Supermodel, wife, mommy, entrepreneur, film maker and activist Christy Turlington Burns (her husband happens to be actor, film producer, writer and director and one of the original men who made the “scruff” look hot, Ed Burns) not only is gracing the cover of the literally hot-off-the presses Capitol File issue, but she also appeared in person Wednesday morning to speak to around 30 guests at the Park Hyatt Washington DC.Â Dressed simply in black kitten heels, a modest black patterned dress and sweater, her no make up face/ponytail self was still stunning.Â Burns was soft spoken, friendly, gracious, sincere, and gorgeous with zero body fat, yet, she looked like she was the picture of youthful health. Â You know, the woman you love to hate, but you can’t because she is so nice and doing such good for the world.Â She reminded me of another woman who is a global philanthropist and social entrepreneur, Lauren Bush Lauren, co-founder of FEED Projects, who also once graced Capitol File magazine’s cover.
Back to Mrs. Burns.Â She spoke to the guests who were invited by Sarah Schaffer, President and Editor in Chief of the glossy publication, about her own story, the catalyst of why she became so active in the global initiative of responsible maternal health.Â In 2003, Burns became a mother, but experienced major complications.Â That changed her life.Â She learned of women dying in and during childbirth, even in our country, two women die per day, and she became passionate about preventative health and wellness.Â In 2010 after finishing her first doc “No Woman, No Cry“, which took two years to make, she founded Every Mother Counts.
Today, Burns crusades for the cause, showing her film and talking to people in schools, educational institutions, hospitals, organizations, political venues, and any place where they will listen.Â Her in-person appearances work, as do the media coverage and features.Â I personally would not have known much at all about the state of maternal health, nor about “No Woman, No Cry”, nor about Every Mother Counts, had it not been for this breakfast and magazine issue.
Pamela Lynne Sorensen is the founder of Pamela’s Punch, a leading source of information for the “who, what, when, and where” of Washington, DC’s elite social, professional, and philanthropic scene, which she founded in November of 2006. In 2012 she launched Pacific Punch, based in Los Angeles. Pamela comes from an extensive background in sales and business development from a variety of industries, has been involved with charities and fundraising for a number of years and holds several Board and leadership positions. She currently resides in Arlington, Virginia and when she’s not out on the town, she’s reading or writing while sipping fine wine, or traveling the country and the world ISO adventures, beauty, fun, food, style, libations, music, and the good life. Follow her on Twitter at @pamelaspunch.