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Joan Rudder-Ward

Coach, Trainer, Speaker

Joan Rudder-Ward, MBA, Certified Professional Photographer (CPP), is the CEO of the Image Maker, a visual communications company she started in 1985. An expert in harnessing the power of the visual image she is an award-winning television producer, photographic artist, and filmmaker.

Joan has earned the Certified Professional Photographer designation from the Professional Photographic Certification Commission.  She accomplished this after meeting rigorous requirements measuring her artistic, technical, ethical, and business competence. The certified designation is held by fewer than 2,500 photographers worldwide.  

She is also the founder of  the Positive Image Network – a 501c3 organization with the mission to provide resources to support parents, guardians, and mentors in nurturing the personal development of adolescent/teen girls and young women.

She has been published in magazines and newspapers, and is the recipient of numerous awards for her service to the community through her photography programs, as well as awards for her producer and photographic expertise.

  • 2018 Telly Award Winner
  • 2017 People’s Silver Telly Award Winner
  • 2016 Dreams, Visionaries, and Leaders Honoree
  • 2013 Digital Artist of the Year – Inland Empire Professional Photographers and Videographers
  • Trailblazer Award 2010- For You Network
  • Making A Difference in the Community 2009- For You Network
  • Recipient The President’s Call to Service Award (George W. Bush) 2008
  • Woman of Distinction in Arts and Culture 2007- Girl Scouts San Gorgonio Council
  • Woman of Excellence in Community Service 2006- National Association for Female Executives
  • Outstanding Community Service -1996 Riverside County Board of Supervisors

Additionally Joan serves on the board of several organizations that work for the benefit of women and children. She is a sought after speaker for conferences that promote the welfare and well-being of children and girls/young women in our society.

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Killing them softly...
How our media-saturated culture sexualizes adolescent girls and 3 of the dangers it's causing 
by Joan Rudder-Ward

In our media-saturated culture sexualization and objectification of girls is commonplace within all forms of media 
Research links sexualization with three of the most common mental health problems of girls and women 

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Doors of opportunity are open to me! That’s what this photo represents. Though in my life growing up in foster care, I may have felt the walls were closed in on me and I couldn’t get out, but, I now know that good things are ahead, as wonderful doors have opened for me. This workshop has helped me to see that!

Alicia Sanchez - Riverside, CA

 

Alicia Sanchez - Riverside, CA

 

One thing I've learned through the workshops is It’s okay to be myself. I am lovable the way I am. I won’t let others get me down. I will make changes that I can make. I will talk more positively about myself, because I am a valuable young woman.

Tiffany Moreno

 

Tiffany Moreno

 

The girls from our foster care agency thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and want to continue with more classes!

Jennifer Barraza

Aspira Foster Care Agency

Jennifer Barraza

Aspira Foster Care Agency

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Killing them softly... How our media-saturated culture sexualizes adolescent girls and 3 of the dangers it's causing written by Joan Rudder-Ward

In our media-saturated culture sexualization and objectification of girls is commonplace within all forms of media 
Research links sexualization with three of the most common mental health problems of girls and women 
Many girls suffer a loss of 'true-self' which can be hard to regain