Judges

 
 
 
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Amanda de Cadenet

Amanda de Cadenet is a creative force with a lifelong career in the media. She began as a British television host at the young age of 15, became a sought-after photographer in her early teens and as a result, her impressive photography career already spans nearly 20 years. She is the youngest woman to shoot a Vogue magazine cover and has photographed many of the most influential figures in
popular and political culture.

As a media entrepreneur, de Cadenet is the creator of The Conversation, an interview series that showcases her in-depth interviews on real topics with celebrated women. Whether it’s conversations with Lady Gaga, Sarah Silverman, Zoe Saldana, Chelsea Handler, Gwyneth Paltrow or discussions with devoted followers of her social channels, de Cadenet consistently delivers an honest and authentic voice through The Conversation. The series has been shown on cable and network TV in 18 countries as well as featured online, with over 10 million viewers. In January 2016, de Cadenet conducted an exclusive one-on-one interview with Presidential Candidate Secretary Clinton. 

In February 2016, de Cadenet launched #Girlgaze, a digital media company utilizing user submitted content, highlighting the work of Female Gen Z photographers and directors. Girlgaze is dedicated to closing the gender gap by creating  visibility and tangible jobs for girls behind the lens. With over one million submissions and counting, #Girlgaze has expanded into original content, IRL events and EComm.

 
 
 
 
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Amandla Stenberg

Amandla Stenberg first gained recognition for her role as Rue in Lionsgate’s THE HUNGER GAMES. After the success of the film, Amandla earned a Teen Choice Award in 2012 with Jennifer Lawrence for Film – Choice Chemistry. She was also nominated for an NAACP Image Award and a Black Reel Award in 2013 for her performance as Rue. In January 2016, Amandla appeared in the independent film AS YOU ARE, which premiered at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival in the U.S. Dramatic Competition. AS YOU ARE went on to win the Special Jury Award for the 2016 Festival, and the film was released in February 2017. She can next be seen in MGM’s EVERYTHING (May 19), which is the screen adaptation of Nicola Yoon’s young-adult romance novel of the same title. Amandla is currently in production on Fox’s sci-fi thriller THE DARKEST MINDS set for release in 2018. She also recently completed production on Amma Asante’s World War II drama WHERE HANDS TOUCH. In addition to acting, Amandla has been globally praised for her crusade towards improving society and sparking thoughtful conversation, using social media as a platform to spread social awareness and knowledge. She has shared personal essays on topics such as cultural appropriation, intersectional feminism, biracial identity, gender identity and beauty standards, to name a few. For her wisdom, Amandla was named one of TIME Magazine’s 2015 + 2016 Most Influential Teens and named 2015’s Feminist Celebrity of the Year by the Ms. Foundation for Women. In February 2016 Amandla was awarded with the "Young, Gifted & Black" Award at the annual Black Girls Rock! televised awards ceremony on BET. She also was awarded with the "YoungStar Award" at the 2016 BET Awards.

 
 
 
 
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Bela Bajaria

Bela Bajaria was named Vice President of Content Acquisition at Netflix in November of 2016, overseeing the Unscripted Department and Content Acquisition for the Major Studios and Co-licensing. Previously, Bela was President of Universal Television, having shepherded creative programming for the studio since August 2011, producing hit primetime series across numerous networks, including “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," "The Mindy Project," "Bates Motel," "Grimm," and "Chicago Fire.”

Earlier, Bela held two key posts simultaneously: Senior Vice President, Cable Programming for CBS TV Studios and Senior Vice President of Movies and Miniseries for the CBS network. Bela simultaneously oversaw the CBS Sunday Night Movie -- the #1 TV movie franchise for over 10 years.  

In September 2013, Bela was elected President of the industry organization Hollywood Radio & Television Society for a two-year term. She is involved in a variety of philanthropic endeavors, including SAHARA, a non-profit organization that serves victims of domestic violence. Bela has been honored by the I Have a Dream Foundation of LA, The March of Dimes Foundation, and was given the Industry Leadership Award from the Indian Film Festival of LA. Additionally, she is an executive board member of the Television Academy and serves on the board of Los Angeles’ Saban Community Clinic. 

Bela resides in Los Angeles with her husband and three children.

