Talks, Virtual

Virtual Talk | Building an Empire: Creating Her Universe with Actress, Author, and Entrepreneur Ashley Eckstein, Moderated by Voice Actor Bret Iwan

$5 members | $8 non-members
Sat, Mar 20 | 1pm PT
Zoom Webinar

As a former Disney Channel sitcom actress, a current voice talent for Star Wars and Sofia the First projects, and now, as the designer behind a sci-fi/fantasy-inspired fashion company for women, Her Universe, Ashley Eckstein has made a name for herself across the Disney landscape in a unique way. Moderated by the voice of Mickey Mouse, Bret Iwan, join us as Eckstein discusses the secrets to her success, what motivated her to create Her Universe, and how she transitioned from acting to creating her own successful fashion line.


Registration for this program will open to the public starting Wednesday, March 3 at noon.

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Q&A and Requirements

Questions can be submitted during the webinar through Zoom's Q&A function. Due to anticipated demand and limited Q&A time, not all submitted questions will be answered.

All participants must sign up here by noon PT on Friday, March 19. Participants must have a Zoom account to attend the webinar. A link to the webinar and instructions for joining will be sent via email prior to the event.

Attendees may purchase Eckstein’s books I Am a Padawan and It’s Your Universe, You Have the Power to Make It Happen from our webstore. All copies will come with a signed bookplate from the author. Attendees are also encouraged to register to attend Eckstein’s Virtual Storytime, Star Wars: I Am a Padawan at 11am PT.

About the Speakers

Ashley Eckstein

Ashley Eckstein has been widely recognized and honored as an actress, entrepreneur, author, and Fangirl trendsetter. Most known as the voice of Ahsoka Tano in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Eckstein also founded Her Universe in 2010—the groundbreaking fangirl fashion and lifestyle brand. A leading authority on female fandom, Eckstein has been featured on CNN, ForbesEntertainment Weekly, New York TimesLos Angeles Times, and the Wall Street Journal, among many others. She was a speaker at Fortune's Next Gen Most Powerful Women Summit, and was chosen by Good Housekeeping magazine as one of their “25 Awesome Women” and by CNET as one of their “Women Who Inspire.” Eckstein is married to former Major League Baseball player and 2006 World Series MVP, David Eckstein.

Ashley Eckstein’s book, It’s Your Universe, You Have the Power to Make It Happen, is an inspirational guide on how to make your dreams come true. She shares her own life lessons as well as lessons from iconic Disney characters, as a roadmap for how to dream it and do it.

Bret Iwan

Bret Iwan

Bret Iwan has loved the legacy and story behind Walt Disney for as long as he can remember, but he never dreamt life would take him to where it has: voicing and carrying on the legacy of Walt’s most iconic character. After graduating high school in 2000, Iwan decided to pursue his love of art and animation. Iwan earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Ringling College of Art and Design in 2004 and then moved to Kansas City, where he began his career at Hallmark Greeting Cards. Just before Iwan’s fifth anniversary with Hallmark, he received an email from a college friend—and Pixar animator—which outlined the auditions that were being held to select an understudy for the voice of Mickey Mouse. Realizing this was the chance of a lifetime, Iwan didn’t hesitate to submit his audition after a little practice. Weeks later, he received a call that would set things into motion, and, finally, after several auditions, Iwan was offered his dream job as the fourth official voice of the beloved character, Mickey Mouse, who was first voiced by Walt Disney in 1928. Iwan moved to Los Angeles in September of 2009 to start the next chapter of his creative career.

His first recording was in June of 2009, and, since then, he has gone on to record for Disney Parks, video games, toys, promotional material, game shows, live shows, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (2006–16), and Mickey and the Roadster Racers (2017–19) television series. The opportunities presented by the role continue to surprise him, and he looks forward to “fillin’ in for the boss” far into the future. Iwan resides in Los Angeles, California.

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