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In February 2014, we held the inaugural MAKERS Conference to gather and spotlight the prominent leaders and innovators from corporations, not-for-profits, and government organizations that are committed to women's and working-family issues. The conference was a 48-hour action-packed discussion around the state of women issues and set an agenda to achieve gender equality in the 21st century. 


Explore the MAKERS Conference Sessions

Opening Session

“Change really comes from the bottom, not the top.” —Gloria Steinem.
The 2014 MAKERS Conference hit the ground running with Jennifer Aniston interviewing groundbreaking writer, lecturer, editor, activist, and self-proclaimed “hopeaholic,” Gloria Steinem, the popular face of the women’s movement for over four decades. Read More »

Session 1

We need to ban the word ‘bossy’ and bring back the word ‘feminism.’” —Sheryl Sandberg.
The first session of The MAKERS Conference was about setting the stage, and Joanna Barsh, Director Emeritus at McKinsey & Company, did just that by laying out the status of women in the workplace. She illustrated how much... Watch Here »

Session 2

In session two of The MAKERS Conference, we heard from four trailblazers in their industries and learned how they broke the glass ceiling and how they cope with their busy work lives today. Martha Stewart, interviewed by emcee Kara Swisher acknowledged the difficulty of... Watch Here »

Session 3

Politics isn’t about somebody else. It isn’t about another place or another time. It is about you. It is about here, and it is about now.” —Eric Garcetti.
During session three of The MAKERS Conference we heard from Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti; actress and activist, Geena Davis; and Editor in Chief of Marie Claire Anne Fulenwider and comedian Chelsea Handler. Watch Here »

Session 4

"Strong women get things done." —Gabby Giffords.  
Session four looked toward the future with Gabby Giffords and husband Mark Kelly; SpaceX's Gwynne Shotwell; a panel of incredible women including astronauts Mae Jemison and Cady Coleman, Harvey Mudd President Maria Klawe, and Google[x]'s Megan Smith who... Watch Here »