 
 
 
 
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Chloë Grace Moretz

CHLOË MORETZ first made her mark in the breakout role of ‘Hit-Girl’ in Matthew Vaughn’s KICK-ASS. She followed that performance starring in Matt Reeves’ remake of LET ME IN, which was one of the most critically acclaimed films of 2010. Her performances landed her on TIME Magazine’s prestigious Top 10 Performances of the Year list, as well as the New York Times best performances of 2010 list. In 2014, Chloë made her stage debut in the lead role of Scott Burns' play THE LIBRARY, which was directed by Steven Soderbergh for the Public Theater in NY. She recently wrapped shooting a starring role opposite Dakota Johnson and Tilda Swinton in Luca Guadagnino’s film, SUSPIRIA.

Her other film credits include the hit teen drama, IF I STAY, Martin Scorsese’s Academy Award winning HUGO, Tim Burton’s DARK SHADOWS, CARRIE, THE CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA and a starring role opposite Denzel Washington in THE EQUALIZER. She can next be seen in BRAIN ON FIRE and NOVEMBER CRIMINALS in the fall. She recently wrapped filming of THE MISEDUCATION OF CAMERON POST.

 
 
 
 
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Cindi Leive

Cindi Leive is the editor-in-chief of Glamour magazine and glamour.com, which together reach one out of every eight American women, with 10 million print readers and 15 million unique users online. Under her stewardship, the magazine has launched a monthly digital edition, popular special editions, apps, and books—including two New York Times best-sellers; Lipstick.com, Glamour’s stand-alone beauty site and Condé Nast’s first-ever digital spin-off; a digital video network featuring original programming inspired by Glamour in partnership with Condé Nast Entertainment; and The Girl Project, a global philanthropic initiative. 

 
 
 
 
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Crystal Moselle

Crystal Moselle is a New York based filmmaker best known for her Sundance Grand Jury Prize award winning documentary, THE WOLFPACK. Most recently, “That One Day,” her short film commissioned by Miu Miu, premiered to great acclaim at the Venice Biennale. Crystal is currently in pre-production on a feature-length adaptation. In the past she was a producer on the critically acclaimed documentary film, EXCAVATING TAYLOR MEADE. She has also worked on short-form storytelling for publications such as Vice and The New York Times, where she created a series called “Something Big, Something Small,” featuring talent such as Pharrell Williams and Shepard Fairey. Later collaborations with Pharrell included “Meet the Bae’s,” a series profiling the artist’s back up dancers. Crystal is also a regular contributor for “Nowness,” creating original work including the viral sensation “Shapeshifting,” featuring a pack of 14-year-old ballerinas.

 
 
 
 
Dawn Ostroff

Dawn Ostroff

Dawn Ostroff is president of Condé Nast Entertainment (CNÉ), an award-winning next generation studio producing projects across film, television, premium digital video and virtual reality based on Condé Nast’s iconic brands.

Since its founding in 2011, CNÉ has 25 active film projects, six unscripted television series in production and on the air, and multiple pilots sold to various television networks. CNÉ's digital video network was launched in 2013 and produces more than 5,000 videos annually. Over the last year, CNÉ garnered more than 4.3 billion video views, won its first Emmy Award, and received multiple Academy Award nominations for its short-form film digital content.  CNÉ also launched The Scene, the first platform dedicated to premium digital video for its channels. 

Prior to joining Condé Nast in the fall of 2011, Ostroff launched and led the new CW broadcast network, a joint venture of CBS and Warner Bros., beginning January 2006. From 2002 to 2006, Ostroff served as president of UPN Network, where she oversaw all areas of the network’s business—programming, digital, branding, marketing, sales, finance, research, legal and publicity, and more. Before UPN, Ostroff served as executive vice president of entertainment at Lifetime Television.

Earlier in her career, Ostroff held senior roles at 20th Century Fox Television, Michael Jacobs Productions (at Disney) and the Kushner-Locke Company. She began her career working at several local channels in news as an on-air reporter and a producer.

 
 
 
 
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Dee Rees

Writer/Director Dee Rees is an alumna of New York University’s graduate film program and a Sundance Screenwriting & Directing Lab Fellow. Her most recent film, MUDBOUND, starring Carey Mulligan and Mary J. Blige, is based on the book of the same title by Hillary Jordan and made its world premiere to high critical acclaim at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and will be released by Netflix.

