Marisa won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as ‘Mona Lisa Vito’ in My Cousin Vinny, and was subsequently nominated for an Academy Award for her performances in In the Bedroom and The Wrestler. Marisa can currently be seen as ‘May’ in Marvel Studios’ blockbuster, Spiderman: Homecoming. She recently wrapped production on Blumhouse’s The First Purge and will next be seen in the critically acclaimed series, The Handmaid's Tale. Other notable film credits include The Big Short, Crazy Stupid Love, Trainwreck, Cyrus, Sidney Lumet’s Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, What Women Want, Slums of Beverly Hills, Welcome to Sarajevo, Unhook the Stars, Four Rooms, The Paper, Chaplin, and Loitering with Intent . A veteran of theater, she last starred in the world premiere of Sarah Ruhl’s How to Transcend a Happy Marriage at Lincoln Center Theatre as well as in Tennessee Williams’ The Rose Tattoo at Williamstown Theatre Festival. She has appeared on Broadway in The Realistic Joneses, Top Girl, The Realistic Joneses, Top Girls, and Salome, as well as in numerous other productions.
Welteroth is an award-winning journalist, media personality, and the former Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue. At the time of her hire, Welteroth was the youngest person and the second African-American ever to hold the Editor-in-Chief title in Condé Nast’s 107-year history. Under her leadership, Teen Vogue's coverage expanded to include feminist, social-justice, and political topics, alongside fashion, beauty, and entertainment news. In 2017, Welteroth also created and hosted the first-ever Teen Vogue Summit, which convened young women for a weekend of activism and empowerment, and included inspiring speakers such as Hillary Clinton and Ava DuVernay. Considered a leading expert, advocate and voice for the next generation, Welteroth has been profiled and featured in numerous media outlets including The New York Times, The Guardian, ABC News, and The Daily Show.
Pam Wasserstein is the CEO of New York Media, leading the premium content company on an ambitious expansion with brands including New York Magazine, Vulture, The Cut, and The Strategist. She previously worked at Tribeca Enterprises, most recently as vice-president, corporate development. Before that she worked at Apollo Global Management, the private equity firm, and as a corporate lawyer at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz LLP. She is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School.
Wade Davis is a former NFL player, public speaker, and corporate inclusion and cultural advisor on gender, race and equality. He consults for the NFL, NHL, and Google and advises Fortune 500 companies on building inclusive cultures.Wade launched initiatives with Planned Parenthood and the Ms. Foundation, and is a UN Women Global Champion for Innovation.Wade built a Men’s Gender Equality training to engage, educate and provide men with tools to be gender equality advocates and was a national surrogate for President Obama. Wade has taught at NYU and Rutgers, and received an honorary Doctor of Public Service from Northeastern University.
Amy Emmerich is the chief content officer at Refinery29, the leading digital lifestyle media company for women. She has more than 20 years of experience developing content and programming for brands including Refinery29, MTV Networks, Travel Channel, and Vice Media. An award-winning producer, she has a full spectrum of production and development experience across platforms, and is committed to creating a dialogue with a powerful generation of women around topics that matter.
Jurnee Smollett-Bell is an award-winning actress and activist of rare talent and conviction. Most recently, Jurnee was seen starring in the highly lauded WGN series Underground, which earned her two NAACP Image Award nominations for ‘Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series.’ Making her breakthrough performance at the age of 11 starring in Eve's Bayou, Jurnee won the Broadcast Film Critics Award for ‘Best Youth Performance.’ Other film credits include starring opposite Denzel Washington in The Great Debaters,” for which she won the NAACP Image Award for ‘Outstanding Lead Actress in a Motion Picture,’ Roll Bounce, and Gridiron Gang. Her select television accolades include co-starring in NBC’s award-winning series Friday Night Lights, HBO’s hit series True Blood, NBC’s Parenthood, and starring in the 2009 season finale of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy with a performance that received critical acclaim across the board.
Joanna Coles is Chief Content Officer of Hearst Magazines, overseeing content and editorial partnerships for 300 magazines globally. She also sits on the board of directors of Snap Inc and is the executive producer of ABC Freeform’s scripted drama, The Bold Type. In addition to her role with Hearst Magazines, Coles has recently published a book Love Rules with HarperCollins on relationships in the digital age. She lives in Manhattan and sits on the board of Women Entrepreneurs New York City, an initiative to expand female entrepreneurship, with a focus on underserved women and communities.
