Filmmaker illustrates importance of women during WWU Alumni Speaker Series

Deborah Bunn Hutchison leans down to speak to a student in the audience during her talk at William Woods University.
Deborah Bunn Hutchison leans down to speak to a student in the audience during her talk at William Woods University.

Deborah Bunn Hutchison used her award-winning short animated film to show William Woods University students that women can and do accomplish great things.

A 1974 WWU alumna and member of the William Woods Board of Trustees since 1997, Hutchison spoke Wednesday about her career. Her talk was part of the Alumni Speakers Series.

She showed her film, “The Improbable Journey of Berta Benz,” the wife and business partner of automobile inventor Karl Benz. In 1888,

despite numerous problems along the journey, Benz was the first person to drive an automobile over a long distance. In doing so, she brought the Benz Patent-Motorwagen worldwide attention and got the company its first sales.

Hutchison was the writer/director/producer of the film. She also is a published author, speaker and founder of Gutsy Gals Inspire Me® (www.gutsygalsinspireme.com). Gutsy Gals is an inspirational media company dedicated to promoting and nurturing positive female role models.

She also co-authored “Put It in Writing: Creating Agreements Between Family and Friends,” along with Judge Lynn Toler of Divorce Court TV. This book contains several family and friend agreements used to create clarity and accord with hot topic issues prone to causing emotional heartache, e.g., lending or borrowing money, premarital cohabitation, adult children moving back home, teen driving and more.