NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AOL’s MAKERS today announced The 2016 MAKERS Conference February 1-3,
2016, at the Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. Building
on the success of the inaugural MAKERS Conference in February 2014, the
exclusive experience will be livestreamed for the first time to viewers
around the globe on Verizon’s go90 platform and on MAKERS.com.
Confirmed participants include Academy Award-winning actress, producer
and businesswoman Reese Witherspoon, award-winning
journalist and co-founder of Stand Up to Cancer Katie Couric, Caitlyn
Jenner, Treasurer for the U.S. Rosie Rios, Marvel’s director
of content development and Ms. Marvel co-creator Sana Amanat,
comedian and performer Bridget Everett, American soccer player
and two-time Olympic gold medalist Abby Wambach, students
from STEM education not-for-profit Black Girls Code and FDNY
firefighter Regina Wilson.
Returning to the stage are activist and author Gloria Steinem,
Facebook and Lean In’s Sheryl Sandberg, U.S. Chief
Technology Officer Megan Smith and returning conference emcee,
Re/Code’s Kara Swisher. Additional participants to be announced
in the coming weeks.
The theme of The 2016 MAKERS Conference will be #TheTimeIsNow with
sessions focusing on tangible solutions and calls-to-action around
gender equality. The conference will feature exclusive announcements, as
well as personal stories from MAKERS, influencers and experts. Attendees
will leave with a better understanding of how to make positive and
lasting changes at work and in their own personal lives.
“We can no longer just talk about the issues facing women today, we need
to act,” said Dyllan McGee, MAKERS founder and executive producer. “Over
36 hours, we will profile a diverse group of women who are doing just
that—from setting records on the playing fields to coding solutions to
changing society, the time is now.”
The 2016 MAKERS Conference will once again bring together the
groundbreaking MAKERS profiled on MAKERS.com with influencers,
not-for-profit industry leaders and key policy-makers for a three-day
dialogue on setting an agenda for change. Attendees, including over 40
MAKERS@ partners–a program designed to celebrate and acknowledge female
leaders within leading companies and organizations— will leave connected
to a dynamic network of remarkable women and inspired to take their
careers to the next level.
“At MAKERS our mission is to shine a light on the groundbreaking women
who inspire us, and ultimately inspire the next generation to follow in
their footsteps,” said Samantha Leibovitz, MAKERS Vice President and
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the digitally connected world for decades to come.
AOL’s MAKERS is a women’s leadership platform that highlights the
stories of groundbreaking women today to create the leaders of tomorrow.
It is the largest and most dynamic collection of women’s stories ever
assembled. MAKERS encompasses broadcast documentaries, web and
mobile-first video content, and live events. Today, MAKERS.com features
original interviews with over 300 MAKERS and includes over 3,000 videos