Jennifer Siebel Newsom
Filmmaker, speaker, and advocate for women, girls, and their families
RECASTING WOMEN: CHALLENGING MEDIA DISTORTIONS THAT CURB WOMEN’S POWER AND INFLUENCE
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
The Heights Room
Jennifer Siebel Newsom is a filmmaker, former actress, and advocate for women and girls. She has been heralded by Newsweek Daily Beast as one of “150 Women Who Shake the World” and has been included in “The League of Extraordinary Women” by Fast Company for her work in writing, directing, and producing the award-winning documentary Miss Representation (2011), which exposes how mainstream media contributes to the underrepresentation of women in positions of power and influence. Due to the overwhelming response to the film, Newsom launched the social action campaign of the film, MissRepresentation.org, the mission of which is to shift people’s consciousness, inspire individual and community action, and ultimately transform culture so everyone, regardless of gender, can fulfill their potential.
As a tireless advocate for social change, Newsom got her start with Conservation International by working with women in third-world countries helping to develop micro-enterprise opportunities. Back in the United States, she founded Girls Club Entertainment to produce content that educates, inspires action, and transforms our culture.
Newsom graduated with honors both from Stanford University and Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. She is married to California’s Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom.
Newsom speaks about women in the media worldwide to Fortune 500 companies, universities, women’s networks, and international conferences. More notably, she has been featured in TEDxWomen, Fortune’s Most Powerful Women’s Summit, and the Deutsche Bank's Second Annual Women in Asian Business Conference.