Exclusive Recap: Day Three of The 2017 MAKERS Conference

The third and last day of The 2017 MAKERS Conference featured a session that focused on the next generation of leaders.

The session began with the introduction of MAKERS Men, a new video series profiling men who are outspoken allies for women's equality. Ty Stiklorius, Founder and CEO of Friends At Work, moderated the first-ever MAKERS Men panel that included astronaut Leland Melvin and Seattle Seahawks championship quarterback Russell Wilson. Stiklorious spoke to Melvin and Wilson about what men can do to move the needle on hard issues like the pay gap in sports and across other industries.

The conversation also included the world premieres of Melvin and John Legend's MAKERS Men videos. Melvin's video is slated to launch in the coming months on MAKERS.com. Sign up for our newsletter to be the first to know about upcoming new MAKERS.

Jennifer Siebel Newsom, Founder, President and CEO of The Representation Project, spoke next, followed by a special presentation from Kristina Duncan, VP of Global Marketing Communications at Barbie. After talking about the research Barbie has done showcasing the critical impact supportive fathers have on their daughters' lives, Duncan shared a #DadsWhoPlayBarbie commercial. She then awarded the first-ever MAKERS Dad award to Jimmy Lopez. Lopez is the father of five strong daughters, including Caylie and Maya Lopez, also known as the Splash Sisters, who dribbled their way onto the stage of the conference on Tuesday with their basketballs.

The day's session concluded with a panel on activism and engagement led by Taylor Barnes, Director of the United State of Women, joined by Brittany Packnett, VP of National Community Alliances for Teach For America; Bellamy Young, actress, singer, and producer; and Wendy Carillo, Candidate for Congress for California's 34th District. The women spoke about how "the rulebook for women's political engagement is being rewritten." Carillo shared that since the election, more than 4,000 women have said they plan to run for office. 

The day concluded with several breakout sessions designed to encourage conversations and push the #BEBOLD agenda forward.

Catch up on more conference highlights by watching videos from the sessions.

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