GAIL has a background in nonprofit/for profit public relations and marketing with award-winning experience in social care. Her arts and culture experience includes production and marketing credits in independent films, working in all areas of film festival production, marketing music festivals and managing talent. She learned the culture of dance while doing marketing for an internationally touring dance company and school. With a desire to see more audiences at all types of arts performances, she devises strategies for greater outreach and engagement.
GAIL has worked with music organizations to help preserve and promote genres and sat on the board of an historic theater company.
GAIL’s work includes innovations in healthcare marketing. As a supervising counselor, she helped people with dual challenges in mental health and addiction integrate into mainstream society. Her geriatrics experience involved designing individual and group activities, while helping seniors at various levels improve physical and mental vivacity. Her experience in social care extends to working in workforce development with mostly women transitioning from welfare to work. Securing a job with a family sustainable income, impacts self esteem and quality of life. Therefore, she created workshops specifically designed to demonstrate the correlation between preventive health and job retention. With so many women overwhelmed in positions as heads of households, she facilitated small group sessions with women and children offering activities and coping resources.
Because of GAIL's experience in community economic development, she understands the values and needs that make the places we live and work meaningful and sustainable. She is an advocate of utilizing historic buildings and unique spaces in innovative ways with respect and dignity. She created a popup shopping mall in the historic Pennsylvania Railroad Building. She produced a popup art gallery featuring the art of a public school art teacher, at a local community restaurant. She also curated a photography exhibit featuring the work of graduating college seniors, at the headquarters of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
As a former educator GAIL taught special education and lead a "Reading for Understanding" class sponsored by a major transportation company as a perk for their employees. She has tutored adults returning to college or attending for the first time and supervised a tutoring/after school homework help program. She even taught sewing!
GAIL pioneered an annual Philadelphia-based program celebrating National Women’s History Month, created to empower women’s abilities to connect and network. Since the dawn of the new Millennium, she has been honored to host elegant Christmas Teas for women. Now a season highlight attracting attendees locally, nationally and internationally, she created the affair as an applause to ladies philanthropic and dynamic in both their personal and professional lives.
GAIL with entertainer Elohim at Philafilm: The Philadelphia International Film Festival & Marketplace, where GAIL served on staff for many years.
Celebrity makeup artist Susan Sorrell of Susan Sorrell Makeup and Corporate Grooming, speaks to attendees at GAIL's Annual National Women's History Month Celebration, at The Federal Reserve Bank headquarters in Philadelphia.
Theme from "Un-Perfect"
An Award-Winning Film
Gail Y. Bennett
Samuel Joshua Sauls