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Salon – Power of Portrayal: Inspiring Performances Driving Social Change

Monday, November 6, 2017
Hosted by SAG•AFTRA

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Panel will convene a diverse group of leading female actors who are paving the way to social change with their roles in film, TV and on stage. They will discuss the importance of representation and how they’ve come to reach success in their field.

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PANELISTS

Megan Boone

Actor

Megan Boone stars as FBI agent Elizabeth Keen opposite James Spader on NBC’s The Blacklist, which is currently in its fifth season. Boone made her feature film debut in the Lionsgate cult film, My Bloody Valentine, directed by Patrick Lussier. She also had a supporting role in Sex and the City 2, starring opposite Sarah Jessica Parker and Chris Noth. Boone also starred in several independent films, including Stephen Elliott’s About Cherry opposite James Franco and Dev Patel.  She also appeared in Adele Romanski’s (Moonlight) relationship drama, Leave Me Like You Found Me, for which she won the Best Actor Award at the 2012 GenArt Film Festival. 

On television, Boone played the role of Junior Deputy District Attorney Lauren Stanton on the NBC series Law & Order: Los Angeles opposite Terrence Howard, Corey Stoll and Alfred Molina.

An East Coast native, Boone studied with Jane Alexander and Ed Sherin at Florida’s Asolo Theater, while workshopping with playwrights to develop new material under the guidance of Tony Award winner Mark Medoff.

In 2008, Boone produced and starred in the Charles L. Mee play Limonade Tous Les Jours.  She received two L.A. Weekly Theater Awards for her performance—Best Comedy Ensemble and Best Performance by an Actress in a Comedy.

Gabrielle Carteris

President, SAG-AFTRA

Gabrielle Carteris was elected SAG-AFTRA president on April 9, 2016, following the death of President Ken Howard. She was previously elected executive vice president in 2013, at the union’s inaugural national convention and re-elected in 2015 at the union’s second national convention.

Carteris became a household name playing Andrea Zuckerman on the Aaron Spelling program Beverly Hills, 90210. A show with a shaky beginning, 90210 ended up being one of the longest-running one-hour series in television history and has been viewed in more than 100 countries. The success of the show allowed Carteris to get involved with many great organizations, including DARE, Noxzema Extraordinary Teen program, MADD, Read to Grow, Best Buddies and the Sky’s The Limit Fund.

Carteris has also worked as a producer, creating a series of specials called Lifestories, which led to her producing and hosting her own talk show for Fox, Gabrielle. Recent credits include a recurring role on Code Black and guest-starring roles on Criminal Minds, Make It or Break It, The Event, Longmire, The Middle, a new web series called Send Me, and the holiday television movie 12 Christmas Wishes. On stage, she performed a special presentation of The Vagina Monologues to raise money to combat violence against women and child abuse.

Carteris previously served Screen Actors Guild in 2008 as fifth alternate national director, in 2009 as first alternate national director and in 2010 she began a three-year term as national board member. Her previous American Federation of Television and Radio Artists service includes two consecutive terms on the AFTRA Los Angeles Local Board and the AFTRA National Board, three terms as AFTRA convention in the delegate/actor category and, in 2011, she was elected Los Angeles Local president and national second vice president. She was a part of the G1 (Group for One Union) and helped with developing the plan to merge SAG and AFTRA. She also served SAG-AFTRA during the transition year as national vice president, Los Angeles.