Dee's Emmy-Award winning HBO film BESSIE (2015) starred Queen Latifah as the legendary American Blues singer and was nominated for a total of twelve Emmy Awards, including Dee’s individual nominations for Outstanding Writing and Outstanding Directing for A Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special. BESSIE was also nominated for four Critics’ Choice Awards, and Dee was the recipient of the 2016 Director’s Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television and Miniseries as well as the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Directing in a Television Movie.

Dee's debut feature film PARIAH, starring Adepero Oduye and Kim Wayans, premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival where it was honored with the festival’s U.S. Dramatic Competition Excellence in Cinematography Award and was later released by Focus Features. PARIAH went on to win numerous awards, including the John Cassavetes Award at the Independent Spirit Awards (2011), the Gotham Award for Best Breakthrough Director (2011), Outstanding Film–Limited Release at the GLAAD Media Awards (2012), and it received seven NAACP Image Award nominations, including Outstanding Motion Picture, Outstanding Directing and Outstanding Writing and won the award for Outstanding Independent Motion Picture. PARIAH also earned Dee a spot on The New York Times’ 10 Directors to Watch list in 2013.

Previously, Dee was selected as a 2008 Tribeca Institute/Renew Media Arts Fellow and appeared on Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film that same year.  She is a 2011 United States Artists Fellow, and her notable residencies include Yaddo and The MacDowell Colony.

Dee was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee and currently resides in New York.

 
 
 
 
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Ellen Kuras

Academy Award-nominated Ellen Kuras is a director/cinematographer whose eclectic, visionary work has made a mark in the studio and independent worlds of narrative, documentary, music films and commercials. Her awards and nominations include the Emmy awards, the Independent Spirit Awards, the Eastman Kodak Focus Award, the Women in Film Kodak Vision Award, and a Gotham Award for her entire œuvre. She has won the Best Dramatic Cinematography award an unprecedented three-times at Sundance, and she was the first film technician to receive the NY Women In Film Muse Award.

Her directorial debut, which she also shot, wrote and produced, a documentary about a Laotian refugee family, “THE BETRAYAL/ NERAKHOON," was nominated for an Academy Award in 2009 and won the Primetime Emmy the following year.  

Well-known for her visually stunning work on ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND (2004), and BLOW (2001), as a cinematographer, Ellen has collaborated with directors such as Michael Gondry, Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee, Sam Mendes, Jim Jarmusch and Rebecca Miller. As a second unit director/cinematographer, she's worked with Steve Zaillian on HBO’s The Night Of and Martin Scosese on the pilot of Vinyl. 

Ellen has been honored in special artist retrospectives at the Wexner Center for the Arts and the Walker Center for the Arts in Minneapolis and has served as a grand jury member for various film festivals, including the Sundance Film Festival, the 63rd Berlin international film festival, the Belgrade Film Festival, the Woodstock Film Festival and Camerimage. 

In 2013, Ellen joined The Corner Shop, a commerical production company in Santa Monica, CA, where she has worked as a Director/DP on commericals for Macy’s, Diet Coke, Delta, Humana, Pzifer and Chobani.  

In 2016 she made her TV directorial debut on USA Network's FALLING WATER, followed by directing two episodes of the upcoming Netflix Original show OZARK with Jason Bateman. 

She has been a member of the Amercian Society of Cinematographers since 1999 and a member of the Academy since 1997.

 
 
 
 
Geena Davis

Geena Davis

Academy Award winner Geena Davis is one of Hollywood’s most respected actors, appearing in several roles that became cultural landmarks.

Davis was nominated for an Academy Award and Golden Globe for her performance in Ridley Scott’s Thelma and Louise in which she co-starred with Susan Sarandon. Davis went on to receive a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress for her portrayal of baseball phenomenon ‘Dottie Hinson’ in A League of Their Own.

Winning the 2006 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama, Davis broke ground in her portrayal of the first female President of the United States in ABC’s hit
show Commander in Chief. Davis received her Academy Award for Best Actress for her role as offbeat dog trainer, Muriel Pritchett, in Lawrence Kasdan’s The Accidental Tourist.

Davis made her feature film debut starring opposite Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie, and went on to star in such films as The Fly, Beetlejuice, The Long Kiss Goodnight, and Stuart Little.

Davis is the Founder and Chair of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, which engages film and television creators to dramatically increase the percentages of female characters — and reduce gender stereotyping — in media made for children 11 and under.

Also, Davis is co-founder and chair of the Bentonville Film Festival (BFF), launched in 2015 to champion women and diverse voices in media. BFF is the only film festival in the world to award guaranteed distribution to its winners.

