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Jennifer Siebel Newsom

Filmmaker, Miss Representation & The Mask You Live In
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Biography

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 documentaryMiss 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.

Her second film as a director,The Mask You Live In, had its world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and explores how America’s narrow definition of masculinity is harming boys, men, and society at large. She also executive produced the Emmy Award-Winning and Academy Award-Nominated documentary The Invisible War, and is an executive producer on the documentaryThe Hunting Ground.

She is currently in production on her third film,The Great American Dream. When she is not running The Representation Project and making documentaries, she has served as a Global Advisory Board member of the Dove Self Esteem Project, co-chair of We Day California, a commissioner on the Girl Scouts’ Healthy Media Commission, and is on the Advisory Council for the Imagine Kids Bus Project. She resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, and their four young children.

Committed to empowering individuals and communities to realize their full potential, Newsom addresses the current climate of American media, its harmful effects our culture at large, and the impact of media and culture 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; being married to the former Mayor of San Francisco and now the Lieutenant Governor of California; and raising her daughters and sons in the rising media landscape of infotainment, reality television and 24/7 news cycles; and running and founding her own nonprofit; Newsom awakens audiences to a complete and startling picture of the dire consequences of misrepresentations of women and men in media. Newsom inspires people of all genders 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.

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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.

Redefining Leadership

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.

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