Swin Cash

Professional Athlete

Swin Cash may be known as a highly decorated professional athlete, but there is more to her than points and rebounds. Swin, whose name Swintayla means “astounding woman,” is the founder of Swin Cash Enterprises LLC and the founder of Cash Building Blocks, LP, an urban development company that renovates and offers affordable homes for low income families. As if that weren’t enough, the McKeesport, Pennsylvania native, is the founder of Cash for Kids, a 501(c)(3) charity with the mission to “motivate, educate, & elevate” kids. Through Cash for Kids, Swin has helped thousands of children across the nation and around the world, with a particular focus on fitness, leadership and service. Selected as the number two overall pick in the 2002 draft, it didn’t take long for Swin to rack up awards and accolades. She is a five time WNBA All-Star, two-time WNBA All-Star MVP, and a three time WNBA Champion. Swin also is a two time Olympic Gold Medalist and was voted “Dapper Dan Sportswoman of the Year” in both 2003 and 2007. Swin was recently honored by the WNBA as one of the top 20 Greatest and Most Influential Players in League History. Swin has played professional basketball for three seasons in China and with WNBA teams in Detroit, Seattle, Chicago, Atlanta and New York. With the WNBA teams Swin played forward and wore number 32.

The 2016 WNBA season as a member of the New York Liberty was her 15th and final year as a professional basketball player. Following her illustrious playing career, Swin accepted a job in the New York Liberty’s front office as Director of Franchise Development, a first-of-its-kind role in the league that sees her assisting with both business and basketball operations. She became just the second former player in WNBA history to immediately assume a front office position, and is the first to take on a role supporting both business and basketball goals. Swin has also pursued a career as a sports journalist and on-air commentator and analyst for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Turner and MSG Networks. Swin is presently a commentator on CBS Sports “We Need to Talk,” which is the first national all-female sports show. Swin is also host of MSG Network’s “The Jeff Hornacek Experience” and In-Studio Analyst for CBS Sports Network Men’s College Basketball.

Swin is a much sought-after Public Speaker who has addressed topics of: Leadership, Teamwork, Overcoming Adversity (cancer, back surgery), Health and Fitness, Fashion, Women’s Issues, and Children’s Issues. She is the author of Humble Journey, More Precious than Gold, a recounting of her eventful journey through her professional and personal life and her discovery of why the lessons she learned are more precious than the medals she’s earned. Swin’s true passion is public service and philanthropy. She has served as an Envoy for U.S. State Department in their work with children in various countries and she has served as an Envoy for NBA Africa & NBA India. She has also devoted her time to serving as a mentor to the White House Office of Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships as well as the White House Fatherhood Initiative.

Swin has spent over a decade with the WNBPA on the executive committee advocating for players. She has received an honorary doctorate from Washington & Jefferson College for public service, and multiple awards and honor of recognition such as History Makers Awardee, Smithsonian – Heinz History Center, Alumnae Hall of Fame, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, March of Dimes New York2016 Sportswoman of the year award and the 2016 Freedom Award from the National Civil Rights museum in Memphis, Tennessee. Swin has been awarded multiple WNBA’s Care Community Assist Award’s for her extensive outreach efforts. Cash enjoys talking to young people, encouraging them to believe in themselves, to achieve their goals and to become leaders in their communities. This, she believes, leads to self-confidence, self-development and is essential to helping kids “get in the game” of life.

Madeline Di Nonno

CEO, Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media

Madeline Di Nonno is the Chief Executive Officer of the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media. Di Nonno leads the Institute’s strategic direction, research, education, advocacy, financial and operational activities. Di Nonno brings thirty years of successful international executive and strategic advisor leadership experience in entertainment, non-profit, digital and consumer packaged goods industries.

Previously, Di Nonno served as President and CEO of On The Scene Productions, a leader in digital content creation and distribution. Di Nonno lead the company’s new business development and digital content platforms for the entertainment, healthcare, and consumer products clients such as Nike, Gatorade, Iconix, and PepsiCo.

Prior to On The Scene, Di Nonno served in executive marketing positions for Anchor Bay Entertainment/Starz Media and Echo Bridge Home Entertainment where she led global brand marketing, branded franchise development, acquisitions, digital media initiatives for home entertainment and limited theatrical releases in North America, United Kingdom and Australia. 

