We believe in building and nurturing strong communities of women

There’s nothing more beautiful than women supporting women to be the best version of themselves.

Vision

Provide education, connections and networking opportunities and solutions to women globally 

 

Empower women to become agents of change

 

Shape a fraternity that energises the triad of social, economic and sustainable development

Mission

To arm young girls and women with the tools, knowledge and skills needed to reach their greatest potential which can then be reinforced for business

 

To build and nurture strong communities of young girls and women where they serve as connectors of networks and agents of change

Values

We believe in:

B- building a community and fostering a sense of belonging

E- elevating and empowering young girls

L- leading by example to inspire

L- launching dreams and creating opportunities 

A- amplifying the voices of women

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Core team members

Founder, Host and Creative Director
Head of Content Strategy and Executive Partner

Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Chief Financial Officer

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Gina P Nelson

Founder, Host and Creative Director

An artist, writer, and educator whose perspective on “the female experience” has been distinctly molded by her upbringing, Ms. Gina P. Nelson is the Founder and CEO of Bella and Bella Productions.  As one of ten children (and one of two girls) born to Guyanese, South American parents, Gina understands the importance of building and nurturing strong communities of women. Gina is a champion of female empowerment and ultimately hopes that the Bella and Bella platform serves as the space where meaningful dialogue is exchanged, team collaboration is fostered, risk-taking is encouraged and dreams are nurtured.

 

Gina holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Wesleyan University and a master’s degree in Education from New York University. Her educational background spans the fields of grant writing, curriculum & assessment development, leadership capacity building, and school improvement planning.  An accomplished writer and artist, her artwork has been featured in both group and solos shows in NY,  NJ and Connecticut and her personal narrative writings were published in a Women’s Anthology titled “Our Voices: Our Stories: Advancing, Celebrating, Embracing and Empowering Girls and Women of Color. Additionally, Gina is a contributing author to Flippin’ The Script: The Career Women’s Guide to Living and Loving Life Abroad which was published in July of 2022.

 

An avid traveler and purveyor of other cultures who has sojourned to 54 countries across five continents, Gina believes in the generative power of storytelling to connect people with each other and the world.

 

Gina has worked and lived in the UAE, where she founded The Diving for Pearls Podcast (DFP), a podcast about female thought leaders, innovators and visionaries making transformative inroads in the region. DFP is an internationally nominated podcast that recently secured a win in the 2023 American Writing Awards Ars category for Podcast of the Year.

 

DFP is found on Apple, Spotify, Amazon and wherever you listen to podcasts (Buzzsprout Link to the Diving for Pearls Podcast)

Gina served as a Deputy Cluster Manager for approximately 100 public schools in the Abu Dhabi region.. She returned to the UAE in October 2022 to serve as a Senior Consultant for Ejabat, a Management Consultancy firm in Abu Dhabi that specializes in strategic advisory and operational improvement for VVIP clients.

Lee Dawn

Head of Content Strategy and Executive Partner

A problem solver, writer, and sustainability enthusiast who was raised in Mumbai, India, Lee Dawn is a Marketing Strategist and Content Creator for Bella and Bella Productions and the Diving for Pearls Podcast. She has built content and strategy for many prestigious clients including: Sarom Fabrics (a renowned Indian textile company), Musafir.com (a UAE based travel agency) and Caroline Labouchere, “Grey Ambassador”/model and former Diving for Pearls guest.

 

Lee holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from St. Xavier’s College in Mumbai, India and a Master’s degree in English from Pune University in Pune, India. She is passionate about brand voice and story. A spoken word poet by passion, Leeba has performed at many open mics. Her certification in voice over and her love for storytelling has created ladders of opportunities; Leeba has lent her voice for notable brands and productions such as The Carpenter’s Desk in Mumbai, India, Kings and Queens International School in Bhilai Charoda, India and Smart Electronic Design in Dubai, UAE.

 

Having grown up around strong women, Lee takes pride in celebrating and honoring the achievements of women of all ages. Lee draws great inspiration from her mother who is still working and savoring life at the ripe age of 63. Additionally, she admires her mother-in-law’s independence and grit and hopes to continue her mother-in-law’s legacy of building bridges for fellow women. 

A champion of female empowerment, Leeba is on a journey of being and becoming.

Leeba moved to Dubai in March 2021 after she married her husband Dawn, with whom she co-founded the “Lee and Dawn”Digital Marketing Agency. 

