Michealene Cristini Risley papers
The Michealene Cristini Risley papers have been arranged into two series. The physical materials are housed in one document box and one audiovisual media box.
- 1992 - 2009
- Risley, Michealene Cristini (Person)
Conditions Governing Use
0.75 Linear Feet (1 document box, 1 a/v box)
2.1 Gigabytes (Digital files accessible on-site.)
Risley worked in the consumer products and entertainment industry for several years before joining Sega of America in 1993, where she built the consumer products and entertainment division. There, Risley established the Sega Girls Task Force to address gender representation in games and animation. She also led the division in turning the video game character Sonic the Hedgehog into a billion-dollar brand and working on licensing real-life athletes and sports teams for video game use.
Risley later founded and ran the non-profit organization Freshwater Haven to bring to market publications and media to raise awareness of global issues. Notably, she wrote, produced, and directed the 2002 short film Flashcards, an award-winning film on sexual abuse. Risley also co-wrote, produced, and directed the feature-length 2009 documentary Tapestries of Hope, which followed Zimbabwean activist Betty Makoni and her efforts to help sexually abused young women through the Child Girl Network. In 2007, Risley co-authored the book This Is Not the Life I Ordered: 50 Ways to Keep Your Head Above Water When Life Keeps Dragging You Down; the book was revised and updated in 2019.
Risley continues to be involved in human rights activism, as well as public speaking.
System of Arrangement
Series I: Sega of America, 1992-1996 and n.d.
Series II: Freshwater Haven, 2002, 2009
- Finding Aid to the Michealene Cristini Risley Papers, 1992-2009
- Julia Novakovic
- 16 September 2022
- Description rules
- Language of description
Part of the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play at The Strong Repository
One Manhattan Square
Rochester NY 14607 USA