Variety has reimagined its popular Power of Women luncheon as a virtual summit to take place on Oct. 28 and 29. The conversations will celebrate female executives, producers, and talent who create content that inspire and promote social good.
This year’s Power of Women issue, to be released on October 28th, will feature the Women of “Grey’s Anatomy.” The story will celebrate the show’s influence throughout the years. As part of the Power of Women conversations, Ellen Pompeo (Star and Producer); Chandra Wilson (Star and Director); Debbie Allen (Executive Producer, Director, Recurring Star) and Krista Vernoff (Executive Producer and Showrunner) will sit for a roundtable discussion on what’s to come for the upcoming season and how the show has always empowered dynamic female leadership – in front of and behind the camera.
Fair Fight Action Founder Stacey Abrams alongside award-winning filmmakers Liz Garbus and Lisa Cortés will participate in the panel “All In: Why Women Will Determine the 2020 Presidential Election.” The dialogue will focus on the urgent role women have in the upcoming election and what is necessary to increase voter turnout.
Variety’s Business Editor Cynthia Littleton will conduct a keynote conversation with Ann Sarnoff, Head of Studios and Networks Group, WarnerMedia. The discussion will focus on the future path for WarnerMedia, inclusion in the workplace and managing creative organizations.
Littleton will also speak with one of America’s leading voices in finance, Mellody Hobson, Co-CEO and President of Ariel Investments. Hobson will discuss the state of the content industry and the status of female executives, investors and entrepreneurs in media and entertainment.
Jessica Chastain and Kelly Carmichael will delve into how their new female-run production company is creating content with female protagonists and their upcoming projects including “355” and “The Eyes of Tammy Faye.” Variety’s Editor-at-Large, Kate