As Executive Vice President and GM for Nielsen EDI, a leading research provider of Theatrical distribution measurement and information, Di Nonno drove innovations in digitizing product offering, new business and product development and studio theatrical distribution and exhibition client management. Previously, Di Nonno served as Senior Vice President, Marketing Alliances and Digital media at the Hallmark Channel, and launched the cable channel and established marketing, digital media, e-commerce, and corporate alliance functions.  Di Nonno developed revenue-generating, integrated marketing programs with companies such as Johnson & Johnson, Fuji, Mail Boxes Etc., Universal Pictures, Target, Sony Pictures, Chrysler, and Baskin Robbins.  Di Nonno pioneered the Channel’s digital media initiatives.

Di Nonno served eight years at Universal Studios Home Video as Vice President, Strategic Marketing where she established the company’s first Digital Platforms and marketing campaigns. Di Nonno supervised marketing campaigns for all theatrical, direct-to-video and library releases and spearheaded Universal’s launch into DVD and interactive.

Di Nonno began her career at ABC Television Network in corporate publicity working on the marketing communications campaigns for mini-series, sports and daytime, including “The Winds of War,” “The Thorn Birds” and the 1984 Olympics.

Di Nonno is a requested keynote speaker at global industry conferences, corporations, academic institutions, film festivals and organizations such as AdWeek, Cannes Lion, CinemaCon, CTAM, Digital Hollywood, CES, The White House, The Department of State, UNESCO, the United Nations. Di Nonno has been featured in media outlets such as The New York Times, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Forbes, Huffington Post, Kidscreen, Fast Company, and Wired Magazine.

Education: Di Nonno holds a bachelor’s degree from Boston University.

Board Affiliations: Di Nonno serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Television Academy Foundation; Board of Directors: Population Media Center, and Promundo U.S.; Advisory Board for PBS Kid’s Ready Jet Go, GameChanger Films; Strategic Advisor, YouTube Red. Di Nonno served as President of the Glass Lions Jury for the Cannes Lions 2016.

Condola Rashad

Actor

Condola Rashad recently earned her third Tony Award nomination for her return to the Broadway stage in Lucas Hnath’s Tony-nominated new play A Doll’s House, Part 2, opposite Emmy Award-winner Laurie Metcalf, Academy Award-winner Chris Cooper and Tony Award-winner Jayne Houdyshell. Rashad began her career onstage and debuted off-Broadway at the Manhattan Theatre Club playing a young girl in a brothel in Lynn Nottage’s 2009 Pulitzer Prize-winning play Ruined. She was nominated for Tony Awards and Drama Desk Awards for her roles in Lydia Diamond’s Stick Fly and the late Horton Foote’s The Trip To Bountiful, opposite Cicely Tyson. In 2013, Rashad played “Juliet” to critical acclaim on Broadway, opposite Orlando Bloom’s “Romeo.” Earlier this year, Rashad completed production on the Netflix film Come Sunday, which reunites her with director Joshua Marston and in which she stars opposite Chiwetel Ejiofor. In Spring of 2016, Rashad completed production on Academy Award nominee Milcho Manchevski’s independent film Bikini Moon, which she stars in as the title character. Later that year, Rashad was seen co-starring in Joshua Marston’s Complete Unknown opposite Michael Shannon and Rachel Weisz, and in Jodie Foster’s Money Monster, opposite George Clooney and Julia Roberts. On television, Rashad is known for her series regular role as the young, motivated Assistant District Attorney “Kate Sacker” in Showtime’s acclaimed series Billions, which will return for a third season early next year. Previous television and film credits include a recurring role on NBC’s Smash and a starring turn in the Lifetime remake of Steel Magnolias, as well as appearances in Sex And The City 2, Law and Order: Criminal Intent and The Good Wife. A graduate of California Institute of the Arts, Condola currently resides in New York.

