Symposiums on Gender in Media

Global Symposium 2018 Los Angeles

Portray Her: Representations of Women STEM Characters in Media

October 9, 2018
7-9:30 p.m.

Writer’s Guild of America West
7000 West 3rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90048

In partnership with Writers Guild of America West

Presented by If/Then (An initiative of the Lyda Hill Foundation)

Join Geena Davis, Lyda Hill and creators, change makers and thought leaders in the entertainment, media and technology verticals, corporations and NGOs focused on empowering women for the release of this new research.

We will engage and educate the community about our latest findings and to share best practices in order to drive dramatic change to the content that our children are consuming.

Women constitute half (48%) of the college-educated workforce in the U.S., but hold only a quarter (24%) of jobs in STEM. Women, especially Latinx and Asian-American women, have seen a marked increase in STEM participation starting in the late 1990s, but their numbers remain low. Through this research we better understand why women are persistently underrepresented in STEM, and to examine the role of entertainment media in contributing to this underrepresentation.

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Madeline Di Nonno

CEO, Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media


Caroline Heldman

Associate Professor of Politics, Occidental College, Los Angeles


Mika Abdalla

Actor, Project Mc2

Khandi Alexander

Actor, ER and Scandal

Nkechi Carroll

Executive Producer/Showrunner, All American

Jess Cramp

PhD Candidate, James Cook University, Executive Director, Sharks Pacific

Lyda Hill

Entrepreneur & Philanthropist

Aimée Lagos

Director/Producer/Screenwriter, No Good Deed

Glen Mazzara

Writer, Creator, Showrunner

Chris Nee

Creator/Executive Producer, Doc McStuffins; Executive Producer, Vampirina

Nicole Small

President, Lyda Hill Foundation


The Lyda Hill Foundation is a private foundation committed to funding transformational advances in science and nature, empowering nonprofit organizations and improving the North Texas and Colorado Springs communities. A member of the Giving Pledge, Miss Hill has a fervent belief that “science is the answer” to many of life’s most challenging issues, she has chosen to donate the entirety of her estate to philanthropy and scientific research. The organizational ethos of the Lyda Hill Foundation reflects a mix of entrepreneurial vigor and a commitment to balancing profit with purpose. With this philosophy at the core of Miss Hill’s philanthropic efforts, the Lyda Hill Foundation is committed to investing in solutions as opposed to incremental change. The Lyda Hill Foundation seeks to invest in solution-oriented initiatives that have the potential to impact global issues such as food safety, ocean conservation, medical research, and other related efforts. To learn more about the Lyda Hill Foundation, please visit

If/Then is part of Lyda Hill’s commitment to fund game-changing advancements in science and nature. If/Then seeks to further advance women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by empowering current innovators and inspiring the next generation of female pioneers. The initiative aims to create a platform to elevate positive and successful female STEM professionals with a focus on funding their works and sharing their stories, developing and supporting programs for middle school girls to learn about STEM opportunities and engaging media partners to help shift the perception of women in STEM. If/Then’s mission is to inspire the next generation of girls to consider pursuing careers in STEM. To learn more about If/Then’s mission to empower current innovators and inspire the next generation of female pioneers, visit