All the Speakers at the 2018 MAKERS Conference

All the Speakers at the 2018 MAKERS Conference

By Taylor Cromwell

Jan 31, 2018

Want to spend your day with changeMAKERS such as Gloria Steinem, Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, Sheryl Sandberg, Liza Koshy, Jane Fonda, Bozoma Saint John and Lena Waithe? And who would want to miss the Time's Up panel with Maha Dakhil, Rashida Jones, Melina Matsoukas, Katie McGrath, Natalie Portman, Nina Shaw, Jill Soloway and Tina Tchen?

You can watch every. single. minute. of the 2018 MAKERS Conference as fearless advocates for women's rights from tech, entertainment, business and non-profits come together to raise their voices and create real change. Join the movement and watch all the sessions LIVE on on Feb. 5 to 7.

The complete schedule of the 2018 MAKERS Conference is below. All sessions marked ** will be streamed LIVE on

Add the events to your calendars and get ready to #RAISEYOURVOICE!

Monday, February 5, 2018

(All times are PST)

9:00AM - 3:00PM MAKERS@ Headshot Sessions at Designated Hotels (for MAKERS@ partners only)

3:00PM Registration Opens and Transportation Begins to NeueHouse Hollywood (from designated hotels)

4:00PM MAKERS@ Welcome Reception and Group Photo | NeueHouse Hollywood (for MAKERS@ partners only)

4:30PM Welcome Cocktails

5:30PM SESSION 1** | NeueHouse Hollywood

  • Marni Walden, Executive Vice President and President, Strategy Initiatives, Verizon, welcome
  • Dyllan McGee, Founder and Executive Producer, MAKERS, conference kick-off
  • Liza Koshy, Writer, Performer, Actor, on feminism now and forever
  • Time's Up Panel with Maha Dakhil, Rashida Jones, Melina Matsoukas, Katie McGrath, Natalie Portman,Nina Shaw, Jill Soloway and Tina Tchen on what's next for the movement, moderated by Ava DuVernay, Filmmaker, Writer, Producer
  • Jennifer Bailey, Executive Director, Faith Matters Network, on building community through better conversations

7:00PM DINNER "THE PEOPLE'S SUPPER" | Hollywood Palladium

  • Tim Armstrong, Chief Executive Officer, Oath
  • Jennifer Bailey, Emily May, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Hollaback!, Lennon Flowers, Co-Founder and Executive Director, The Dinner Party
  • SPECIAL PERFORMANCE: Real.Life.Stories. with Lena Dunham, Actor, Writer, Director, Producer, and Philanthropist; Amber Tamblyn, Author, Director, and Actress; and Gabourey Sidibe, Actor, Director, and Author. Directed and produced by Kathy Najimy, Award-winning Actress and Activist

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

6:30AM YOGA WITH lululemon | Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

7:30AM Transportation Begins to NeueHouse Hollywood (from designated hotels)

8:00AM Breakfast Bar Opens | NeueHouse Hollywood

9:00AM SESSION 2**

  • Michelle Tan, Editorial Director, MAKERS, welcomes the audience
  • Joanna Barsh, Director Emerita, McKinsey & Company, on early findings for a MAKERS research study on equality in the workplace
  • Lowell McAdam, Chief Executive Officer, Verizon, interviewed by Allie Kline, Chief Marketing Officer, Oath, about making effective change in corporations
  • Megan Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Shift7, on the hidden figures of history
  • Gloria Steinem, Writer, Lecturer, Political Activist, and Feminist Organizer, interviews Barbara Smith, Author, Activist, and Founder of Kitchen Table Press, about the myth of a white women's movement
  • Cleo Wade, Artist, Poet, and Author of Heart Talk, on how radical activism begins at the table
  • 96-year-old Author, Activist, and Park Ranger Betty Reid Soskin interviewed by Luvvie Ajay, Author, Speaker, and Digital Strategist, about her incredible life of service


11:00AM SESSION 3**

  • Andy Katz-Mayfield and Jeff Raider, Co-Founders of Harry's, interviewed by Ahmed Musiol, President and Co-Founder, Wayfarer Entertainment, on expanding definitions of masculinity
  • Kumail Nanjiani, Stand-Up Comedian, Actor, Writer, and Podcast Host, and Emily V. Gordon, Writer, Producer, and Podcast Host, talk to Lydia Polgreen, Editor in Chief, HuffPost, about diversity in Hollywood
  • Fei-Fei Li, Professor of Computer Science, Stanford University and Chief Scientist of AI/ML, Google Cloud, on the future of artificial intelligence
  • Karlie Kloss, Fashion Model and Entrepreneur, interviewed by Megan Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Shift7, about girls and STEAM
  • Gitanjali Rao, America's Top Young Scientist of 2017, demonstrates her lead-detection device built in response to the Flint, Michigan water crisis