Additionally, Davis has been appointed Special Envoy for Women and Girls in ICT for the UN’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

 
 
 
 
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Gia Coppola

Representing five generations of the family Coppola in the film industry, Gia Coppola is not only an accomplished filmmaker, she’s also a talented photographer. Born and raised in Los Angeles by her mother Jacqui Getty, Gia graduated from Bard College in 2009 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography. Her artistic tendency was to use the camera with personal style, casually documenting life within her field of vision. When asked to be in a video by a friend, she declined. The friend challenged her to make her own video instead, launching her into the ‘behind-the-camera action’ and following in the footsteps of her grandfather, her grandmother, her aunt Sofia Coppola and her uncle Roman Coppola. In 2014, Gia made her directorial film debut with “Palo Alto,” based on James Franco’s collection of short stories.

 
 
 
 
Inez van Lamsweerde

Inez van Lamsweerde

Inez van Lamsweerde, one half of the photography duo of Inez and Vinoodh (with her husband, Vinoodh Matadin), has a seemingly endless capacity to explore new visual territories. In the early 1990s they were among the first practitioners to show the possibilities of digital-imaging technology as a creative and meaningful medium. They developed a signature style of visual seduction paired with provocative narratives, which infused new ideas into photography.

Since the early 1990s, they have created groundbreaking editorials for such publications as American, French, Japanese and Italian Vogue, V Magazine, Visionaire, The New York Times Magazine, and W Magazine. Their innovative approach is also seen in campaigns and fashion films for houses including Balenciaga, Balmain, Calvin Klein, Chanel, Dior, Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Miu Miu, Valentino and Yohji Yamamoto. Inez and Vinoodh have also expanded into the world of film and video, directing ground breaking music videos for artists such as Lady Gaga, Bjork, Rihanna, Kanye West, and Paul McCartney.  

Van Lamsweerde and Matadin are operating in both the art world and the fashion world simultaneously, deciding on the ideal venue for their works to appear based on it’s content. The works from either territory feed off of each other for inspiration and thus blur the boundaries between fashion and art. Represented worldwide by Gagosian Gallery, their work has been exhibited in galleries and museums internationally including the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, the Hayward Gallery, London, the Deichtorhallen, Hamburg  and the Whitney Museum of Contemporary Art in New York. A retrospective show of 25 years of their collaborative work, titled PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING 1985-2010,  began its international tour at the FOAM, Amsterdam in the summer of 2010 and has since traveled to the Pavillion Bienal, Sao Paulo, the Dallas Contemporary, and Fotografisk, Stockholm. A publication with the same title was also launched by Taschen in the Winter of 2011, as the retrospective continues to travel throughout the United States, Europe and Asia.
 

 
 
 
 
Jada Pinkett-Smith

Jada pinkett smith

Actress, producer, director, author, entrepreneur, philanthropist and humanitarian, Jada Pinkett Smith has approached life with the utmost poise and versatility. As an activist, she champions inclusion, education and social justice.

With her husband, Will Smith, she founded The Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation (WJSFF), dedicated to supporting individuals and organizations advance in areas where the need is great. Her work to empower women and girls continues through programs like the AFI Conservatory Directing Workshop for Women and the Tisch Fusion Film Festival dedicated to showcasing the work of emerging female filmmakers. Jada’s passion for and commitment to providing greater access, opportunity and inclusion for underrepresented communities and young people in the entertainment industry has led to the launch of innovative programs and partnerships such as the Careers in Entertainment Initiative and Sundance Screenwriters Intensive to work with diverse independent filmmakers and artists.

Jada authored the New York Times best-selling children’s book “Girls Hold Up The World.” In 2011, with her daughter Willow, she joined the fight against human trafficking. Jada produced the award-winning TV documentary “Children for Sale” in partnership with The CNN Freedom Project, and her Don’t Sell Bodies Initiative serves as an information portal for human trafficking awareness. She is on the advisory board of Gucci’s female empowerment initiative, Chime for Change.

Born and raised in Maryland, Jada studied dance and acting at Baltimore School of the Arts and North Carolina School of the Arts. She launched her acting career on television with the notable series “A Different World.” In 1993, she landed her first feature film starring role in “Menace II Society,” followed by “The Nutty Professor."

