(as of August 15, 2023 and subject to change)

Event Schedule (all times PT):

8:30 a.m. : Venue Opens
9 a.m. : Opening Remarks/General Sessions Begin
10:30 a.m. : Networking Break
11 a.m. : General Sessions Resume
12:30 p.m. : Networking Luncheon
2 p.m. : General Sessions Resume
3:30 p.m. : Networking Break
3:45 p.m. : WiTH Leadership Awards Program
5 p.m. : Closing Remarks/Networking Reception

Conference Sessions:

Opening Remarks
Christina Aguilera, President, WiTH Foundation
Guy Finley, Executive Director, WiTH Foundation and President & CEO, MESA

A Look at the 2023 Leadership Awards Nominees
This session looks at this year’s award nominees along with previous year’s winners. Join us for a look at who is making the impact and why we are honoring them this afternoon at the SoCal Women’s Leadership Awards ceremony.
Nadya Ichinomiya, Executive Director – Head of Agile Center of Excellence, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Chairwoman, WiTH Foundation

Hear the most recent updates to the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media’s intersectional study on the portrail of STEM characters in media (TV, fIlm and streaming).
Madeline Di Nonno, President & CEO, Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media

Lasting Impact: WiTH Impact Stories
Learn more about the impact that WiTH has in our local community during the discussion in this panel session, where you’ll hear personal stories and journeys from the women who have been directly impacted by our community engagement efforts over the years and how they have been able to change their trajectory. You’ll also hear more about what these WiTH supported non-profits do with their members and for their broader community.
Moderator: April Schneider, Board Member, WiTH Foundation and Executive Director IT, TV Distribution, Sony Pictures


Leadership in Ethical AI
This session features AI visionaries and practitioners from Media and Entertainment who will provide a practical introduction to the key leadership issues on AI Ethics, including questions like:
– What are the most important steps to take right now to achieve maximum benefits from AI responsibly?
– What must my organization consider in how it applies AI to avoid ethical pitfalls, and what are those pitfalls?
– How can AI align with or even enhance our DEI goals?
– How can we move past fear to create new opportunities in AI where everyone wins?

Hema Chambraj, Director, AI Advocacy and Thought Leadership, AMD
Yesha Yadav, Associate DeanRobert Belton Director of Diversity, Equity, and Community Milton R. Underwood Chair Professor of Law Faculty Co-Director, LL.M. Program, Vanderbilt University Law School

AFTERNOON KEYNOTE: Courageous Leadership
Kelly Hamilton, Chief Information Officer, Sony Pictures Entertainment

CLOSING KEYNOTE: Legacy of Leadership: Empowering Women in Entertainment and Technology
Discover the captivating journey of our Keynote, an accomplished author, screenwriter, and visionary filmmaker, as she takes the stage for an intimate fireside chat. As the granddaughter of Harry Warner, co-founder of Warner Bros., Cass’s insights will illuminate the Warner family’s profound impact on the entertainment industry. Our conversation with Cass Warner will allow us to explore innovation, ethical leadership, and women’s empowerment through the lens of a family legacy that epitomizes “Educate, Entertain, and Enlighten.”
Cass Warner, President, Warner Sisters Studios