01.16.2018
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MAKERS Reveals Initial Lineup for 2018 MAKERS Conference

Jessica Biel, Lena Dunham, Jane Fonda, Karlie Kloss, Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani, Nicole Richie, Sheryl Sandberg, Gloria Steinem, Bozoma Saint John, Cleo Wade and Lena Waithe among participants scheduled to take the stage to raise their voice

NEW YORK, NY – January 17, 2018 – Female storytelling platform and feminist media brand MAKERS announced today the initial lineup for The 2018 MAKERS Conference, which will take place February 5-7, 2018 at NeueHouse Hollywood in Los Angeles, California. The event will also livestream on MAKERS.com/conference and across the Oath family of brands including: Yahoo, AOL, HuffPost and BUILD Series, among others. With women raising their voices today on every continent, in every industry and at every level, the fourth MAKERS Conference will take this #RaiseYourVoice movement to the next level, bringing together hundreds of trailblazing leaders and exploring new ways to make shock waves, unleash a collective power, and lift each other up to fight for causes that matter. Additionally, this year's Conference expands the MAKERS experience to college students, through a partnership with USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, continuing to deepen MAKERS' commitment to help cultivate the leaders of tomorrow.

Scheduled to join MAKERS for conversations that inspire every woman to #RaiseYourVoice include: Jessica Biel, Lena Dunham, Jane Fonda, Karlie Kloss, Sallie Krawcheck, Malcolm D. Lee, Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani, Saundra Pelletier, Sheryl Sandberg, Gloria Steinem, Bozoma Saint John, Cleo Wade and Lena Waithe. Dozens of other notable actors, influencers and business leaders will also take the stage including: Female farmworkers activist and Alianza Nacional de Campesinas' Co-founder and President Mónica Ramírez, lawyer and Restaurant Opportunities Centers United Co-founder and President Saru Jayaraman, Baby2Baby Co-Presidents Norah Weinstein, Kelly Sawyer Patricof and Board Member and Ambassador Nicole Richie, and 11-year old female scientist and Flint, Michigan water crisis advocate Gitanjali Rao. Engaging in conversations on sexual harassment, equal pay, representation in tech and the hidden figures of history, Conference participants will lead powerful dialogues throughout the three-day event. More information on The 2018 MAKERS Conference can be found at MAKERS.com and Facebook.com/MAKERSwomen. More speakers will be announced at a later date.

Participants of The 2018 MAKERS Conference will also include MAKERS@ members – a network of companies who are celebrating and empowering their game-changing female employees by partnering with MAKERS. 2018 MAKERS@ partners include: 23andMe, 72andSunny, A+E Networks, Accenture, Adobe, Aetna, AT&T, BBDO, Bloomberg, CA Technologies, Caterpillar Foundation, Cognizant, Dermalogica, Facebook, GE, Getty Images, Goldman Sachs, Google, Hulu, iHeart Media, Kaiser Foundation, Kaplan & Co., Lightspeed Venture Partners, L'Oreal, LinkedIn, Lionsgate, lululemon, MailChimp, Mattel, McKinsey & Company, Medialink, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, National Geographic, NBCUniversal, The New York Times, Oath, Ogilvy, Omnicom Group, Oracle Data Cloud, Paramount, PayPal, R/GA, Refinery29, RRE Ventures, Sleep Number, Turner, Twitter, Uber, UBS, UMWW, Under Armour, Unilever, Univision, Verizon, Visa and Zenith Media. Additionally, lululemon will serve as the inaugural wellness partner of The 2018 MAKERS Conference.

"The MAKERS Conference isn't just a conference - it's history in the making. We are amidst a seismic change in the women's movement, and MAKERS is proud to be leading the conversation towards real change," said Dyllan McGee, founder and executive producer of MAKERS. "As a feminist media brand, we stand in solidarity with those who have spoken out against sexual harassment. In support of them and all women fighting for equality on every front, we are ready to raise our voices louder than ever before."

The 2018 MAKERS Conference will stream live February 5-7, 2018 on MAKERS.com/conference and on Facebook.com/MAKERSwomen.

Alongside The 2018 MAKERS Conference, Oath, MAKERS' parent company, will host the inaugural in-person meeting of its Board of Advisors, chaired by MAKER Serena Williams, on the afternoon of Monday, February 5, 2018 in Los Angeles. Oath Advisors will share their invaluable brand expertise with Oath leadership and will also take part in the Conference.

For more information on MAKERS and The 2018 MAKERS Conference, sign up for the weekly newsletter at MAKERS.com and follow @MAKERSwomen on Twitter and Instagram and on Facebook at Facebook.com/MAKERSwomen. Join the conversation online with #RaiseYourVoice and #MAKERSConference2018.

About MAKERS
MAKERS is a feminist media brand that tells the stories of today's trailblazing women to inspire the changeMAKERS of tomorrow. Using visual storytelling, podcasts, live events, Emmy-nominated documentaries, and award-winning digital content, MAKERS has been at the forefront of the feminist movement, uniting women in every industry, at every level around the issues that matter to them most. As the largest video collection of women's profiles ever assembled, MAKERS empowers women to change the world one story at a time. Today, MAKERS.com features over 4,500 videos and the personal stories of more than 400 women and men who champion equality. Current MAKERS include: Hillary Rodham Clinton; media mogul & philanthropist Oprah Winfrey; writer, actor, producer Lena Dunham; U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg; artist Alicia Keys, fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg, writer and producer Shonda Rhimes, YouTube sensation Lilly Singh; singer/songwriter John Legend, athlete Russell Wilson, actor Justin Baldoni, and more. For more information, visit MAKERS.com

About Oath
Oath, a subsidiary of Verizon, is a values-led company committed to building brands people love. We reach over one billion people around the world with a dynamic house of media and technology brands. A global leader in digital and mobile, Oath is shaping the future of media. For more information visit Oath.com.

Press Contact:
Brittany Forgione, Oath/MAKERS, Brittany.forgione@oath.com

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