Jada has enjoyed a rich career as a producer with features such as “The Secret Life of Bees,” “The Karate Kid,” and the documentary “Free Angela and All Political Prisoners.” She also produced the Tony Award winning Broadway musical “Fela.”

Other film credits include “Magic Mike XXL,” the hit comedy “Bad Moms,” and she currently plays Fish Mooney, in FOX’s “GOTHAM.” Jada will star in Universal Picture’s comedy “Girls Trip,” out summer 2017.

 
 
 
 
Jill Soloway

Jill Soloway

Writer/Director/Producer Jill Soloway is an activist and artist whose groundbreaking Amazon series TRANSPARENT burst into the cultural consciousness in 2014. Entering the fourth season this year, its artful exploration of identity, love, sex, God and boundaries seen through the lives of a complicated American family has garnered 21 Emmy nominations, eight Emmy awards and two Golden Globes.

On May 12, 2017, Soloway will premiere her new Amazon series, I LOVE DICK, which she co-created and directs. Adapted from Chris Kraus’ critically acclaimed novel of the same name, the show tells the story of a struggling married couple and their obsession with a charismatic artist.

Soloway co-founded the online channel WIFEY.TV  and in 2015 established TOPPLE, a media brand, production company and movement that seeks to upend the patriarchy by shifting the gaze and inspiring protagonism for women, queer people, people of color and their allies. In 2018, Soloway will debut her untitled memoir from Crown Books.

 
 
 
 
Kimberly Peirce

Kimberly Peirce

Kimberly Peirce staked her place as a director of singular vision and craft with her unflinching debut feature, BOYS DON'T CRY, a powerful, fact-based drama about the life and tragic death of Brandon Teena, a Nebraska transgender who was brutally raped and murdered.

The year of its release, BOYS DON’T CRY became one of the most acclaimed films, earning honors, including Best Actress Oscar for star, Hilary Swank, Golden Globe, Independent Spirit, NY, LA Critics, and National Board of Review Awards. Chloë Sevigny was nominated for an Oscar, a Golden Globe and won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress. Peirce won the National Board of Review and Boston Society of Film Critics Best Debut Director awards. The film received the FPRISCI London & Stockholm and Satyajit Ray Awards and was named “Best American Feature” by Janet Maslin.

In 2008, Peirce co-wrote, directed and produced STOP-LOSS (Channing Tatum, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ryan Phillippe, Abbie Cornish). Peirce won the Hamilton Behind the Camera True-Grit and Andrew Sarris Directing Awards.

In 2014 Peirce adapted and directed Stephen King’s CARRIE, (Julianne Moore, Chloë Moretz, Ansel Elgort). The film was nominated for a Saturn Best Horror Film, won for Best Young Actor and received the 2014 People’s Choice Award for Favorite Horror Movie.

Recently, Peirce directed episodes of acclaimed TV shows, including John Ridley’s AMERICAN CRIME (Felicity Huffman, Regina King, Tim Hutton), HALT AND CATCH FIRE (Lee Pace, Scoot McNairy, Mackenzie Davis), MANHATTAN (John Benjamin Hickey, Rachel Bresnahan), Bill Broyle’s SIX (Walton Goggins) and Jill Soloway’s I LOVE DICK (Kevin Bacon, Kathryn Hahn), which premiered at Sundance January 2017. Peirce is an Executive Producer of A&E’s IMPACT.  

A tireless civil rights activist, Peirce gave keynotes for Yale Transgender Awareness Week, AFI women directors and spoke at the 2017 Women's March in Park City. She received the GLAAD Media, Lambda Legal Defense, People for the American Way, Lesbian AVP and the 2013 OUTFEST Career Achievement Awards. Peirce serves on the Executive and Negotiating Committees of the DGA and AMPAS and is a founding member of REFRAME, an industrywide effort to end discrimination against women. 

Peirce received a University of Chicago BA, a Columbia University MFA and is a graduate of the Sundance Institute's Writing, Directing and Producing Film Labs.

 
 
 
 
Lilly Singh

Lilly Singh

Lilly Singh (aka iiSuperwomanii) is a multi-faceted comedian and entertainer. She has found worldwide fame through her comedic and inspirational YouTube videos, amassing over 11 million subscribers. She has appeared in the feature films Ice Age: Collision Course and Bad Moms. In March 2017, she released her debut book HOW TO BE A BAWSE: A Guide to Surviving Conquering Life. As a role-model to women and girls around the globe, Singh created her #GirlLove initiative to break the cycle of girl-on-girl hate and encourage positivity amongst each other. 