Ruth Elizabeth Nelson​

Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Bella & Bella Production

Ruth Elizabeth Nelson attended Frank T. Simpson-Waverly elementary school where she was in the Gifted and Talented Program.  Ruth scored PHS (Post High School) on standardized tests and graduated as the valedictorian of her elementary school class.  Ruth attended Renbrook private middle school where Oscar winning actress Katherine Hepburn had gone. Ruth was one of seven students in an honors advisee group and was a member of the Buddy Program, the theatre program and Nerkoob Newspaper. Ruth scored a nearly perfect score on her SSAT and got offered a spot in a summer camp for genius kids at John Hopkins University—a camp which was profiled on the TV show 60 Minutes. Ruth attended Hartford Public High School—the second oldest continuous high school in the nation which has several notable alumni, such as archaeologist Don Johansen, who found the oldest human remains, Lucy, in Africa and whom Ruth met. Ruth graduated as the valedictorian from Hartford Public High School with an A+ average where she was her school’s representative to the board of trustees, member of the Owlet Newspaper, member of the National Honor Society, President of her chapter’s National Classical League and voted Class Scholar.

 

Ruth attended Harvard University, which has notable alumni such as Oscar winning actress Natalie Portman, whom Ruth met when Ruth was the one of two advisees of the Freshman Dean and Natalie Portman was one of two advisees of the Freshman Dean’s husband. While at Harvard, Ruth made the Dean’s List, Rank List 1, and was awarded the John Harvard Scholarship, which is given to a students with at least an A- average—Ruth had well over that. Ruth also made a major archaeological discovery while at Harvard. Ruth has continued her education and has recently amassed a graduate degree from the University of Cambridge, a Professional Certificate from the University of Cambridge, two Professional Certificates from Harvard University, a XSeries Certificate from Harvard University and nineteen individual certificates from Harvard University (the #1 university in America), the University of Cambridge (the #2 university in the world) and the University of Oxford (the #1 university in the world).


Ruth has received the Presidential Award for Student Service for President Bill Clinton. Ruth has also received a Connecticut State Award for her accomplishments, is a Hartford Courant (the oldest newspaper in America) Scholar, is a Connecticut State Latin Declamation prize first place winner, is an Oratorical Contest winner, a Trinity Prize Contest winner for her art and has won awards from the Mayor of the City of Hartford.


Ruth has interviewed Jerry Pinkney who is an award winning American illustrator and writer of children’s books. Ruth helped to edit her mother’s award winning poetry book Everyday Poems which sold at Borders bookstore. Ruth has recited poetry for Hartford Mayor Carrie Saxon Perry who was the 1st African American female to be elected Mayor of a major New England city.


Ruth also has a love of dance.  Ruth danced the Macarena with “The Macarena” singers Los Del Rio. Ruth has danced in numerous ballets including the Nutcracker with the Hartford Ballet at the Bushnell theatre—a theatre where greats such as Barbara Walters have graced. Ruth was a dance protégée who  trained under Maria Youskevitch, daughter of famous ballet dancer Igor Youskevitch, at the Hartford Ballet and later under Elizabeth Bergmann, who taught Madonna dance and who appeared on the show Inside Edition. Ruth has received a Cecchetti International Ballet Certificate, after being examined by a London examiner. Ruth continues to dance, and has trained at the Harvard Dance Center, under Jean Robens Georges, who has had many principal roles including a role in The Lion King and Yury Yanowsky, who was a principal dancer with the Boston Ballet for over two decades and who won the Prix de Lausanne, which is the most prestigious prize in the ballet world. Ruth was a participant in the Harvard Dance Center Artists Talk interviewing Yury Yanowsky.


Ruth is an accomplished clarinetist who has played in concert. Ruth has sung at the Music Extravaganza at the Bushnell Theatre. Ruth has interviewed the rock band Daughtry. Ruth has interviewed Brad Fischetti from pop band LFO and has also spoken to Brad Fischetti from the band LFO about recording two songs she created. Ruth has seen 28 artists live in concert and 27 artists in virtual concerts and has collected music memorabilia.


