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December 26, 2018

Geena Davis to Keynote PCMA Convening Leaders 2019

Academy Award-winning actor Geena Davis will keynote the 2019 PCMA Convening Leaders on January 9 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

An advocate for women and expert on gender in the media, Davis joins a growing list of thought leaders and entertainers speaking at PCMA’s annual conference. Also on the roster are tennis legend Billie Jean King, marketing guru Seth Godin, diversity expert Steve Pemberton and Millennial entrepreneur Nadya Okamoto.

Thousands of business events professionals gather each January for education sessions and networking. More than 100 speakers will address a wide range of topics, from design thinking and audience engagement to diversity and social impact. Women represent more than half of the 2019 Convening Leaders presenters.

Davis is recognized for her advocacy of women and girls. She is chair of the Geena Davis Institute, a non-profit she founded to engage film and television creators to eliminate unconscious bias in media made for children. The institute encourages development of more female characters, aimed at creating strong role models and eliminating gender stereotypes.

Her Convening Leaders keynote on January 9 will address how a career in film and television inspired her to create Geena Davis Institute.

In addition to her film career, Davis was appointed Special Envoy for Women and Girls in ICT for the UN’s International Telecommunication Union, and is an official partner of UN Women. She received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for “The Accidental Tourist” and was nominated for an Academy Award and Golden Globe for her performance in “Thelma and Louise.” Her other film and television credits include “Beetlejuice” and “Commander in Chief.” Davis was a semi-finalist in the U.S. Olympic Trials for archery at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

For more information about Convening Leaders visit conveningleaders.org.

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