This past Saturday, August 6, we hosted our inaugural Global Youth Leadership Summit, bringing together voices from the entertainment industry, social-justice advocates, and an audience of 100 young global influencers. The theme for the daylong event was “Disrupt the Narrative” and featured programming related to inspiring youth to end gender stereotypes.

Check out the Summit’s highlights and sign up to be a Youth Rep to continue the conversation.


8:30AM-9:30AM:            Registration, Breakfast, and Reception

9:30AM-10:50AM:          Convening the Most Diverse and Inclusive Generation


WELCOME from today’s master of ceremonies, Sheetal Sheth, actress, producer, and activist (Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World, Donny!, Family Guy)

OPENING MINDFULNESS with the Sonima Foundation

UNDERSTANDING THE NARRATIVE with The Representation Project CEO and Founder Jennifer Siebel Newsom

BLURRED LINES: SEX AND VIOLENCE IN MEDIA AND REAL LIFE with Jackson Katz, Ph.D., educator, author, filmmaker


10:50AM-11:00AM:        Break

11:05AM-12:00PM:        Mask, Masculinity, and Understanding Your True Self

With educator & founder/executive director of the Ever Forward Club Ashanti Branch


12:00PM-1:00PM:         Lunch

1:00PM-2:30PM:           Gender and the Media: Preparing to Disrupt


FROM PUPPET TO PRODUCER: FINDING MY VOICE with actor, filmmaker, and advocate Benita Robledo (Teen Wolf and Interns of F.I.E.L.D.)

CHALLENGING STEREOTYPES IN THE MEDIA AND BEYOND, a panel discussion moderated by Jennifer Siebel Newsom, featuring:
•  Actor and activist Eliza Coupe (Happy Endings, Quantico, The Mindy Project)
•  Jackson Katz
•  Top model, actor, and activist Shaun Ross (#InMySkinIWin)
•  Creator and executive director of Feminist Frequency Anita Sarkeesian


2:30PM-2:45PM:           Break

2:45PM-4:30PM:           A Call to Action: Disrupting the Narrative

BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS THROUGH SPOKEN with author and activist Aija Mayrock (The Survival Guide to Bullying)

SPEAKING OUT: MAKING A DIFFERENCE ONLINE with actor/comedian Jordan Doww (HollyWEIRD)

WORLD CAFE, BREAK OUT WORKSHOP with The Representation Project Field Mobilization Director Darius Kemp

CLOSING MINDFULNESS with the Sonima Foundation

THANKS, INSPIRATION, AND ACTION with Jennifer Siebel Newsom and Sheetal Sheth

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