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Tackling Bias, Mentoring and More at Oct. 7 SoCal Women’s Event

Bias still exists — whether conscious or not — in the hiring process today, yet there may be an unexpected tool to help overcome that problem: artificial intelligence.

Midway through the virtual Oct. 7 SoCal Women’s Leadership Summit event, attendees will be invited to join one of four breakout tracks — “Professional Development,” “Mentoring & Networking,” “Community,” and “Diversity, Equality & Inclusion” — with studio execs, vendor reps, and diversity experts offering a bevy of insights into the state of today’s M&E industry.

Among the panels will be “Tackling Bias (AI and human) in the Recruitment Process,” which will see moderator Jessica Fernandez, Women in Technology Hollywood (WiTH) board member and head of content security awareness and training for Amazon Studios leading a discussion on why AI holds promise for eliminating bias in multiple ways, including assessing the entire pipeline of candidates. She’ll be joined by Edie Givens, SVP of people and organization for Sony Pictures Entertainment, Talia Robinson, SVP of HR for ViacomCBS, and Dolores Tersigni, founder and president of Ellavate.

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SoCal Leadership Summit Keynoter to Detail L.A.’s Data Journey

Attendees of the Oct 7 virtual SoCal Women’s Leadership Summit will be treated to a keynote by Jeanne Holm, chief data officer for the City of Los Angeles and senior technology advisor to mayor Eric Garcetti.

Her presentation — “Stories From a Technology Informed Diversity Journey” — will show how data and analytics have informed the city’s programs, and how Holm’s data work for Los Angeles can provide a roadmap for starting your own organization’s diversity and equity journey.

The keynote will set the stage for the day’s program — running from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. PT — with themes covering everything from how to navigate the pandemic, to managing a remote work business, to embracing social change.

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Women’s SoCal Leadership Summit Arrives Online Oct. 7

Women in Technology Hollywood (WiTH) is bringing back its popular SoCal Women’s Leadership Summit  on Oct 7, this time as an all-online event.

Running from 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. PT, SoCal Women’s Leadership Summit 2020 will be designed to inform and inspire attendees on topics covering diversity, leadership and technology, with presentations and breakout sessions tackling the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the social equality movement.

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