Jane Fonda, Lena Waithe, Sheryl Sandberg head Makers Conference lineup
Jane Fonda, Lena Waithe, Sheryl Sandberg, Uzo Aduba, Jessica Biel, Lena Dunham, Karlie Kloss, Malcolm D. Lee, Saundra Pelletier, Gloria Steinem, Bozoma Saint John, Nicole Richie, Cleo Wade, Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon are among those who will speak at the MAKERS Conference, Pret-a-Reporter has learned exclusively.
Additionally, female farmworkers activist and Alianza Nacional de Campesinas’ co-founder and president Mónica Ramírez, lawyer and Restaurant Opportunities Centers United co-founder and president Saru Jayaraman, Baby2Baby co-presidents Norah Weinstein, and 11-year old female scientist and Flint water crisis advocate Gitanjali Rao will also participate in the three-day event, taking place Feb. 5-7 at NeueHouse Hollywood in Los Angeles.
The female storytelling brand's conference — which will also livestream online and across the Oath family of brands (Yahoo, AOL, HuffPost and BUILD Series, etc.) — will host conversations on sexual harassment, equal pay, representation in tech and the hidden figures of history, all with the aim to take this #RaiseYourVoice movement to the next level. This year, the event is also partnering with USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism to expand the experience to college students.
"The MAKERS Conference isn’t just a conference — it’s history in the making. We are amidst a seismic change in the women’s movement, and MAKERS is proud to be leading the conversation towards real change,” said Dyllan McGee, founder and executive producer of MAKERS. “As a feminist media brand, we stand in solidarity with those who have spoken out against sexual harassment. In support of them and all women fighting for equality on every front, we are ready to raise our voices louder than ever before."
Participants of the conference will also include MAKERS members, a network of companies who are celebrating and empowering their game-changing female employees by partnering with MAKERS. This year's partners include: 23andMe, 72andSunny, A+E Networks, Accenture, Adobe, Aetna, AT&T, BBDO, Bloomberg, CA Technologies, Caterpillar Foundation, Dermalogica, Facebook, GE, Getty Images, GHWCC, Goldman Sachs, Google, Hulu, iHeart Media, Kaiser Foundation, Kaplan & Co., Lightspeed Venture Partners, L'Oreal, LinkedIn, Lionsgate, lululemon, MailChimp, Mattel, McKinsey & Company, Medialink, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, National Geographic, NBCUniversal, The New York Times, Oath, Ogilvy, Omnicom Group, Oracle Data Cloud, Paramount, PayPal, R/GA, Refinery29, RRE Ventures, Sleep Number, Turner, Twitter, Uber, UBS, UMWW, Under Armour, Unilever, Univision, Verizon, Visa and Zenith Media. Additionally, lululemon will serve as the inaugural wellness partner of the conference.