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WHO WE ARE

Women in Entertainment (501c3) launched in 2015 to bring together forward-thinkers from all areas of the entertainment industry to explore a variety of topics that greatly impact women: from human rights and women’s leadership, to storytelling across platforms and empowering the next generation of women to emerge as creative powerhouses.

Women in Entertainment (501c3) launched in 2015 to bring together forward-thinkers from all areas of the entertainment industry to explore a variety of topics that greatly impact women: from human rights and women’s leadership, to storytelling across platforms and empowering the next generation of women to emerge as creative powerhouses.

OUR HISTORY

Women in Entertainment is a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization founded in 2015 by Renee Rossi and Gretchen McCourt. Incubated as a program at ArcLight Cinemas, the co-founders saw incredible growth in the first year and quickly developed the program as its own nonprofit organization to reach women across the country working in and aspiring to work in the entertainment industry. 

 

In the past five years, we have launched an annual summit, a film screening and Q&A series, networking evenings, mentorship programs, our WIE Network, and a series of workshops to provide women the tools to succeed.

OUR MISSION

Our programming is designed to spark a broader, more transparent dialogue that focuses on current and emerging topics with analysis and depth that has not yet been explored by a dedicated program.

Together, we seek to find creative answers to the challenges facing women in the entertainment industry. WIE is a place of action, not accolades.

 

We believe that when one of us rises, we all rise.

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A SELECTION OF OUR PAST SPEAKERS

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CREATORS

Pictured -- Dee Rees, Screenwriter (Pariah, Bessie, Empire)

Ava DuVernay, Academy Award-nominated Director, Producer and Screenwriter (Selma, 13th, A Wrinkle in Time)

Patty Jenkins, Director (Wonder Woman)

Lauren Graham, Actress (Gilmore Girls, Parenthood)

Issa Rae, Creator and Actress (Insecure)

Krista Vernoff, Emmy Award-nominated Producer and Showrunner (Grey’s Anatomy)

Greta Gerwig, Actress and Screenwriter (Lady Bird)

Nancy Meyers, Director (It's Complicated, The Parent Trap) 

Gloria Calderón Kellett, Executive Producer and Co-Showrunner (One Day at a Time)

Mona May, Costume Designer (Clueless, Enchanted, Romy & Michele's High School Reunion)

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EXECUTIVES

Pictured -- Victoria Alonso, Marvel Studios EVP of Production and Executive Producer (Avengers: Endgame, Captain Marvel)

 

Jennifer Lee, Walt Disney Animation Studios Chief Creative Officer and Director (Frozen)

Karen Bailey and Susan Lewis, Senior Vice Presidents of Original Programming, STARZ

Erika Anderson, Regional Director, Slate 

Jo Sharon, Co-CEO of Magical Elves

 Julie McNamara, Executive VP of Original Content, CBS All-Access 

Maril Davis, Executive Producer of Outlander (STARZ) 

Paula Kaplan, EVP of Talent and Development, Viacom Digital Studios 

Jennifer Barrett, Head of Entertainment, Creative Shop at Facebook

Ty Stiklorius, Founder of Friends at Work, Producer (La La Land) 

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LEADERS

Pictured -- Geena Davis, Actor and Founder of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media

Gabrielle Carteris, President of SAG-AFTRA

 

Tatiana Lee, Hollywood Inclusionist at RespectAbility and Founder/Editor of Accessible Hollywood

Dawn Chmielewski, Senior Editor of Media, Entertainment, and Tech, Forbes

Maria Burton, Director and DGA Women's Steering Committee Co-Chair 

Joy Press, writer for Vanity Fair and Author of Stealing the Show: How Women are Revolutionizing Television

Jamele Hill, Journalist at The Atlantic, Host of Jemele Hill is Unbothered podcast

Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO, GLAAD 

Kirsten Schaffer, President of Women in Film 

Ellen McGirt, Senior Editor at Fortune Magazine, co-chair The CEO Initiative

CONTACT US

Submit a speaker:

Stephanie Duffy, Program Director 

Stephanie@womeninentertainment.com

General questions: 

info@womeninentertainment.com