IDA invites you to read this column on our Sustainable Activism Blog by guest blogger Denise Papas, a freelance television producer/writer who specializes in biographies. Denise is featuring members of our Council of Sustainable Activism (CoSA) to introduce them to our supporters. CoSA provides emotional and spiritual resources for animal activists: www.idausa.org/SustainableActivism.
Hillary Rettig is an author, coach, and teacher. She teaches productivity and time-management classes online at many educational, business, and arts organizations such as the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts, The Institute for Social and Economic Development in Washington, DC, and The Mark Twain House and Museum in Hartford, Connecticut. A longtime supporter of In Defense of Animals, she joined IDA’s Council of Sustainable Activism in 2014.
Hillary’s book “The 7 Secrets of the Prolific: The Definitive Guide to Overcoming Procrastination, Perfectionism, and Writer’s Block,” is a bestseller in Amazon’s productivity category. She also wrote “The Lifelong Activist: How to Change the World Without Losing Your Way,” which was published by Lantern Books in 2006. Her numerous articles have been published in Psychology Today, Huffington Post, Future Buzz, Time Management Ninja, Tomorrow’s Professor, Wired, and Working Woman, among others.
She was prompted to become active in animal rights and vegan after attending a National Animal Rights Conference in 2004. Soon after attending that conference, Hillary co-organized an International Grassroots Animal Rights Conference in New York City. She is now on the board of Veg Youth and in 2014 she created Vegan Kalamazu to promote vegan awareness.
Hillary credits her mentors for encouraging her to focus on her most valuable talents and strives to empower good people – especially vegan and animal activists – to become as productive and happy as possible.
Denise Papas Meechan is a producer and writer for film and television shows such as “Fashion Police”, “Full Frontal Fashion” and “Behind the Label.” She is also a script moderator for the NYC Screenwriters Collective. She uses her production talents to volunteer as a humanitarian producer focusing a camera on people whose stories capture an altruistic perspective on life. Denise was awarded an Emmy in 2006 for her work on the cult television comedy game show “Subway Q&A” hosted by Rich Collier. She is a member of the Producer’s Guild of America (PGA).