Spirited! Fabulous! Lion-hearted! Go-Getters!

May 25, 2014

With these words we announce our call-for-entries for our first Women in Film Award, which will be presented in 2015 – because these are the words that best describe what it is to be a Gutsy Gal!

In 2008 I was so inspired by the “not-well-enough-known” story of Berta Benz, the visionary wife of Karl Benz and the inspiration behind modern auto travel, that I dove into producing an independent film based on Berta’s story. And in the process, Gutsy Gals was born. Berta’s story helped me understand more deeply what it is to be a risk taker, to think outside of the box, to go out on a limb for what you believe in – in short to drive your own destiny.

And that is what we are supporting and encouraging today at Gutsy Gals Inspire Me. That little film project I mentioned has evolved into an educational program, including a 15 minute animated video and a full-color workbook filled with activities that closely correlate to the STEM curriculum for students. The program has already been adopted by a progressive school in Austen, Texas and has interest from several other schools and educational organizations.

We are also thrilled to announce our collaboration with the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers who will host the first Gutsy Gals Award for women writers and directors in film, in March of 2015. And we’ll move into our seventh year in Santa Barbara of giving the Gutsy Gal Award, also in March 2015. Finally, we have launched an affiliate marketing program for A Sane Approach/Friends and Family Agreements, a sister company which we will pull under the Gutsy Gals umbrella.

We invite you to participate! Through this blog, we want to provide a forum for women of all ages and life experiences to share what it means to be Gutsy. In the coming weeks we will post blog submission guidelines, and look forward to creating a vibrant on-line community of spirited women who “drive their own destinies”!

-- Deborah Hutchison, President and Founder, Gutsy Gals Inspire Me

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Deborah Hutchison


Deborah Hutchison, Founder and President of Gutsy Gals Inspire Me ®, is a risk taker, problem solver, published author, award winning filmmaker, speaker, and out-of-the-box thinker. Starting not one, but two businesses during the financial crisis of the late 2000’s, she continues to fulfill her life’s journey driven by inspiration, commitment, and the tenacity to succeed in empowering others. Today she directs her attention to Gutsy Gals Inspire Me ®, a company she founded that focuses on recognizing positive female role models. Since 2008 Gutsy Gals has been giving out the Gutsy Gals Inspire Me awards to forward-thinking women who challenge the status quo.

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