There is nothing that ignites change faster than women banding together toward a common goal. The 2016 MAKERS Conference, held February 1-3, 2016 at Terranea Resort in Southern California, gathered the world’s most impactful and innovative leaders to create a 36-hour action plan for women.
In case you haven’t subscribed to the MAKERS enewsletter, a little background. MAKERS has documented over 50 years of change and is the largest collection of women’s stories ever assembled with 100 million video views and growing.
MAKERS is about women breaking barriers, from the Hollywood screen to sports to technology to science to politics - around the world.
The MAKERS Conference was held to bring together female leaders within companies and organizations with key policy-makers to set an agenda for change. We need change because we are faced with a cultural crises that has women underrepresented (and underpaid) in leadership positions in every field and industry.
The voices included award-winning actress and producer America Ferrera, award-winning journalist and co-founder of Stand Up to Cancer Katie Couric, Academy Award Winning actress and Producer Halle Berry, Treasurer for the U.S. Rosie Rios, Marvel's director of content development and Ms. Marvel co-creator Sana Amanat, comedian and performer Bridget Everett, American soccer player and two-time Olympic gold medalist Abby Wambach, students from STEM education not-for-profit Black Girls Code and FDNY firefighter Regina Wilson.
Returning to the stage are activist and author Gloria Steinem, Facebook and Lean In’s Sheryl Sandberg, U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith and returning conference emcee, Re/Code's Kara Swisher.
The theme was #TheTimeIsNow. Because the time IS now for change.
“We can no longer just talk about the issues facing women today, we need to act,” said Dyllan McGee, MAKERS founder and executive producer. “Over 36 hours, we will profile a diverse group of women who are doing just that—from setting records on the playing fields to coding solutions to changing society, the time is now.”
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