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Geena Davis to close NEW Executive Leaders Forum

Wednesday, January 16, 2013  
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Oscar-winning actress and women’s advocate Geena Davis will be the closing keynote speaker at the NEW Executive Leaders Forum 2013, July 23-25, 2013 at the Terranea Resort outside Los Angeles. More than 250 senior-level leaders from the consumer products and retail industry are expected to attend the by-invitation, three-day event, which is themed "Bold & Authentic Leadership.”

Davis founded the nonprofit Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media in 2004. The Institute is a research-based organization working to reduce stereotyping and broaden female characters in children's entertainment. Its programming arm, See Jane, spotlights gender inequalities through research, education, training, strategic guidance and advocacy programs.

"I felt, as a mother, kids should be seeing boys and girls sharing the sandbox equally,” Davis said in a recent interview. "There are so few female characters that have positions of authority that are playing the important politicians, business leaders, law partners. That's what we want to work on, because if kids don't see it, they're not going to think of wanting to become that when they grow up.”

In 1989, Davis received the Academy Award for best supporting actress for her role as the offbeat dog trainer Muriel Pritchett in Lawrence Kasdan's "The Accidental Tourist.” She was again nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for her performance as Thelma in Ridley Scott's "Thelma and Louise,” in which she co-starred with Susan Sarandon. She also received a Golden Globe nomination for best actress for her portrayal of baseball phenomenon Dottie Hinson in "A League of Their Own.” 

The activist is a former trustee of the Women's Sports Foundation, serves on the Board of the White House Project, is an appointee to the California Commission on the Status of Women and is an official partner of UN Women in its effort to change the way media represents women and girls worldwide.

To receive your special invitation to the seventh annual NEW Forum, please contact your Network Ambassador. Register before Friday, May 17, 2013 and save $500 off the regular rate of $2,950. The registration deadline is Friday, June 28, 2013.

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