Building on the success of the inaugural MAKERS Conference in February 2014, this exclusive experience was livestreamed for the first time to viewers around the globe on Verizon’s go90 platform and here on


Participants included award-winning actress and producer America Ferrera, award-winning journalist and co-founder of Stand Up to Cancer Katie Couric, Academy Award Winning actress and Producer Halle Berry with Creative Arts Agency Managing Director Kevin Huvane, Caitlyn Jenner, Treasurer for the U.S. Rosie Rios, Marvel's director of content development and Ms. Marvel co-creator Sana Amanat, comedian and performer Bridget Everett, American soccer player and two-time Olympic gold medalist Abby Wambach, students from STEM education not-for-profit Black Girls Code and FDNY firefighter Regina Wilson.


Returning participants included activist and author Gloria Steinem, Facebook and Lean In’s Sheryl Sandberg, U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith and returning conference emcee, Re/Code's Kara Swisher.

2016 Speakers

Sana Amanat
Marvels' Director of Content Development and Ms. Marvel co-creator
Tim Armstrong
Joanna Barsh
Director Emeritus, McKinsey & Company
Willow Bay
Professor and Director, USC Annenberg School of Journalism
Ayah Bdeir
CEO & Founder, littleBits
Jessica Bennett
Journalist and New York Times Columnist
Halle Berry
Academy Award-winning actress, and producer
Justine Cassell
Associate Dean for Technology Strategy and Impact, School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon
Katie Couric
Award-winning journalist, best-selling author, and co-founder of Stand Up to Cancer
Kim Culmone
VP, Barbie Global Creative
Tiffany Dufu
Chief Leadership Officer, Levo League
Bridget Everett
Comedian and performer
America Ferrera
Award-winning actress, and producer
Anne Fulenwider
Editor-in-Chief, Marie Claire
Brian Goldsmith
Political Consultant, Yahoo News
Lori Goler
Head of People, Facebook
GloZell Green
YouTube Entrepreneur
Dina Habib Powell
Head of Goldman Sachs’ Impact Investing business and President, Goldman Sachs Foundation
Carla Harris
Vice Chairman, Wealth Management, Managing Director and Senior Client Advisor, Morgan Stanley
Joanna Hoffman
Original team member, Macintosh, 1980
Kevin Huvane
Partner and Managing Director, Creative Artists Agency
Caitlyn Jenner
Executive Producer, I Am Cait
Allie Kline
Michelle Kydd Lee
Chief Innovation Officer, Creative Artists Agency
Annie Leibovitz
Legendary Photographer
Samantha Leibovitz
Vice President and Creative Director, AOL's MAKERS
Dyllan McGee
Founder and Executive Producer, AOL's MAKERS
Alicia Menendez
Anchor and special correspondent, Fusion
Bethany Mota
YouTube Entrepreneur
Jessica O. Matthews
Founder and CEO, Uncharted Play
Kimora Oliver
Student from STEM education not-for-profit, Black Girls Code
Saundra Pelletier
CEO, WomanCare Global & Evofem
Ai-Jen Poo
Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance
Rosie Rios
Treasurer, United States of America
Andrew Robertson
President and CEO, BBDO Worldwide
Olivia Ross
Student from STEM education not-for-profit, Black Girls Code
Sheryl Sandberg
COO, Facebook
Pattie Sellers
Executive Director of Fortune MPW Live Content, Time Inc.
Sukhinder Singh Cassidy
Founder & Chairman, Joyus
Megan Smith
Chief Technology Officer, Office of Science and Technology Policy, United States of America
Gloria Steinem
Feminist writer, activist, and organizer
Beth Stelling
Kara Swisher
Executive Editor, Re/code
Tina Tchen
Assistant to the President and Executive Director, White House Council on Women and Girls
Marni Walden
Executive Vice President and President of Product Innovation and New Businesses, Verizon
Abby Wambach
American soccer player and two-time Olympic gold medalist
Regina Wilson
Firefighter, FDNY
Shelley Zalis
CEO & Founder, The Female Quotient and The Girls' Lounge
Terri Zandhuis
Chief People Officer, AOL Inc.

2016 Master Class Leaders

Ella Bell
Professor, Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College
Lee Carter
Partner, Maslansky & partners
Michelle Duguid
Olin Business School, Washington University in St. Louis
Dale Elizabeth Meikle
Global Diversity and Inclusion Program Office Leader, PwC International Ltd.
Ellen Galinsky
President and Co-Founder, Families and Work Institute
Kristin Hetle
Director of the Strategic Partnerships Division, UN Women
Courtney Martin
Author, entrepreneur, and weekly columnist for On Being
Ken Matos
Senior Director of Research, Families and Work Institute
Pat Mitchell
Former President and CEO of PBS and of The Paley Center for Media, President/Founder of POW Strategies
Lori Nishiura Mackenzie
Executive Director, Stanford University's Clayman Institute
Crystal Rix
Director of Business Development, BBDO
Vicki Shabo
Vice President for Workplace Policy Initiatives, National Partnership for Women & Families
Caroline Simard
Sr. Research Director, Stanford University's Clayman Institute

2015—2016 MAKERS@ Partners

MAKERS@ is MAKERS opportunity to partner with companies and organizations to celebrate and acknowledge their game-changing female employees and connect them to the larger MAKERS network. MAKERS@ is for the organization that believes its people are its strongest asset, that invests in innovative, groundbreaking female leaders, that knows that empowering women will empower the world, and that dares to lead and refuses to follow.