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'Miss Representation’ director to keynote Summit

Wednesday, July 31, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Barbara Francella
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Jennifer Siebel Newsom, director of the award-winning documentary "Miss Representation,” will be the closing keynote speaker at the Network of Executive Women’s NEW Leadership Summit, Oct. 21-23, 2013. More than 900 executives and emerging leaders from the retail and consumer goods industry are expected to attend the three-day Summit at the Westin Bonaventure in downtown Los Angeles.

Newsom, a former actress and advocate for women and girls, has been heralded by Newsweek Daily Beast as one of "150 Women Who Shake the World” and has been included in "The League of Extraordinary Women” by Fast Company magazine. The overwhelming response to "Miss Representation” inspired Newsom to launch, a social action campaign that aims to shift people’s consciousness and inspire community action so that all people, regardless of gender, may fulfill their potential.

"Jennifer is a leader in the strategic dialogue on the role of women and girls in the media,” said NEW Summit 2013 Conference Designer Jeffery Tobias Halter, president of YWomen. "While this is a provocative topic, I believe our attendees will be very interested in her message as they address their own role in changing attitudes in the workplace and how women are viewed in their own companies.”

While women have made great strides in leadership over the past few decades, the United States is still 90th in the world for women in national legislatures, noted NEW Vice President of Learning and Advisory Services Kathy Bayert. "By interviewing politicians, journalists, entertainers, activists and academics and presenting startling facts and statistics, Newsom has pulled back the curtain on the detrimental messages shaping the future of our girls and opportunities for women.”

Newsom’s advocacy started with Conservation International, where she worked with women in third-world countries to help develop micro-enterprise opportunities. In the United States, she founded Girls Club Entertainment to produce content that educates and inspires action. She recently served as executive producer of the Sundance award-winning documentary "The Invisible War,” which investigates the epidemic of rape in the U.S. military. Newsom graduated with honors from Stanford University and Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. She is married to California’s Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom.

Summit agenda

The NEW Summit also features Brian Cornell, chief executive officer of PepsiCo Americas Foods, who will discuss the strategic importance of women’s leadership, and former State Department official Anne-Marie Slaughter, who launched a global debate on work/life balance and expectations with her 2012 article "Why Women Still Can’t Have It All" in The Atlantic.

The NEW Leadership Summit offers three workshop tracks designed for emerging leaders, mid-level leaders and senior executives; a bonus NEW Leadership Academy session; and special networking events, including the NEW Celebrating Excellence awards gala and banquet, the annual Summit Luncheon, plus breakfast and refreshment breaks.

NEW members are invited to register for the event at the early bird rate of $795, a $100 savings. To become a Network member, contact your company's NEW Ambassador or join now as an individual member for $200 and enjoy 12 months of NEW benefits, including invitations to national conferences and full access to the Network’s learning and online networking and collaboration tools.

NEW Summit 2013 registration

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