Ms. Goss Graves has served in numerous roles at the National Women’s Law Center for more than a decade and has a distinguished track record working across a broad set of issues central to women’s lives—including income security, health and reproductive rights, education access, and workplace justice. Ms. Goss Graves is currently overseeing the Center’s administration of the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund, which connects those who experience sexual misconduct including assault, harassment, abuse and related retaliation in the workplace or in trying to advance their careers with legal and public relations assistance.
Mira Sorvino can next be seen in the hit ABC series Modern Family in 2018 and in Audience Network’s series Condor, opposite Max Irons and Brendan Fraser. Prior to that, she was seen in Adam Marino’s Beneath the Leaves and also played pivotal roles in the drama series Intruders INTRUDERS for BBC America, as well as arcs on the series Stalker and Falling Skies. She won an Academy Award®, Golden Globe and several additional honors for her performance in Might Aphrodite. Her other credits include Trade of Innocents, Union Square, Human Trafficking, Reservation Road, Quiz Show, Summer of Sam, Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion, and Norma Jean and Marilyn. She is a Harvard graduate and an official ambassador for the United Nations on Human Trafficking. In that role, she has traveled the world on behalf of the UN and testified to Congress on human trafficking and atrocities occurring around the world from Mexico to Darfur to here in the United States.
Sienna Miller trained at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute and made her film debut in 2004. Early film credits include Layer Cake (2004,) Alfie (2004,) and Factory Girl (2006.) In 2008 she was nominated for a BAFTA rising star award which followed with a British Independent Film Award nomination for The Edge of Love (2008.) Further film credits include American Sniper (2014), The Lost City of Z (2016), Live By Night (2016), Foxcatcher (2014), High Rise (2015, BIFA nomination) Burnt (2015,) The Girl (2012, Golden Globe, BAFTA, Critics Choice nominations) Interview (2007, Independent Spirit Award nomination, Critics Circle Nomination) Mississippi Grind (2015), and Stardust (2007). Her upcoming projects include The Catcher Was a Spy (2018) and The Burning Woman (2018.) On stage, Sienna has appeared in the 2015 Broadway production of Cabaret, After Miss Julie on Broadway, Flare Path at London’s Haymarket Theatre, As you Like It at The Wyndham's and most recently an Old Vic production of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at the Apollo Theatre. Outside of her acting career, Sienna serves as Global Ambassador for the International Medical Corps.
Ashley Judd is a feminist social justice humanitarian. She serves as Global Goodwill Ambassador for UNFPA, as the Global Ambassador for Population Services International and Polaris Project, and is on the Advisory Boards of ICRW, Apne Aap Worldwide, and Demand Abolition. She is Chairperson of the Women’s Media Center Speech Project: Curbing Abuse, Expanding Freedom. Ashley is a sought after public speaker and widely published bestselling author who frequently serves as an expert panelist at international conferences. An accomplished actress both on film and stage, Ashley has been nominated for several Golden Globe and Emmy awards.
Roberta (Robbie) Kaplan, founding partner of Kaplan & Company, LLP, represented Edith Windsor in the landmark case of United States v. Windsor. Robbie is one of the co-founders of the #TimesUp Legal Defense Fund and is currently representing Melanie Kohler, a woman who Hollywood producer, Brett Ratner, sued for defamation after she shared her #MeToo story. Robbie's firm is also currently suing more than two dozen Neo-Nazis and white supremacists who coordinated the violence that took place in Charlottesville, VA in August 2017.
Sasheer Zamata is a comedian, actress and writer based in NYC. She was a cast member on Saturday Night Live for four seasons and has appeared on This American Life, Transparent, People of Earth, Bojack Horseman, At Home with Amy Sedaris and Inside Amy Schumer. She's in the films I Feel Pretty, The Weekend, The Outdoorsman, Yoga Hosers, Sleight, and Deidra & Laney Rob a Train. She serves as ACLU's Celebrity Ambassador for Women's Rights, and you can watch her standup special Pizza Mind on Amazon and listen to it on iTunes and Spotify.
