On a recent Sunday, Sarah Harden was eating pizza with her kids while exchanging emails with actress Reese Witherspoon. “Can I call you? I’ve got a surprise,” Harden wrote to Witherspoon. Once on the phone, she broke the news to the Oscar winner: AT&T had agreed to fund a summer camp for Witherspoon’s media company, Hello Sunshine, to teach filmmaking to 20 teen girls. Harden remembers an emotional Witherspoon telling her, “This is exactly the sort of thing I’ve been wanting to do.”

Hello Sunshine, a company that specializes in empowering and relatable stories for and by women, was just the sort of company Harden had wanted to run, too.

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