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Women in Entertainment is an American 501c3 nonprofit organization entertainment conference and summit founded in 2015.


Women in Entertainment (WIE) is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 2015 by Renee Rossi and Gretchen McCourt [1] in order to focus on the advancement of women in the entertainment industry. [2] They hold events including the annual Women in Entertainment Summit, [3] first held in 2015 in Los Angeles, CA. [4] The first keynote speaker was Geena Davis, who discussed unconscious bias against women as portrayed in family films. [5] Subsequent conference speakers have included SAG-AFTRA President Gabrielle Carteris in 2017; [6] [7] Friends executive producer Marta Kauffman in 2018; [8] and Patricia Heaton in 2019. [7] During the annual event, female individuals from the American entertainment industry speak about issues in the industry [7] and report on successes of women in the art form, [9] with panels focusing on various subjects. [8]

In 2018 Women in Entertainment partnered with the Television Academy Foundation to create the Women in Television Summit, a complementary event. [10] They have also partnered with other organizations to highlight women-made content, such as documentary festivals [11] in Santa Monica, California. [12] In 2019, Women in Entertainment and Writers Guild of America West co-presented an event series called In Her Words: Spotlight on Women Writers in Film & TV, featuring screenings of films and live interviews. [10] [13]

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