Tess Cacciatore is a social entrepreneur filmmaker and content creator dedicated to programming that paves pathways for peace, change for equality, while serving her purpose in life to create advocacy for human rights issues.

Tess is an award-winning producer for the past 20+ years in the areas of entertainment, technology and philanthropy.

Tess has dedicated her life to advocating for peace, justice, and equality around the globe. She has traveled the United States and abroad as a humanitarian documentary producer and activist, while conducting empowerment and mentorship programs to empower people and to eradicate unjust systems that are a plight to humans, animals and the environment. Tess uses her voice as a vehicle to bring awareness and activate people to take a stand for making changes in the world.

Tess’s career as a producer in the entertainment and technology industries drives the global productions of GWEN and now her 20 year vision of a global online television network of empowerment has launched under the umbrella of GWEN. Check out GWENNetwork TV.

Throughout her life, Tess has spoken regularly at international platforms on behalf of children and the imperative use of media and technology to bridge cultures of the world. She has addressed thousands of people through conferences, workshops, and festivals, and millions through radio and TV appearances. Cacciatore’s media appearances include: “The Today Show”, “Prime Time with John Stossel”, The Manny Alvarez Show (FOX) and local TV news in cities such as: Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas, Dallas, Austin, New York. Tess has appeared as a guest on numerous global radio programs, as well as hosted her own radio show (now webseries GWEN Talks).

Tess has brought her story to many publications such as: Family Circle, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Des Moines Register, andParenting Magazine. In 2003 Cacciatore was awarded the Fete d’Excellence from Sub-Commission for Human Rights at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland for her work in educational entertainment and continues to use her voice to speak out and produce events in conjunction with the United Nations from 2000 to present day. Her passion is to reach the “powers that be” to change local and international laws to protect women and children globally.

Some of her more notable efforts include raising funds to feed 1.3 million children annually through social media and micro donations (FEED 333 from 2004-2007) building 38 homes in Sri Lanka after the 2005 Tsunami, creating the YOUR VOICE YOUR CHOICE global campaign to assist young leaders in Africa, along with humanitarian collaborations that include delivering safe drinking water filters, music instruments for students, beds and nets to protect children from malaria, and humanitarian relief in United States, Thailand, Vietnam, El Salvador, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Ghana, Congo, South Africa, and more.

Prior to co-founding the Global Women’s Empowerment Network, Cacciatore was founder and executive director of the World Trust Foundation, an organization mentoring youth to become future leaders working together towards a sustainable world. Over the past decade, Cacciatore has traveled the globe connecting youth-focused nonprofit organizations and inspiring youth to take action towards positive changes in their lives, local communities, and global community.

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Tess’s mission is to creatively express and produce trans-media programs, projects, and services; to inspire global change. It is a vision and Tess’s goal to shape cultural conversations to transform lives, and to be a voice for those who do not have a voice.


Interviewed on CTTV for her commitment to
global human rights.


Tess is a social entrepreneur who has chosen the entertainment, technology and philanthropy industries to  express herself creatively, to live her purpose, and to make the world a better place. She is a voice for the voiceless, as she travels the world continuing to ignite her passion to work on a global scale to change national and international laws.

Prior to co-founding Global Women’s Empowerment Network (GWEN) Tess is the founder  of World Trust Foundation, a 501c3 that mentors youth to become future leaders. The past two decades Tess has traveled the globe, connecting youth-focused non-profit organizations, inspiring those to learn & take action for positive change, in local and  global communities.

Tess has spoken regularly at the United Nations (Geneva and New York) and other international platforms on behalf of women & children with the message of using media and technology to bridge the cultures of the world.

Her career in the entertainment and technology industries has spanned 25+ years,

Tess was an instrumental part of raising funds to feed 1.3 million children in 33 days through social networking and build 38 homes in Sri Lanka after the 2005 tsunami. She traveled the U,S.A and abroad to conduct empowerment camps, workshops and mentorship curriculum, to name a few.

She has participated on many boards over the years including Women’s National Book Association (WNBA) Offbeat Prodigies (an organization that mentors gifted children with special needs). She is also a founding member of the Women’s Speakers Association.

In 2003 Tess was awarded the Fete d’ Excellence within the Sub-Commission for Human Rights at the United Nations (Geneva, Switzerland) for her work in edu-tainment. In 2011 she won Mobile Excellence Award for the GWEN Alert.

winning the Medal of Excellence Geneva Swizterland


Fete d Excellence – 2003 – Geneva Switzerland – Edu-tainment
Mobile Excellence Award – 2012 – Social Awareness Award – GWEN Alert
Los Angeles Business Journal – Women in Business Award/Nomination – 2008 – 2011
Music Songwriting Scholarship – Michael Masser – 1996
Billboard Music Songwriting Award – Country – 1992

Nominated for World Music category at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards, for her song “Politics of Love” for a documentary short – sharing the story of her travels to Congo and the plight of the women and children who are grossly abused on a daily basis over a natural mineral, coltan.

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