We want to thank everyone who has supported this vision, this call to action and believed in this project!
Joyce & Beth

Joyce Ortega

For the past 30 years Joyce has consulted with non-profits, businesses and entrepreneurs focusing on projects which she feels passionate about including environmental issues, change strategies and future viewing, gender equity and work life balance and bettering peoples lives. With an M.A. in Organization Development and Transformation, her heart is into creating positive change in the world.

As an avid reader and traveler worldwide, she has read about and seen first hand the beauty and diversity of cultures and the places on the planet where upheaval, inequities, war or environmental hazards have caused suffering and a need for change – including the United States.

Her passion to give back and alleviate some of this suffering led her to a commitment to tap into the power of women’s books groups to empower women worldwide. As Aung San Suu Kyi (Nobel Peace Prize recipient) stated, “The education and empowerment of women throughout the world cannot fail to result in a more caring, tolerant, just and peaceful life for all.” Simply put, when women thrive, we all do– including men.

A mother, a grandmother, a love to dance, hike and laugh keeps her balanced between the tough realities of life on a global level and the light side of living fully and compassionately with her partner, Phyllis, community of family, friends, two sons, Jason and Justus, daughter-in-law Jen and grandchildren, Jasmine and Jude.

Beth Slye

While a senior in high school in Washington DC, Beth was chosen as one of 4 American students to join the Commonwealth Youth Movement and spent a summer touring England and Scotland with students from the British Commonwealth. The people she met and the experiences she had turned into a lifelong passion for travel, learning and giving back.

Educated at Oberlin, the University of Michigan, and San Francisco State University, she became a filmmaker, a journalistic photographer and a co-owner of a video production company. She has worked with 100’s of people and seen first hand people’s accomplishments and struggles. Strongly evident is the power of community and people helping people.

She is married with 2 adult children, Jeff, who works to help companies become more Earth-sustainable, and Debbie, who lives in a group home for people with special needs. Oh, and she can’t forget her awesome grandson, Jake and daughter-in-law Kristin, who is working with us on this project. In 2000, Beth and her husband Doug, along with a core group of parents, helped bring an intentional community called Camphill, serving challenged adults, to California. She knows intimately about people who need extra support, and it has helped trigger her enthusiasm for helping create Goodbooksgoodworks.com.

Participating in 3 book groups over the past 20 years (not all at once!), and after reading the book, Half the Sky, Beth saw the potential for women in book groups, who are already open to new ideas, as natural conduits to help other women worldwide. Last year one of her book groups read this book and donated to The Fistula Foundation and this year is donating to the VitalVoices.org. She has great hopes this idea will spread worldwide.