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Sherry Lansing explains the importance of being a leader who can provide negative feedback to talent in a way that is digestible and helpful.

Sherry's Biography

Cause of Choice: The Sherry Lansing Foundation
Midwestern Upbringing:Grew up on the south side of Chicago and graduated from Northwestern University.
First Paying Job:"I was hired by Carson Piri Scott to be a young bridal model."
Time for Fun:"Travel is one of the greatest joys of my life…I find that travel relaxes me, gives me a sense of perspective about the rest of the world, puts everything in balance."

Sherry Lansing was a trailblazer, visionary, and leader in the motion picture business for almost 30 years and involved in the production, marketing, and distribution of more than 200 films, including Academy Award winners Forrest Gump (1994), Braveheart (1995), and Titanic (1997). In 1980, she became the first woman to head a major film studio when she was appointed President of 20th Century Fox.
 
As an independent producer, Lansing was responsible for such successful films as, Fatal Attraction, The Accused, School Ties, Indecent Proposal, and Black Rain. In 1992, she was named Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures. During her 12 year tenure, the studio saw studio saw enormous creative and financial success.
 
Keeping a promise to herself to leave the movie industry at age 60, Lansing moved on to create The Sherry Lansing Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to cancer research, education, and encore career opportunities.
 
Lansing has received numerous honors and awards for her work including the 1996 Foundation of Motion Pictures Pioneers first woman to be awarded the Pioneer of the Year.

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