Filmmaker, Miss Representation & The Mask You Live In
Jennifer Siebel Newsom is a filmmaker, CEO, advocate, and thought leader. After graduating with honors from Stanford University and Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, she wrote, directed, and produced the 2011 award-winning documentary Miss Representation. As a result of Miss Representation’s powerful impact, she launched The Representation Project, a nonprofit organization that uses film and media as a catalyst for cultural transformation. Read More >
The Mask You Live In - Trailer
Gender Stereotypes Are Taught From Birth
On Female Representation in the Media
The Mask We Live In: Jennifer Siebel Newsom's Advice to Change Boys' Narratives
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.
"It went great! She was on-point, engaging, and very friendly before and after, with our Board members and guests."
"Our event was very well received and attained the largest attendance by Peninsula League in our 80 years of fundraising! Jennifer was very gracious and her presentation was complimented with “powerful,” “passionate,” “compelling” and “forthright” adjectives! Our beneficiary charity and its CEO were so touched by the event."
"The audience was empowered by Jennifer’s film, which has become a call to action for those in attendance. We cannot thank Jennifer enough for sharing her message and opening our eyes. We live her message on a daily basis!"
"After a screening of the powerful film Miss Representation, it was wonderful to hear from the woman who had the vision and dedication to make the film itself. Miss Representation took on even more meaning after hearing Jennifer’s stories behind the film—what inspired her, the “making of,” and the impact of the American media in her own life."
"Our CEO for Planned Parenthood pronounced the luncheon “perfect.” As I said in my introduction of you, I feel you are one of the nicest people I have ever met. The people present at our dinner the night before the luncheon felt blessed to have spent time getting to know you. Whether you were speaking or listening, you did so with such care and grace. Thank you for your contribution to our cause."