Actor, advocate, archer Geena Davis to speak at PCMA Convening Leaders

Geena Davis

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

Academy Award-winning actor Geena Davis will keynote the 2019 PCMA Convening Leaders, the premier annual event for the business events industry, on Jan. 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, considered the Super Bowl of the business events industry. 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.

“We are thrilled to count Geena Davis among the powerful influencers joining us at Convening Leaders,” said Sherrif Karamat, CAE, PCMA’s President and CEO. “We sought her because she is a champion for social change, and that is paramount to PCMA.”

Davis is recognized for her tireless 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 Jan. 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.

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About the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media at Mount Saint Mary’s

Founded by Academy-Award® winning actor Geena Davis in 2004, the first and only research-based organization which is successfully influencing media and entertainment companies to dramatically improve the quality and quantity of female characters in media aimed at children 11 and under.

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