Singh was named to Forbes' 2016 30 Under 30 Hollywood & Entertainment list and Fast Company's Most Creative People 2016. She has appeared on numerous television shows, including multiple stints on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. She has been featured in Entertainment Weekly, People Magazine, ELLE Canada, Seventeen Magazine, Vogue India, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, among others. She has collaborated with Selena Gomez, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Jimmy Fallon, Mila Kunis, Priyanka Chopra, Adam Devine, James Franco and Seth Rogen. Singh starred in and produced her own feature-length film, A Trip To Unicorn Island, which premiered on YouTube Red in February 2016. A successful entrepreneur, Singh released her own signature lipstick called BAWSE with Smashbox and has also worked with Coca-Cola. 

 
 
 
 
Rashida Jones

Rashida Jones

Rashida Jones currently stars in the hit TBS series ANGIE TRIBECA, where she plays the title role in addition to working behind the camera as executive producer and a director of some episodes. A multi-hyphenate in the entertainment space, this past year Jones was nominated for an NAACP image award for co-writing the first episode of Netflix’s 3rd season of BLACK MIRROR. She also developed CLAWS on TNT, a nail-salon turned money-laundering-front dramedy, set to premiere this summer. This April, she will be releasing a docu-series on Netflix, “Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On,” a continued exploration of themes discovered in her 2015 Emmy-nominated documentary, “Hot Girls Wanted.” The series will focus on society’s relationship with sex and technology. Fans grew to love Jones from her beloved roles on THE OFFICE and PARKS AND RECREATION and through the romantic film that she wrote and starred in, CELESTE AND JESSE FOREVER.

 
 
 
 
Regina Scully

Regina Scully

Regina K. Scully is the Founder and CEO of Artemis Rising Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to developing and promoting Media, Education and the Arts that transform our culture. Ms. Scully is also the Founder and CEO of RPR Marketing Communications, a premier Public Relations Agency, NYC, specializing in exclusive consumer products and brands. A social entrepreneur, media activist, and documentary filmmaker, Ms. Scully is a leading communications and media consultant, speaking at schools, conferences, and companies around the world. 

Ms. Scully is a five-time Emmy Award-winning and Academy-nominated producer of The Invisible War, the powerful 2012 film about the epidemic rapes of women and men in the military. She has also produced upwards of 100 documentary films, shining a light on some of the most challenging social issues of our time. Some of her powerful films include Fed Up, Newtown, Dreamcatcher, Prophet’s Prey, Alive Inside, MissRepresentation, Under the Gun, Audrie & Daisy, Hazing, Resilience, The Mask You Live In, Trapped, Anita Hill: Speaking Truth to Power, and Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise.

 
 
 
 
Sam Taylor-Johnson

Sam Taylor-johnson

Sam Taylor-Johnson is a critically acclaimed film director who has become one of the highest grossing box-office female directors of all time. Her directorial feature film debut, NOWHERE BOY (2009), was nominated for four BAFTA Awards, including Best British Film and Outstanding Debut for Sam’s direction. February 2015 saw the release of Sam’s directorial feature, FIFTY SHADES OF GREY, the highly-anticipated adaptation of the best-selling novel. In its opening weekend, the film drew in box office totals of $94 million in the USA alone and has gone on to make over $570 million worldwide.

Sam is also an internationally renowned artist, working mostly in the photographic medium. She has had numerous group and solo exhibitions, including the Venice Biennale (1997). In 2014, Sam released a photography book for CHANEL entitled ‘Second Floor.’ This was accompanied by a solo exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery in London. Sam shot the 2017 Givenchy Men’s Fragrance campaign.

Sam recently completed filming for the Netflix series GYPSY, a psychological thriller starring Naomi Watts as a therapist who becomes immersed in the lives of her patients. The cast also includes Billy Crudup, Karl Glusman and Lucy Boynton. Sam is executive producer for the Netflix series, which is set for release in the summer of 2017.

 
 
 
 
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

Sharmeen Obaid-chinoy

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is a two-time Academy Award and Emmy Award winning documentary filmmaker. In the past 16 years, she has made a dozen multi-award-winning films in over ten countries around the world. Her films include Girl in the RiverSong of Lahore, Saving Face, Peace Keepers, Transgenders: Pakistan’s Open Secret and Pakistan’s Taliban Generation. Her work has aired on channels spanning four continents, including HBO, CNN, PBS, Channel 4, CBC, Arte, SBS and the Discovery Channel. 