Jennifer Fox is an internationally acclaimed writer, director, and producer. Her groundbreaking films and series include Sundance Grand Prize Winner Beirut: The Last Home Movie, An American Love Story, Flying Confessions of a Free Woman, and Emmy nominated, My Reincarnation. Fox recently completed The Tale, which premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival to audience and critical acclaim and was unprecedentedly bought by HBO Films. Fox has executive produced numerous films including Love&Diane, On the Ropes, The Pathological Optimist and The Rest I Make Up. Her films have been shown in retrospectives around the world.
Amber Tamblyn is an Emmy, Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Award-nominated actress. She recently wrote and directed the feature film, Paint it Black. Her debut novel Any Man will be released this summer. Tamblyn is the author of three books of poetry and is a poet in residence at Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls. She also reviews books of poetry by women for Bust Magazine and is a contributing writer for The New York Times.
Cynthia Erivo is a Tony, Emmy, and Grammy Award-winning actress who earned critical acclaim with her West End and Broadway performances as “Celie” in The Color Purple. This fall, she will star in two major films for 20th Century Fox – Steve McQueen’s Windows opposite Viola Davis and Daniel Kaluuya, and as the female lead of Bad Times at the El Royale, directed by Drew Goddard, starring opposite Jeff Bridges and Chris Hemsworth. She recently wrapped the Lionsgate feature Chaos Walking for director Doug Liman alongside Daisy Ridley and David Oyelowo.
Nina Shaw is a founding partner in the entertainment law firm of Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein & Lezcano. Her practice is in the television, motion picture, and live stage area. A native New Yorker, Nina was born and raised in Harlem and The Bronx, educated in the New York City public school system and is a graduate of Barnard College and Columbia Law School. Nina has a long-standing commitment to the education of children and an advocate for the education of girls and women. Nina is among the founding organizers of Time’s Up.
Rachel Tuchman is an associate at Kaplan and Co LLP. She is the lead associate on a defamation lawsuit representing a woman sued by Brett Ratner, famed Hollywood producer, for speaking out and sharing her #MeToo story. Through this work, Rachel has been thrilled to help launch the Times Up Legal Defense Fund to help fund litigation supporting individuals speaking up about sexual harassment and gender misconduct. Rachel currently serves as co-chair of the Law and Policy Working Group for Time's Up New York.
Sofie Whitney is a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, and a survivor of the shooting on February 14th. She is one of the student members and organizers of the March for our Lives and #NeverAgain movements that started after the tragedy. She has made it her number one priority to advocate for gun safety and wants to encourage her generation and all others to stay active and vote.
Captain Danielle Herzlich is a graduate of Boston College, and received a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Theology. Upon graduation, she commissioned as an Adjutant General Corp Officer in the United States Army in 2011. She currently serves as the Victim Advocate for New Jersey’s National Guard Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program. Danielle and her husband Mark Herzlich (NFL New York Giants Linebacker), serve on the National Board of Directors of the Joyful Heart Foundation and A Call To Men, both organizations devote their efforts to ending domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse. Together, Danielle and Mark travel around the country speaking at schools, fortune 500 companies, churches, and military installations, on healthy relationships and redefining healthy masculinity. Danielle currently resides in New Jersey with her husband, and their 2 English bulldogs. They are expecting their first child in May 2018.
Colleen DeCourcy, Chief Creative Officer, Wieden+Kennedy As Chief Creative Officer, Colleen leads the eight-office global network of W+K, alongside her partner and co-CCO Susan Hoffman, COO Neil Christie, and President Dave Luhr. For more than three decades, the fiercely independent shop has been telling beautiful, provocative stories and setting the bar for creativity. Colleen is leading the vision for the agency's future, where one avenue of evolution and growth will be defined by a deeper, more extensive set of creative chops. In May of 2017, Colleen was named one of Fast Company's 100 most creative people in business, a testament to her creative commitment in leadership.
Eleven years in Hospitality industry. She has worked as a server, bartende, chef. Roc Member Leader who is spreading awareness to others about the adversity that’s many woman of color face in the Industry.
