Maria Bello set out for college with the purpose of becoming a lawyer. Her career choice took a turn during her senior year when she took an acting class. Now, with many credits to her name, she is well-known for her skill as an actress. What some people don’t know is the way she uses her time, talents, and finances to make a difference in the lives of others.
October was a busy month for Bello, as first she spoke at The Secretary's Global Impact Economy Forum at the US Department of State. After talking about what statistics show, she said, “But what is also clear is that investing in women is not only 'nice,' it's good business. My experience with working with women all over the world for the past 23 years, the common theme is they don't want handouts, they want jobs. Bello, along with Communications/Technologist Clare Munn, created GATEwomen and GATEeducation to drive new investment to businesses run by and/or benefiting women in emerging markets. Later in October, Bello enjoyed an evening at the Annenberg Foundation Gala. One focus of this center will be arts education for young people. At the end of the month, Bello attended the Elyse Walker Presents The Pink Party 2013 charity event which was hosted by Anne Hathaway. This event supports breast cancer awareness. It’s an evening that combines the party atmosphere of Hollywood with some of the best fashion designers. Bello was stunning in a Kaufmanfranco white strapless dress. The money goes to Cedars-Sinai Women’s Cancer Center Program at the Samuel Oschin Compressive Cancer Institute.
For the last five years, Bello has also worked in Haiti. She began with Artists for Peace and Justice, which supports communities in Haiti through programs in education, healthcare, and dignity. In 2010, she traveled to Haiti to bring emergency relief supplies after the earthquake there. She then started one women’s clinic, and later a second under an organization she co-founded called WE ADVANCE. WE ADVANCE has a health clinic, education and empowerment programs, and advocates for women locally, nationally, and internationally.
In between her career and her active support of good causes, she still finds time to be a mom. And as any good mom would do, she posted pictures of her son, Jack, in his turkey costume on Halloween.