In 2012, Time Magazine included Sharmeen in their annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the world. That same year the Pakistan government awarded her the highest civil honor “Hilal-i-Imtiaz.” In 2013, the Canadian government awarded her a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work in the field of documentary films and the World Economic Forum honored her with a Crystal Award at their annual summit in Davos.

In 2017, Sharmeen was the first artist ever to co-chair the “World Economic Forum” at Davos.

Born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan, Sharmeen received a bachelor’s degree from Smith College and two masters’ degrees from Stanford University.

 
 
 
 
Sheila Nevins

Sheila Nevins

Sheila Nevins is the President of HBO Documentary Films. She has been responsible for overseeing the development and production of more than 1,000 documentaries for HBO, HBO2, and Cinemax. As an executive producer or producer, she has received 32 Primetime Emmy® Awards, 37 News and Documentary Emmys®, and 42 George Foster Peabody Awards. During her tenure, HBO’s critically acclaimed documentaries have gone on to win 26 Academy Awards®.

 
 
 
 
Shonda Rhimes

Shonda Rhimes

Shonda Rhimes is the prolific writer, executive producer and creator of the hit ABC series "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal." In addition to creating the “Grey’s Anatomy” spinoff series, "Private Practice," Rhimes is the executive producer of the ABC series “How to Get Away with Murder,” “The Catch” and “Still Star-Crossed.” 

For her collective work on her various shows, Rhimes is the recipient of a Golden Globe for Outstanding Television Drama, Peabody Award, Television Producer of the Year by the Producers Guild of America, Writers Guild Award for Best New Series, GLAAD Media Award, as well as numerous AFI Awards for Television Program of the Year and an unprecedented six NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series plus eight NAACP Image Awards for Outstanding Drama Series. Rhimes has twice been included in TIME Magazine’s 100 list of the most influential people, along with Fortune Magazine’s “50 Most Powerful Women in Business," and Glamour Magazine's "Women of the Year."

Aside from her success with network television, Rhimes wrote the HBO-produced feature film "Princess Diaries 2: A Royal Engagement” and “Crossroads.”  She also co-wrote "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge," which was nominated for numerous awards, and for which Halle Berry won a Golden Globe and an Emmy for Best Actress in a miniseries for her portrayal of Dandridge. In 2004, Rhimes created her production company Shondaland.  

In November 2015, Rhimes released her first book, the instant New York Times bestseller “Year of Yes” from Simon & Schuster. Rhimes holds a BA from Dartmouth College in English Literature with Creative Writing. She received her MFA from the USC School of Cinema-Television.

 
 
 
 
Tracee Ellis Ross

Tracee Ellis Ross

Tracee Ellis Ross is the star of the hit ABC comedy series “Black-ish,” for which she received a Golden Globe Award in 2017 and an Emmy nomination in 2016. Ross is best known for her starring role on the long-running UPN/CW SHOW “Girlfriends.” She has guest-starred in ABC's “Private Practice,” CBS' “CSI," and HBO's “LIFE Support.” Feature films include "Hanging Up" and "Daddy's Little Girls." Also on stage, her credits include “Love, Loss, and What I Wore” in New York and LA. Additionally, Ross is a dedicated and passionate motivational speaker. With her large social media platform, Ross utilizes her joyful point of view to disrupt the traditional culture of beauty and teach self-love.

 
 
 
 
Victoria Mahoney

Victoria Mahoney

Marking her debut feature film, Mahoney developed “Yelling to the Sky” through the Directors and Screenwriters Sundance Institute Labs and was named an Auerbach Screenwriting Fellow, Annenberg Film Fellow, Cinereach Fellow, Maryland Fellow, IFP Narrative Lab fellow and a Tribeca Film Fellow.

Also named one of “25 New Faces of Independent Film” by Filmmaker Magazine, one Of ShadowAndAct/IndieWire's “Filmmakers to Watch” and one of "3 Filmmakers to Watch" in Elle Magazine's, Women In Hollywood issue.