Julia Rybak is the Director of Organizing at the Hotel Trades Council, the union representing over 35,000 hotel, restaurant and gaming workers in New York State and Northern New Jersey. Julia joined HTC in 2008 to help build the union’s political power through membership training and mobilization. Since then, HTC has become one of the most politically powerful unions in New York. An accomplished organizer, Julia has taken members out on strike, and organized numerous non-union hotels and casinos both through card check neutrality and NLRB elections, and worked on contract negotiations. Julia is proud to work for HTC, a vibrant and militant union made up of people from across the world. Julia is particularly proud that HTC’s contracts, which are the strongest in the world for hotel workers, empower women, people of colour and immigrant members and protect them in their workplace with groundbreaking contractual language such as ‘panic buttons.’ Originally from Minnesota, prior to joining HTC Julia worked as a community organizer for TakeAction Minnesota and Home Line, a tenant advocacy organization. When she is not organizing, she can be found at Pat Hall’s Afro-Caribbean dance class.
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka is United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women. Currently in her second term, she was sworn into office in 2013 and brings a wealth of experience and expertise to this position, having devoted her career to issues of human rights, equality and social justice. Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka has worked in government and civil society, and with the private sector, and was actively involved in the struggle to end apartheid in her home country of South Africa. From 2005 to 2008, Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka served as Deputy President of South Africa. A longtime champion of women’s rights, she is affiliated with several organizations devoted to education, women’s empowerment and gender equality.
Robin Morgan has published over 20 award-winning poetry, fiction, and nonfiction works, including the classic Sisterhood anthologies. Her latest poetry book, Dark Matter, is newly out. An architect of U.S. feminism, activist in global women’s rights for decades, and former Editor of Ms., she co-founded The Sisterhood Is Global Institute with Simone de Beauvoir and The Women’s Media Center with Jane Fonda and Gloria Steinem. She hosts the podcast "WMC Live with Robin Morgan." www.RobinMorgan.net
Jess Morales Rocketto is the Political Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance and the Chair of We Belong Together, the feminist campaign for immigration reform. She has spent her career as a community organizer and campaigner, including playing a major role in organizing nationwide protests around the Muslim Travel Ban, leading the pioneering digital organizing program at Hillary for America and making change with the AFL-CIO, Rebuild the Dream, Obama for America, Organizing for America, the Democratic National Committee, the New Organizing Institute and the student movement to end genocide. She is a Latinx who grew up in CA.
Saru Jayaraman is the Co-Founder and President of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United) and Director of the Food Labor Research Center at University of California, Berkeley. After 9/11, together with displaced World Trade Center workers, she co-founded ROC, which now has more than 30,000 worker members, 500 employer partners, and 23,000 consumer members in a dozen states nationwide. Saru is a graduate of Yale Law School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She was listed in CNN’s “Top10 Visionary Women” and recognized as a Champion of Change by the White House in 2014, and a James Beard Foundation Leadership Award in 2015. Saru authored Behind the Kitchen Door (Cornell University Press, 2013), a national bestseller, and most recently Forked: A New Standard for American Dining (Oxford University Press, 2016).
Sebastian Tomich was named global head of Advertising and Marketing Solutions at The New York Times in November 2017. In this role, he guides the strategy and revenue generation of the entire advertising team across media, partnerships and services, including T Brand Studio, ad innovation, marketing solutions and sales. Previously, Tomich was senior vice president of Advertising and Innovation, starting in April 2015. In that role he led The Times’s branded content business and studio, overseeing Hello Society and Fake Love—the two agencies the Times Company acquired in 2016—and steered the company’s advertising innovation efforts. In 2017 he was named an Ad Age “40 Under 40” and in 2014 he was named to Ad Age’s “Creative 50.”
Whoopi Goldberg is one of a very elite group of artists who have won the Grammy, the Academy Award, the Golden Globe, the Emmy and a Tony. She is also a prolific producer and is well-known around the world for her many humanitarian endeavors. Born and raised in New York City, she performed in San Diego and the Bay Area with the Blake Street Hawkeyes theatre troupe. It was there that she created the characters which became The Spook Show and evolved into her hit Broadway show, Grammy Award-winning album and the HBO special that helped launch her career.
Julianne Moore is an Academy Award and Emmy winning actor, and the first American woman to be awarded top acting prizes at the Cannes, Berlin, and Venice film festivals. Julianne also is a NY-Times bestselling author, for her children’s book series Freckleface Strawberry. She is on the Advisory Council of The Children's Health Fund, a supporter of the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance, and in 2015, became founding chair of the Everytown for Gun Safety Creative Council, a creative community established to help amplify the movement to end gun violence in America. Julianne can next be seen in In Bel Canto (2018) and Gloria (2018).
