of 30 days, the documentary spotlights 17 positive and powerful women leaders across a variety of lifestyles and industries.  In celebration of the all-female focus in front of and behind the camera, the filmmakers turned the cameras on themselves, capturing their transformational journey.  The film challenges the audience to ask themselves, “What would you do if you weren’t afraid to fail?”

To learn more about the film or watch the trailer, visit


  1. I am wondering if the showing of film is open to public guests. I am interested in attending.

    • Hi Tamara,

      The event is primarily for employees, but if you have an employee contact they can submit a visitor’s pass for you to enter the gate. If you have any questions, please contact us @


      • Thank you for replying to my request! Sadly, I don’t know any staff at the Berkeley Lab. I saw the listing on the Empowerment Project website.

          • Absolutely. I was told anyone interested can ask to attend. If you want to come to Potter street, (off 7th street, near Ashby, where the Life Science Division is situated in former Bayer laboratories) you can call my administrator, Candace Hunter at 510-486-4365 on Monday or send an E> mail to my E. mail above, and she can arrange a pass for you and the auditorium is right next to where you enter the building. She can also give you directions. good luck! I will be there also since I am featured in it! Mina