Women & Girls in the Media: If You Can See It, You Can Be It
Keynote speaker Jennifer Siebel Newsom is committed to empowering women and girls to realize their full potential. In her keynote presentation, Newsom addresses the current climate of American media, its harmful effects on young women and girls and our culture at large, and the impact on women's representation in leadership positions. By weaving stories from her diverse experiences - writing, directing, and producing Miss Representation, making her way as an actress and producer in Hollywood, marrying the Mayor of San Francisco, and raising her daughter and son in the rising media landscape of infotainment, reality television and 24/7 news cycles, all while trying to juggle her own career and support her spouse's - Newsom awakens audiences to a complete and startling picture of the dire consequences of misrepresentations of women in media. However, not to be left in despair, Newsom inspires women, girls, boys and men alike to take action, and reminds us all of the power of one individual having the courage to use his or her voice to effect change.
As the mother of two young children, a documentary filmmaker, CEO of an international nonprofit organization, and wife of a politician, Jennifer Siebel Newsom's day-to-day challenges of maintaining a work-life balance is intensified in the public eye. Yet women all over the country can identify with Newsom's role as a modern-day working mom. Despite recent trends suggesting that men play a larger role in parenting than previous generations, women continue to bear more household and childcare responsibilities whether they have a career or not. This is not just a woman's problem - it's an issue that affects our families, communities, businesses, country, and the world. By presenting startling facts and statistics, Newsom makes the case that greater equality in the workplace is ultimately good for business and the economy. She continues to encourage companies to take a leadership role in reshaping the workforce to support women. Newsom reminds us all that we - women and men - are in the driver's seat to create roadmaps for success for future generations.