2:00PM SESSION 4**

  • Jane Fonda, Actress, and Lily Tomlin, Actress, on advocating for fair wages and labor practices
  • Saru Jayaraman, Co-Founder and President of the ROC United and Director of the Food Labor Research Center at University of California, Berkeley; Mónica Ramírez, Co-Founder and President, Alianza Nacional de Campesinas; Mily Treviño-Sauceda, Vice-President, Co-Founder of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas; and Jenna Watanabe, ROC United Board Member and Marketing Coordinator, Real Options for City Kids in San Francisco, on leading the way to a just workplace
  • Lena Waithe, Writer, Producer, Actress, and Liz Plank, Executive Producer of Divided States of Women at Vox Media, on celebrating diverse women in Hollywood
  • Nancy Lublin, Founder & CEO, Crisis Text Line, interviewed by Ann Miura-Ko, Co-Founding Partner, Floodgate, on start-up life
  • Nadia Bolz-Weber, Pastor, House for All Sinners and Saints, on faith and feminism
  • Bozoma Saint John, Chief Brand Officer, Uber, on acceptance and healing


4:00PM SESSION 5**

  • Rachel Thomas, Co-Founder and President, Lean In, on the state of women in the workplace
  • Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer, Facebook, and Laphonza Butler, President, SEIU Local 2015, interviewed by David Smith, Author, Athena Rising: How and Why Men Should Mentor Women, on the importance of mentoring women
  • Blake Irving, Board Director and Retired CEO, GoDaddy, on how beliefs can make or break your company
  • Amy McGrath, former U.S. Marine and congressional candidate in Kentucky, interviewed by Tim Armstrong, Chief Executive Officer, Oath, on women running for office and the upcoming midterm elections
  • SPECIAL PERFORMANCE: The Lethal Ladies of BLSYW (Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women)

6:00PM RECHARGE BREAK before evening programming (transportation provided back to designated hotels)

7:30PM Cocktails and Heavy Hors d'Oeuvres | Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel


  • Jessica Biel, Actress, and Saundra Pelletier, Founding CEO of WCG and CEO of Evofem Biosciences, interviewed by Elaine Welteroth, former Editor in Chief of Teen Vogue, on sexual health and well-being
  • Esther Perel, Psychotherapist and Author, with Abby Wambach, Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist and FIFA Women's World Cup Champion, and wife, Glennon Doyle, Author, and Tamika Catchings, former WNBA player and Co-Founder, Catch the Stars Foundation, and husband, Parnell Smith IT Solutions Analyst with HealthX

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

6:30AM YOGA WITH lululemon | Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

7:00AM Transportation Begins to NeueHouse Hollywood (from designated hotels)

7:30AM MAKERS@ Board of Directors Meeting | NeueHouse Hollywood (for MAKERS@ Board Members Only)

8:00AM BREAKFAST BAR OPENS | NeueHouse Hollywood

8:30AM SESSION 6**

  • Dyllan McGee, Founder and Executive Producer, MAKERS
  • #RAISEYOURVOICE Pledges from MAKERS@ Board of Directors
  • Katrina Lake, Founder & CEO, Stitch Fix, interviewed by Molly Wood, Host, Marketplace Tech, on being a female founder and taking her company public
  • Willow Bay, Dean of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and holder of the Walter H. Annenberg Chair in Communication, interviews Safiya Noble, Assistant Professor at USC, on old stereotypes in new media
  • Sallie Krawcheck, CEO & Co-Founder, Ellevest, reveals an exclusive announcement
  • Nicole Richie, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Actress, Kelly Sawyer Patricof and Norah Weinstein, Co-Presidents of the children's non-profit Baby2Baby, on the diaper crisis in our country
  • Lisa McCarthy, Founder and CEO, Fast Forward Group, leads a vision writing session that will transform how you approach your work–and more importantly, your life


10:30AM SESSION 7**

  • Marcia Clark, Attorney and Author, interviewed by Nancy Armstrong, Executive Producer, MAKERS, on sexism in the courtroom
  • Kim Foxx, State's Attorney, Cook County, on criminal justice reform
  • Robbie Kaplan, Kaplan & Company, LLP, and Marissa Blair, Plaintiff, interviewed by Lydia Polgreen, Editor in Chief, HuffPost, on Charlottesville and the First Amendment

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivers closing remarks live from New York

12:00PM SESSIONS CONCLUDE/ GRAB 'N' GO LUNCH and Transportation Back to Designated Hotels

12:15PM SPECIAL WORKSHOP: Managing Your Inner Critic with Lisa McCarthy, Founder and CEO, Fast Forward Group (Powered by Facebook)

Women face unique challenges in the workplace but their greatest nemesis isn't within the organization, it is their own internal critical voice. This session leaves participants with practices to shut down this voice, recharge their power and fuel their confidence and leadership

2:00PM OPTIONAL SEMINARS ON GENDER | University of Southern California (transportation provided)

Deploying Media as a Force for Change

Gloria Steinem along with USC Annenberg Vice Dean Sarah Banet-Weiser and Professor Alison Trope explore how the media portrays gender and how to create media for social change. The course was developed from VICELAND's Emmy-nominated WOMAN with Gloria Steinem, a documentary series which focuses on violence against females in eight different countries

Digital Playbook for Entrepreneurs: Creating a Tech Startup

USC Marshall School of Business professor Dr. Anthony Borquez will be joined by a special guest lecturer to discuss how technology is changing the world we live in and how entrepreneurs need to adapt to remain successful in an ever changing environment

Schedule subject to change. Check for updates!

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