Ruth has written standup comedy previously.  Ruth has met comedian Mark Curry from the TV show Hanging With Mr. Cooper. Ruth has meet comedian Yakov Smirnoff from the TV show What a Country. Ruth has seen many theatre shows including The Sound of Music and Fiddler on the Roof.  Ruth has also seen Shakespeare’s production of The Winter’s Tale, on Shakespeare’s 459th birthday, where she interviewed the cast at the Hartford Stage where greats such as Phylicia Rashad, Angela Bassett, Mikhail Baryshnikov and Calista Flockhart, whom Ruth saw in Romeo and Juliet, have graced the stage.  Furthermore, Ruth also has experience in entertainment industry and media as Ruth has appeared in a production on the WIZ at the Stedman Theatre, appeared in a production of Working at the Roberts Theatre, has created and starred in a PSA on TV for NBC that aired for two years and won a Breaking the Cycle award. Ruth has appeared in a commercial on FOX. Ruth has appeared in a PSA on CBS. Ruth has appeared on a talk show with Mike Myers. Ruth has appeared on the Spanish Language television show Adelente. Ruth appeared in a promotional ad campaign for The Hartford. Ruth has also appeared several times in newspaper articles, including on the front page of the oldest U.S. newspaper— The Hartford Courant. Ruth has also appeared on the TV news several times.


Ruth is a pageant winner and has won the Miss Connecticut Model Pageant. Ruth is also a winner of the Miss North Hartford Beauty Pageant, runner up Miss Connecticut Beauty Pageant and runner up East Coast Beauty Pageant. Ruth took part in a modeling convention where she interviewed supermodel Roshumba who was on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. Four modeling agencies have wanted to sign Ruth, but Ruth declined and pursued academics instead.


Ruth is a supporter of many causes. Ruth has donated to Harvard University. Ruth is a No Kid Hungry supporter. Ruth is a StageIt supporter raked in the top 100 (#78).  Ruth is a MusiCares Grammy Foundation supporter. Ruth is World Wildlife Fund supporter. Ruth is a Boys & Girls Clubs of America supporter. Ruth is a Keep America Beautiful supporter.  Ruth is an Arbor Day Supporter.


Other noteworthy accomplishments of Ruth is that she participated in a LRE conference where she spoke alongside the first female U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor,  has interviewed the man who discovered President Franklin Delano Roosevelt knew about the Pearl Harbor attack before it occurred and who was on a PBS special about it, met the first black man to sail around the world on the ship he sailed around the world on and has been in a virtual conference with Shark Tank’s Kevin O’Leary. Ruth also has many inventions including a new pasta dish. Ruth has a love for food and has visited numerous restaurants. Among the restaurants she has visited is the famous Tavern on the Green in NYC, Randy’s Wooster Street Pizza, where an episode of the show Man VS. Food was filmed, and James Beard winner Todd English’s Tuscany and MXDC.


Ruth has worked in insurance sales in a subsidiary of one of the richest people in the world Warren Buffet’s major companies, American Income Life, as a licensed life producer. Ruth has received a letter as well as certificate from the President of the company for her achievement in sales. Ruth has also been on this multi-national company’s Weekly Leaderboard for high sales figures with a note under her name for 100% business retention.  Ruth was named a VIP by the company and studied by the company.  Among the accolades Ruth won at the company were several types of bonuses such as the VIP bonus that she won several times, the World’s Greatest Bonus that she won several times and the Commitment Challenge Bonus that she also won several times.  Also, Ruth was congratulated and told by management that she made the difference in giving the women a victory in the Ladies Versus Gentlemen Agent Challenge.

Nancy Alhyari

Chief Financial Officer

An engineer and self-proclaimed “mathphile”, Nancy Alhyari is the (Acting) Chief Financial Officer of Bella and Bella Productions.

Hailing from Jordan, Nancy comes from a family of renowned doctors who taught her the value of a good education, but more importantly instilled in her the values of kindness, compassion, empathy, integrity, responsibility and humanism. Nancy was raised to see the full potential in others and use her natural gifts to support others in becoming the best version of themselves. 

Nancy firmly believes in creating spaces where women can thrive and lead through encouragement, collaboration and networking.

Nancy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Jordan, where she successfully navigated traditionally male-dominated fields. 

Nancy has never been one to shy away from challenges; she managed a monthly magazine (for women) at the University of Jordan and on many occasions successfully petitioned management to afford female students the same opportunities as their male counterparts.

As a Unit Manager at MetLife, Nancy focused on developing the competencies of female prospects including teaching them the importance of financial planning and financial independence.

Nancy transitioned from the corporate world to education, as a result of feeling as if she could have a greater impact on young women. As an educator, Nancy is passionate about her work, taking the time to help her students learn about their personal values, strengths, interests and goals. Nancy has always believed in creating a positive, supportive environment that leverages the strengths and capabilities of individuals while encouraging productive and critical thinking.

A resident of Abu Dhabi, Nancy currently serves as an Academic Cluster Manager for public schools in Abu Dhabi and Dubai, where she strives to be a role model for her students, encouraging them to see the truth and beauty in their potential and in math.