Symposiums on Gender in Media

Global Symposiums 2016 New York

Our 2016 Global Symposiums on Gender in Media was held in New York City on September 22 and in Los Angeles on October 18.

The Global Symposiums on Gender in Media is presented in partnership with Google, and unveils the Geena Davis Inclusion Quotient (GD-IQ). It is a ground breaking software tool developed by the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media at Mount Saint Mary’s University to analyze audio and video media content. Funded by and incorporating Google’s machine learning technology, and the University of Southern California’s audio-visual processing technologies, GD-IQ is the only software tool in existence with the ability to measure screen and speaking time through the use of automation. This revolutionary tool was co-developed by the Institute and led by Dr. Shrikanth (Shri) Narayanan and his team of researchers at the University of Southern California’s Signal Analysis and Interpretation Laboratory (SAIL), with additional analysis from Dr. Caroline Heldman.

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Geena Davis

Founder and Chair, Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media


Julie Ann Crommett

Entertainment Industry Educator in Chief, Google

Madeline Di Nonno

CEO, Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media

Shrikanth (Shri) Narayanan

Andrew J. Viterbi Professor of Engineering, University of Southern California (USC)


Unpacking Unconscious Gender Bias

If She Can See It, She Can Be It™: Media Impact on Women and Girls

Noopur Agarwal

Vice President Public Affairs, MTV

Kerry Bishé


Matt Freeman

Senior Director for Investment, Girl Effect

Amanda Gorman

Writer and Ambassador, School of Doodle

Lucie Greene

Worldwide Director, Innovation Group, J.Walter Thompson

Susie Nam

Chief Operating Officer, Droga5

Alysia Reiner


Sherrie Rollins

Executive Vice President, Global Impact and Philanthropy Sesame Workshop

Symposium Impact Survey Results

Our biannual symposiums on gender in media have reached more than 3,000 leading CEOs and decision makers in the entertainment industry, corporations and non-profitorganizations interested in the empowerment of women and girls. Post-attendance surveys have shown:

  • 91.5% of respondents indicated that the information they learned would influence how they perceive gender balance and stereotypes in their work.
  • 97% of respondents would share and utilize our research findings with their peers and in their companies.
  • 100% of respondents felt satisfied or very satisfied with the Symposium.