Girls' Leadership Project

The Production Team

A Seat at the Table was produced by Miss Hall's School students Arielle, Brenda, Callie, Emma, Greta, and Rachel: six girls with big dreams and big questions. The girls received direction from PAaLS Research Director Elizabeth Debold, Ed.D., and documentary filmmaker Jackie Mow.

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  • Arielle

    A talented tutor and artist, Ari’s favorite subjects at MHS were science and art. She was a chemistry tutor for three years, helping other students with science concepts, and was a member of the Art Club, of which she was co-president. While working on the documentary, her primary role was sound and interviewing. She reflects that she especially values the self-confidence she gained while working on the film by learning from great women and feeling that, “even as high school students, we could share their messages with other girls.”
  • Brenda

    Brenda was a three-year boarder from Shenzhen, China, and was a Big Sister and a member of the International Student Alliance. She was active in the Art Club and twice received recognition in the Boston Globe Scholastic Art Competition. Brenda’s main roles on the documentary were camera work and interviews. Her favorite interview was with Massachusetts Institute of Technology President Susan Hockfield, who impressed Brenda with her work to make MIT more female-friendly and with her advice for women seeking work-life balance.
  • Callie

    When she wasn't dancing, which Callie did a lot, she was active in the MHS community as a Big Sister, Proctor, and member of the varsity softball team. Callie even helped choreograph one of the School’s winter musicals. During the summer, she worked as an assistant counselor at a local YMCA camp. Her primary work on the documentary was filming, but she also discovered that she enjoyed interviewing as well. Her favorite part in the film is when the girls are uncertain and puzzled about the direction of their work.
  • Emma

    Emma was a four-year boarder at MHS, where she played volleyball and softball, served on the Diversity Coalition, and was an Admission Ambassador. An aspiring politician, she was active in Student Council beginning in her freshwoman year, served as co-head of Social Committee during junior year, and School President during senior year. Emma’s most memorable experience during the film was interviewing Sen. Gillibrand. She recalls, “She was the one woman whom I could see myself as. As Tiffany Dufu put it, ‘You can’t be it if you can’t see it,’ and I had my first big realization during this interview that I CAN do it and that I am already an important woman in my own right.”
  • Greta

    Greta is from north of Boston and was a three-year boarder. In addition to her participation in PAaLS, she was a Big Sister (girls who take first-year students under their wings), not only to her actual little sister, Olivia ’14, but also to Charlotte ’15. Greta also played lacrosse and was the captain of the varsity alpine race team. While working on the film, Greta’s primary role was sound and camera work, and her favorite part of the documentary was interviewing the women and hearing what each one had to say. 
  • Rachel

    Rachel was another Big Sister who had an actual little sister (Katrina ’16) at MHS. She was a four-year day student from nearby New York and participated in a long list of activities at MHS. Rachel was president of the Vocal Ensemble, played varsity softball and JV soccer, and performed with the Theater Ensemble. While filming the documentary she was often found working on sound and lights for the interviews. Rachel’s favorite part of the film is when Lindy Elkins-Tanton speaks about not wanting to be bored and her willingness to change paths.
  • Elizabeth Debold, E.d.D, PAaLS Research Director

    Dr. Debold has consulted with MHS since 2001 and led the conceptual development and envisioning for the Girls’ Leadership Project (GLP) and the Personal Authority and Leadership Source (PAaLS). A founding member of the Harvard Project on Women’s Psychology and Girls’ Development, directed by Dr. Carol Gilligan, Dr. Debold is an internationally recognized authority on girls’ and women’s development. She is the lead author of the bestseller, Mother Daughter Revolution and has written numerous articles about girls’ development. She also directed the Ms. Foundation for Women’s Collaborative Fund for Healthy Girls/Healthy Women, which funded innovative programs for girls nationwide, and has recently founded Artemis Forum, an online intergenerational discussion forum for women who want to shape the future.
  • Jackie Mow, Producer/Director

    Ms. Mow has produced for various national PBS programs, including “NOVA,” “American Experience,” and “Postcards for Buster.” Her work has also appeared on the Discovery Channel, National Geographic Explorer, and the History Channel. While working for “NOVA,” Ms. Mow filmed in Kenya for World in the Balance, spending four weeks in a slum following a young girl with HIV. This experience inspired her to study public health when the Knight Science Journalism Fellowships awarded her a yearlong fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology/Harvard University. Ms. Mow also produced and directed for PBS the documentary A Girl’s Life, about the challenges girls face as they walk through the doors of adolescence. Before her career in television, Ms. Mow reported and produced for the public radio program The World, focusing on science and health issues.
  • Jessie Beers-Altman, Film Editor

    Jessie Beers-Altman is an award-winning writer, editor, producer, and filmmaker, who currently works as a freelance producer and editor in the Boston area. Ms. Beers-Altman’s experience includes credits for PBS and the Discovery Channel, as well as numerous independent, theatrical, and commercial productions. More recently, she was the Assistant Editor of The Last Mountain (2011), a feature-length documentary about the ills of mountaintop-removal coal mining in Appalachia and the activism surrounding the issue. Ms. Beers-Altman holds degrees in English and Women’s Studies from Georgetown University and is a graduate of Boston University’s MFA Film Production Program.
If you are interested in having MHS participate in a film showing and talk in your school or in your community, please contact David Smith, Communications Manager at MHS, at (413)395-7270 or
492 Holmes Road • Pittsfield, MA 01201  (413) 443-6401

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