Makers Platform to Empower Female Leaders

Makers, the short-form video platform showcasing stories from innovative women, has unveiled its new program, Makers, from the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.

Makers will be an opportunity for a select group of companies to celebrate and acknowledge their game-changing female employees.

The program centers on the inaugural Makers Conference, scheduled for February 2014, where leading companies will send the women, who are making a mark within their organizations, to participate.

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The conference will feature innovative programming produced and led by Makers, and include prominent female and male executives from across a spectrum of industries.

“Makers fulfills the critical need for women to be exposed to a supportive network of highly successful women and their stories,” said Susan Lyne, CEO of the AOL Brand Group.

“We’re encouraging companies to shine a light on the contributions of formidable women in their organizations, knowing that creating Makers within their companies will empower them and produce lasting results.”

Thus far, the following women are confirmed to produce and lead the first Makers Conference:

– Conference Emcee, Kara Swisher, Co-executive editor of, co-producer and co-host of D: All Things Digital, a major high-tech and media conference

Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, author of Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

– Shelly Lazarus, Chairman Emeritus of Ogilvy & Mather

– Wendy Clark, Senior Vice President, Integrated Marketing Communications and Capabilities

– Gloria Steinem, Co-Founder of Ms. Magazine

Makers is a television and digital video initiative from PBS and AOL that aims to be the largest and most dynamic collection of women’s stories ever assembled.

Makers was founded by Executive Producer, Dyllan McGee and developed with Maureen Sullivan, SVP and General Manager Women’s Content and Lifestyle at AOL

Following the release of and the documentary, Makers: Women Who Make America that aired on PBS, Makers received acknowledgement from executive leaders who were seeking meaningful ways to incorporate a formal program of recognition for its female employees.

In the picture above: (left to right) Dyllan McGee, Makers Founder Executive Producer; Gloria Steinem, Co-Founder, Ms. Magazine; Maureen Sullivan, SVP of Women’s Content at AOL; and Mariane Pearl, an author.

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