Women and Girls Lead, Front and Center in NYC

Posted on October 6, 2011

The multi-year public media initiative anchored several high-profile events in New York last month with actor Geena Davis and other key members of the Women and Girls Lead team.


The campaign made a big splash in Manhattan on Tuesday, September 21st with a panel at Mashable's Social Good Conference at the 92nd Street Y, entitled: Women and Girls Lead: Where Storytelling, Gaming, and Public Media Converge. (NOTE: You can watch the entire panel in the video below...)


The panel was moderated by Aaron Sherinian, VP of Communications at the UN Foundation, and included: Geena Davis (Academy Award winner and advocate), Paula Kerger (president and CEO of PBS), Abigail Disney (executive producer of Women, War & Peace), and Asi Burak (co-founder of Games for Change).

In addition to presenting before a packed auditorium, the panel was live streamed for Mashable's Digital Media Lounge, where reporters were able to take an intimate first look at the Women and Girls Lead campaign. The event was also live-blogged on our own BTB — with quotes being provided to the press and twitter in real-time. Then, on Friday, September 23 — ITVS helped produce the First Symposium on Gender in Media at the Scandinavia House in NYC.

More than one hundred distinguished guests attended the event to hear opening remarks from award winning actor Geena Davis; Patricia Harrison, president & CEO of CPB; and Amir Dossal, CEO of Global Partnerships Forum. The event included two panels on gender in media: 

Global Television Panel Moderated by Dr. Dafna Lemish, Professor, Southern Illinois University • Karen Barnes, SVP Programming & Development, HIT • Dr. Maya Goetz, Head of IZI, Bavarian Broadcasting Corporation • Myung Kang-Huneke, Chief of Staff & General Counsel, Sesame Workshop • Diana Manson, EVP, Creative & Content Development, Chorion 

Global Filmmaker Panel Moderated by Orlando Bagwell, FORD Foundation • Maro Chermayeff, Executive Producer, Half the Sky • Ramona Diaz, Filmmaker, The Learning • Abigail Disney, Filmmaker, Women, War & Peace • Maria Hinojosa, Journalist, NPR & PBS • Dr. Stacy Smith, Associate Professor, USC School of Communications & Journalism 

Keep up with ITVS for more news and updates on the Women and Girls Lead campaign. Plus, be sure and contribute to the ongoing conversation on Facebook.


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