“Yelling to the Sky,” starring Zoe Kravitz, Jason Clarke, Gabourey Sidibe and Tim Blake Nelson, had its World Premiere in Competition at the 2011 Berlin Film Festival, where it was nominated for the Golden Bear, thereby anointing Mahoney as only the fourth American Woman Writer/Director invited to Competition in over 61 years, followed by a North American Premiere at the SXSW Film Festival and global screenings in Competition at Deauville, Mumbai, Giffoni, Guanajuato, Urbanworld, Gen Art and Film Society Lincoln Center, among others.

Mahoney directed the Pilot “Bleached” for Issa Rae and has split the past three seasons directing “The Conversation with Amanda de Cadenet,” starring Hillary Clinton, Ashley Madekwe, Jane Fonda, Gywneth Paltrow, and Chelsea Handler, and “Exhale” for Magic Johnson, while developing her event series, “Chalk_Rx.”

In the TV episodic space, Mahoney has directed on Mike O’Malley and Lebron James’ “Survivor’s Remorse” (STARZ), Ava DuVernay’s “Queen Sugar” (OWN), Shonda Rhimes’ “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC), John Ridley’s “American Crime” (ABC), and Sam Taylor-Johnson’s “Gypsy” (Netflix), starring Naomi Watts. She also just wrapped on Courtney Kemp’s “Power” (STARZ) and is currently shooting “Claws” (TNT), before moving on to direct an episode of Veena Sud’s “Seven Seconds” (Netflix). Additionally, Mahoney and her team are in development on two Pilots, “51/50” and “Hunter Doe,” along with her YA feature film Sci-Fi trilogy “TopDog!” Short films include, “Wracked” starring Beau Knapp & Alexis Knapp, “Graduation” starring Don Cheadle and “Searching” starring Selena Gomez & Shiloh Fernandez.

 
 
 
 
Zendaya

Zendaya

Multi-talented actress, platinum-selling recording artist, entrepreneur, and newly announced COVERGIRL, Zendaya (Zen-DAY-ah), is quickly becoming one of this generation’s most influential rising stars. 

Signed to Republic Records, Zendaya is currently working on the follow-up to her self-titled debut album, which yielded the platinum-certified single "Replay."  

Zendaya currently stars in and co-produces the Disney Channel's number one hit spy comedy, "K.C. Undercover." This year, she will star in her first major motion picture film, “Spider-man: Homecoming,” which is due out in July 2017, as well as “The Greatest Showman,” which is due out December 2017. 

The multi-faceted artist continues to grow as a prominent figure in the fashion world. Her ability to command a red carpet has earned her a reputation among fashion elite, garnering praise from the likes of Vogue, InStyle, Elle, Glamour, W Magazine and more. This year, she graced the covers of Complex, Marie Claire, Essence, W, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen & more! A rising voice for her generation, Zendaya was also included in Ebony’s “POWER 100” and chosen as one of TIME Magazine’s “Most Influential Teens of 2015.”  

A burgeoning entrepreneur, Zendaya debuted her Daya footwear collection, which she created with her fashion stylist Law Roach, in stores the Fall of 2016. What’s more, Zendaya recently released her own app that is the exclusive mobile shopping experience for her clothing line, Daya by Zendaya.

Outside of entertainment, Zendaya is committed to a bevy of philanthropic work. She is an ambassador for Convoy of Hope, served as the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF spokesperson last fall, and has worked with Make-a-Wish Foundation and Keep A Child Alive.

 
 
 
 

ENTREPRENEURSHIP ADVISOR

Katia Beauchamp

Katia Beauchamp

Katia cofounded Birchbox in 2010, driven by a fascination with the business dynamics of the beauty industry and a mission to redefine the way people discovered and shopped for beauty online. Today she is more passionate than ever about building the beauty destination for the average woman who is not passionate about beauty. Birchbox, which is best known for its monthly subscription of personalized samples, now has more than 1 million subscribers, 4 million total customers, 800 beauty and grooming brand partners, operations in six countries, and stores in New York City and Paris. 

Katia holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in International Studies & Economics from Vassar College. Prior to graduating business school, she worked in structured finance and commercial real estate. She has been honored with accolades including Advertising Age Women to Watch, CEW Achiever’s Award, Fortune 40 Under 40, Inc. 30 Under 30, and WWD Digital Innovator of the Year in the Prestige Beauty Category, among others. Katia was recently featured as an investor on the first season of Lifetime TV’s series, “Project Runway: Fashion Startup.” 

A native Texan, Katia lives in New York City with her husband and two sons.