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We offer a dynamic speakers program to enhance your event! Whether you want one of the experts to facilitate a Q&A with the audience or sit on a panel with members of your community, we’ve got you covered. Check out the bios below for more information about who is available.

Pricing for each speaker depends upon expertise, experience, travel considerations, and availability. Generally speaking, the honorariums range from $1,500-$10,000. We also can offer a Q&A via Skype for $500.

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From The Representation Project

Jennifer Siebel Newsom

Founder & CEO

Jennifer Siebel Newsom is a filmmaker, CEO, advocate, and thought leader. After graduating with honors from Stanford University and Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, she wrote, directed, and produced the 2011 award-winning documentary Miss Representation. As a result of Miss Representation’s powerful impact, she launched The Representation Project, a nonprofit organization that uses film and media as a catalyst for cultural transformation. Her second film as a director, The Mask You Live In, had its world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival and explores how America’s narrow definition of masculinity is harming boys, men, and society at large. She also executive produced the Emmy Award-Winning and Academy Award-Nominated documentary The Invisible War, and is an executive producer on the documentary The Hunting Ground. She is currently in production on her third film, The Great American Dream. When she is not running The Representation Project and making documentaries, she serves as a Global Advisory Board member of the Dove Self Esteem Project, co-chair of We Day California, a commissioner on the Girl Scouts’ Healthy Media Commission, and on the Advisory Council for the Imagine Kids Bus Project. She resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, and their four young children.

Cristina Escobar

Director of Communications

Cristina Escobar is a strategic leader and creative communications professional with the mission of advancing gender equality. Before joining The Representation Project, she was a leader in the domestic violence field, inspiring young people to create a culture of healthy relationships. Over the last decade, she has exponentially built the audience for the causes she has championed, while also increasing that audience’s engagement. In addition, she has successfully created and implemented operational systems, fundraising strategies, and direct-to-youth programming. Cristina has been featured in such leading media outlets as Anderson Cooper Live, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, and NPR. She graduated Phi Betta Kappa, magna cum laude with a degree in English literature and Spanish language from Occidental College. She also holds a certificate in nonprofit leadership and management.

From the Film

BARBARA J. BERG

Barbara J. Berg holds a doctorate in American history and is the author of numerous books, including Sexism in America: Alive, Well, and Ruining Our Future. As a writer, activist, teacher, and lecturer, she has devoted much of her professional life to issues concerning women’s education and role in America. She has participated in nationwide speaking tours and extensive television appearances throughout the United States and Canada, including CBS Morning Show, The Donahue Show, CNN, and Oprah. More than forty of her articles have appeared in in both scholarly and popular magazines, Parents, Ms., Working Woman, and Ladies’ Home Journal among them. She was the recipient of the Distinguished Teacher Award presented by President Bill Clinton, a finalist for a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, and recipient of the Colonial Dames of America Dissertation Fellowship. She is a consultant to PBS, the National Endowment for Humanities, The Mayor’s Commission on the Status of Women, and The Rockefeller Foundation.

MEENAKSHI GIGI DURHAM

M. Gigi Durham is a distinguished scholar, teacher, and writer whose work centers on media and the politics of the body, emphasizing issues of gender, sexuality, race, youth cultures, and sexual violence. She is the author of The Lolita Effect, and her work has earned her widespread public recognition, including media appearances on the BBC, Irish National Television, Iowa Public Radio, Illinois Public Radio, and The Dr. Phil Show. She holds a joint appointment in the Department of Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Iowa’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Durham has received many distinguished awards, including the 2014 recipient of the International Communication Association’s Teresa Award. She holds a joint appointment in the Department of Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Iowa’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

CAROLINE HELDMAN

Dr. Caroline Heldman is an Associate Professor of Politics at Occidental College in Los Angeles. Her research specializes in the presidency, systems of power (race, class, gender, and sexuality), and sexual violence. Her work has been featured in the top journals in her field, and she edited Rethinking Madame President: Are We Ready for a Woman in the White House? (2007). She has been active in “real world” politics as a professional pollster, campaign manager, and commentator for FOX News, Fox Business News, CNBC, and Al Jazeera America. She splits her time between Los Angeles and New Orleans where she co-founded the New Orleans Women’s Shelter and the Lower Ninth Ward Living Museum. She also co-founded End Rape on Campus and Faculty Against Rape.

JACKSON KATZ

Jackson Katz, Ph.D. is an educator, author, filmmaker, cultural theorist, and world-renowned pioneer in gender violence prevention education and critical media literacy. In 1993, he co-founded Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP), one of the most widely implemented and influential sexual and relationship abuse prevention programs in schools, colleges, sports culture, and the military in North America and beyond. MVP introduced the “bystander” approach to the gender violence prevention field; he is one of the key architects of this popular approach. He also created the award-winning documentaries Tough Guise and Tough Guise 2 and is the author of The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women and How All Men Can Help and Leading Men: Presidential Campaigns and the Politics of Manhood. He lectures extensively in the U.S. and around the world on violence, media, and masculinities.

JEAN KILBOURNE

Jean Kilbourne is internationally recognized for her groundbreaking work on the representation of women in advertising and for her critical studies of alcohol and tobacco advertising. Her work launched a movement to promote media literacy as a way to prevent several public health issues such as violence against women, eating disorders, and addiction. Her films, lectures, and television appearances have been seen by millions of people throughout the world. She is the creator of the renowned Killing Us Softly: Advertising’s Image of Women film series and the author of the award-winning books Can’t Buy My Love: How Advertising Changes the Way We Think and Feel, and So Sexy So Soon: The New Sexualized Childhood and What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Kids. She was named by The New York Times Magazine as one of the three most popular speakers on college campuses. She has a B.A. in English from Wellesley College and a doctorate in education from Boston University.

MARTHA LAUZEN

Dr. Martha Lauzen serves as the Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University. A nationally and internationally recognized expert on the employment of women on screen and behind the scenes, her research has been widely published in scholarly journals, entertainment trade publications, and the popular press. Her studies of women working in film (The Celluloid Ceiling) and prime-time television (Boxed In) serve as the cornerstones for the Center’s research agenda.

JENNIFER L. POZNER

Jennifer L. Pozner is the founder and executive director of Women In Media & News (WIMN), a media analysis, education, and advocacy group. She is also managing editor of WIMN’s Voices, a popular blog on women and the media, and the author of Reality Bites Back: The Troubling Truth About Guilty Pleasure TV. A widely published journalist, her work has appeared in corporate media outlets such as Newsday, Chicago Tribune, and the Boston Phoenix; independent magazines such as Ms., The American Prospect, and Bitch: Feminist Response to Pop Culture; several online media outlets, including Salon; and numerous anthologies. She has appeared as a media commentator on NBC, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, ABC News Now, GRITtv, Democracy Now!, National Public Radio, and Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. A noted lecturer, she has spoken at more than eighty colleges across the country on topics ranging from portrayals of women in reality television, to gender and race biases in journalistic coverage of elections, to media coverage of war, poverty and natural disasters. She conducts media literacy workshops and media trainings for women’s groups, youth, and social justice organizations.

JAMES STEYER

James Steyer is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Common Sense Media, the nation’s leading non-partisan organization dedicated to improving the world for kids and education. He is also the Co-founder and Chairman of the Center for the Next Generation, as well as the author of Talking Back to Facebook and The Other Parent: The Inside Story of the Media’s Effect on our Children. He is also an award-winning consulting professor at Stanford University, where he has taught popular courses on civil rights, civil liberties, and education for 25 years. He appears regularly on national television and radio programs as an expert commentator and children’s advocate. Last, but most importantly, he’s a dad of four great kids.