Walt Disney Family Museum celebrates Women’s History Month with March talks

The story of The Walt Disney Company cannot be told without acknowledging the women who played key roles in its innovation, art, and fandom. On March 7, the Walt Disney Family Museum has two great talks planned to celebrate Women’s History Month. .

The first talk features members of Pixar’s Story Department telling the ‘Her-story’ of the women of Pixar.

Moderated by Her Universe Founder and Designer Ashley Eckstein, hear from Story Supervisor Valerie LaPointe (Toy Story 4, 2019), Storyboard Artist Aphton Corbin (Toy Story 4, 2019), and Storyboard Artist Louise Smythe (Onward, 2020), as they discuss their “storied” journeys from humble beginnings to the top creative tier of Pixar. Learn about what it took for these talented women to get their unique story ideas, gags, and character arcs shown in blockbuster Pixar hits, and how they ensured that their work stood out from the rest of the competition.

Her Universe founder Ashley Eckstein will also give a talk about the secret to growing her fan-focused fashion line.

As a former Disney Channel sitcom actress, a current voice talent for Star Wars and Sofia the First projects, and now, as the designer behind a sci-fi/fantasy-inspired fashion company for women, Her Universe, Ashley Eckstein has made a name for herself across the Disney landscape in a unique way. Hear from Eckstein as she discusses the secrets to her success, what drove her to create Her Universe, and how she transitioned from acting to creating her own successful fashion line.

You can buy tickets separately for each talk or by a combo package and see both. We know what we would do if we were planning to be in the San Francisco area on March 7.

Tickets for ‘Her-Story: The Women of Pixar’s Story Department’ and ‘Building an Empire: Creating “Her Universe” with Ashley Eckstein’ go on pre-sale to Walt Disney Family Museum supporters beginning January 14 and if any tickets remain they’ll be made available to the public on January 17.

Her Story Photo courtesy Pixar, photographed by Deborah Coleman.