Amani Al-Khatahtbeh is one of the most visible Muslim faces in America as the founder and editor-in-chief of Muslimgirl.com. In addition, she is an MTV host, Youtube Creator for Change ambassador, and Forbes columnist. Amani created and starred in Teen Vogue and MuslimGirl.com’s collaborative #AskAMuslimGirl webseries, which won a Webby Award in 2017, and starred in the 2017 Emmy-nominated production The Secret Life of Muslims Her first book, Muslim Girl: A Coming of Age, was published with Simon & Schuster in October 2016 and selected as an Editor’s Pick on The New York Times Bestsellers List.
Agunda Okeyo is a writer, producer, organizer, and activist born in Nairobi and raised between New York City and the Kenyan capital. She has called NYC home for more than 20 years and proudly considers herself a Pan-African New Yorker. A widely-published author, Okeyo understands and writes from a global perspective about race, gender, politics, culture, comedy, and more. Okeyo has been featured as a rising producer and activist in numerous publications, and is lauded for her ongoing production called Sisters of Comedy housed at Carolines on Broadway, which is the only and longest running black women centered showcase at any of the top comedy clubs in NYC.
Tarana has worked in social justice and Black arts and culture for more than 25 years. Her long and varied professional career started in Selma, AL where she worked with such organizations as the 21st century Youth Leadership Movement and the National Voting Rights Museum and Institute. Tarana is passionate about social justice and has made a lifelong commitment to serving the causes of people of color and marginalized groups with a particular focus on young women and girls. She has done organizing work from the Deep South to the east coast dealing with issues ranging from economic justice to police brutality. In 2003 she turned her focus to young women of color and co-founded Jandayi Aza, an African centered rites of Passage program for girls, which evolved into the creation of her non-profit Just Be, Inc., which has served hundreds of girls around the country through unique programming and workshops. Through the work of Just be, Tarana started the ‘me too.’ Movement, a campaign using the idea of “empowerment through empathy” to help young women of color who are survivors of sexual abuse, assault and exploitation.
Desiree Gruber is the Founder and CEO of Full Picture, a brand management, public relations, content production, and consulting services agency. She is also Co-creator and Executive Producer of the hit show Project Runway. Her latest endeavor, DGNL Ventures, an early-stage venture capital fund, is an extension of her entrepreneurial success. DGNL invests in startups that are smartly navigating the intersection of technology, lifestyle, and celebrity. Gruber approaches her philanthropic endeavors with the same passion that fuels her businesses, and serves on the Boards of the US Fund for UNICEF in New York, Tech:NYC, and God's Love We Deliver.
Sukhinder Singh Cassidy is a leading consumer internet and media executive with over 18 years of leadership experience at global and early stage companies including Google, Amazon, Yodlee, Polyvore, and Joyus. In June 2015, Sukhinder founded a new social enterprise platform – theBoardlist (http://www.theboardlist.com), a premium talent marketplace with over 3000 leading CEOs, senior executives and women leaders aimed at connecting highly endorsed female leaders with board opportunities in the U.S.and Canada. Sukhinder is currently a board director at Ericsson, Urban Outfitters, and TripAdvisor. She previously served on the board of J. Crew Group Inc. and as an advisor to Twitter.
Haifaa al-Mansour is the first female filmmaker in Saudi Arabia and is regarded as one of its most significant cinematic figures. She studied comparative literature at the American University in Cairo and completed a Master’s degree from the University of Sydney. The success of her 2005 documentary Women Without Shadows influenced a new wave of Saudi filmmakers and made the issue of opening cinemas in the Kingdom front-page news. Wadjda, al-Mansour’s feature debut, is the first feature film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia and the first by a female director. The film received wide critical acclaim after its premiere at the 2012 Venice Film Festival. She is currently working on post-production on her latest film, Nappily Ever After, starring Sanaa Lathan. Her film Mary Shelley starring Elle Fanning and Douglas Booth will also come out later this year. Al-Mansour is the first artist from the Arabian Gulf region to be invited to join the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Science.