Alysia Reiner

Actor/Producer

You can see Alysia in all 4 seasons of Netflix’s Orange is the New Black, which she won a SAG award for her role as "FIG," the tough as nails assistant warden as part of the amazing ensemble cast. She is currently filming Season 1 of Better Things of F/X, brought to you by the inimitable Louie CK & Pamela Adlon, and Season 4 of Showtime’s Master of Sex, both to air in September of 2016. Additionally you can catch her as D.A. PARKS in Shonda Rhimes’ breakout hit How to Get Away with Murder, Lilian Izikoff on Rosewood, and Fiona in Michael Showalter’s new TNT series Search Party. 

On the film front, Alysia stars with Anna Gunn in Equity, the first ever female driven Wall Street film, which she also produced. The film premiered at Sundance in January 2016, was acquired by Sony Pictures Classicand will be in theaters nationwide September 2nd. Equity is Alysia’s 7th independent feature as an actress in 2015, but the first in her life as actress and producer. So far in 2016, she has had roles in Shool Spirits, Shine, and, she is currently filming Whitney Cummings’ The Female Brain. She feels so blessed to have worked with film masters from Alexander Payne in the Oscar winning Sideways, to Jodie Foster, to the now amazing Meera Menon – the director of Equity

Alysia loves working as a change maker for women, and has been invited to The White House, the UN, and Cannes Lion to speak about un-stereotyping women, and women in entrepreneurship. Additionally, she was awarded the Sarah Powell Huntington Leadership Award by the Women’s Prison Association, was recognized as an Intelligent Optimist in Ode Magazine and profiled by New York Women in Film and Television as a woman to watch.

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Maggie Siff

Actor

Maggie Siff is currently starring as the female lead on Showtime’s Billions, opposite Damian Lewis and Paul Giamatti. The show just had the best series debut performance ever for a SHOWTIME original series and Siff has garnered critical acclaim for her role as “Wendy Rhoades.”  The Wall Street Journal said “Ms. Siff is a fascination…” while The Hollywood Reporter said “…Siff is the real star of Showtime’s new financial sector-set drama.”

Siff is well known to audiences for her role as “Tara Knowles” on the hit FX series Sons of Anarchy. For her role, she received two Critics’ Choice Award nominations for “Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series.” She also starred in the first season of Mad Men playing Don Draper’s mistress, “Rachel Menken” for which she received a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for “Outstanding Cast in Television Series Drama.”  Her other television credits include: Nip/Tuck, Life On Mars, Grey’s Anatomy and Law & Order.

On the big screen, Siff recently starred in and executive produced the independent film A Woman, A Part which premiered in competition at this year’s Rotterdam Film Festival. She also starred in the independent film, One Percent More Humid, which won the Jury award at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, The Sweet Life, opposite Chris Messina, which premiered at the 2016 Los Angeles Film Festival and Columbia Pictures’ The Fifth Wave opposite Chloe Grace Moretz. 

In 2014, she appeared in Concussion, which premiered in competition at the Sundance and Berlin Film Festivals. At Berlin, the film won a Teddy Award Jury Prize as an outstanding film about LGBT themes and its director Stacie Passon was nominated for Best First Feature by the Independent Spirit Awards. She also starred in Tim Blake Nelson’s Leaves of Grass opposite Edward Norton. Her other film credits include Paul McGuigan’s Push opposite Djimon Hounsou and Judd Apatow’s Funny People opposite Adam Sandler.

Siff is an established theater actress and she mostly recently played the lead role of “Kate” in the Theater for a New Audience’s production of The Taming Of The Shrew. Her other credits include the title role in The Escort at the Geffen Playhouse, and the lead in OR at New York’s Women’s Project. She also starred in Ethan Hawke’s Lie Of The Mind opposite Alessandro Nivola and Josh Hamilton at the New Group. Siff appeared in Richard Nelson’s Frank’s Home by Playwrights Horizons and Ruby Sunrise performed at the Public. She received a Jefferson Award nomination for her performance in Dollhouse at Chicago’s Goodman Theatre and has also worked frequently in Philadelphia, where she won the Barrymore Award for a production of Ghosts.

Originally from New York City, Siff graduated with an M.F.A. from NYU’s Tisch School and a B.A. from Bryn Mawr College

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