Jennifer Siebel Newsom, director and producer of the documentary “Miss Representation,” brings her message of how small actions can change statistics like these and others noted in the film to Omaha on Thursday, October 18, as keynote speaker for the 12th annual Women’s Fund Fall Luncheon.  Newsom’s focus is on how the media’s misrepresentation of women contributes to their underrepresentation in positions of power and leadership in business, politics and life.

In anticipation of Newsom’s appearance, the Omaha Women’s Fund, in collaboration with the University of Nebraska at Omaha, will host a special screening of the film sponsored by TD Ameritrade, followed by a panel discussion. The showing is Wednesday, October 10, at 7 p.m. at UNO’s Strauss Performing Arts Center. Tickets are available now and are $10 for individuals or $5 for students.

As is tradition at the luncheon, grants will be presented to local nonprofit agencies for programs targeting what Women’s Fund research has identified as the most critical needs for local women and girls. Additionally, one woman will receive keys to a refurbished 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt under the Recycled Rides program.

The luncheon takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Ramada Plaza Hotel, 3321 South 72nd St. Ticket prices are: individual, $75; individual corporate, $150; corporate table (10 seats), $1,500.

Tickets for the luncheon and film screening are available online at or call (402) 827.9280.