Variety Announces Initial Programming for Power of Women Conversations Presented by Lifetime

Variety has reimagined its popular Power of Women luncheon as a virtual summit to take place on Oct. 28 and 29. The conversations will celebrate female executives, producers, and talent who create content that inspire and promote social good.

This year’s Power of Women issue, to be released on October 28th, will feature the Women of “Grey’s Anatomy.” The story will celebrate the show’s influence throughout the years. As part of the Power of Women conversations, Ellen Pompeo (Star and Producer); Chandra Wilson (Star and Director); Debbie Allen (Executive Producer, Director, Recurring Star) and Krista Vernoff (Executive Producer and Showrunner) will sit for a roundtable discussion on what’s to come for the upcoming season and how the show has always empowered dynamic female leadership – in front of and behind the camera.

Fair Fight Action Founder Stacey Abrams alongside award-winning filmmakers Liz Garbus and Lisa Cortés will participate in the panel “All In: Why Women Will Determine the 2020 Presidential Election.” The dialogue will focus on the urgent role women have in the upcoming election and what is necessary to increase voter turnout.

Variety’s Business Editor Cynthia Littleton will conduct a keynote conversation with Ann Sarnoff, Head of Studios and Networks Group, WarnerMedia. The discussion will focus on the future path for WarnerMedia, inclusion in the workplace and managing creative organizations.

Littleton will also speak with one of America’s leading voices in finance, Mellody Hobson, Co-CEO and President of Ariel Investments. Hobson will discuss the state of the content industry and the status of female executives, investors and entrepreneurs in media and entertainment.

Jessica Chastain and Kelly Carmichael will delve into how their new female-run production company is creating content with female protagonists and their upcoming projects including “355” and “The Eyes of Tammy Faye.” Variety’s Editor-at-Large, Kate

Variety Announces Initial Programming for Power of Women Conversations

Variety has reimagined its popular Power of Women luncheon as a virtual summit to take place on Oct. 28 and 29. The conversations will celebrate female executives, producers, and talent who create content that inspire and promote social good.

This year’s Power of Women issue, to be released on October 28th, will feature the Women of “Grey’s Anatomy.” The story will celebrate the show’s influence throughout the years. As part of the Power of Women conversations, Ellen Pompeo (Star and Producer); Chandra Wilson (Star and Director); Debbie Allen (Executive Producer, Director, Recurring Star) and Krista Vernoff (Executive Producer and Showrunner) will sit for a roundtable discussion on what’s to come for the upcoming season and how the show has always empowered dynamic female leadership – in front of and behind the camera.

Fair Fight Action Founder Stacey Abrams alongside award-winning filmmakers Liz Garbus and Lisa Cortés will participate in the panel “All In: Why Women Will Determine the 2020 Presidential Election.” The dialogue will focus on the urgent role women have in the upcoming election and what is necessary to increase voter turnout.

Variety’s Business Editor Cynthia Littleton will conduct a keynote conversation with Ann Sarnoff, Head of Studios and Networks Group, WarnerMedia. The discussion will focus on the future path for WarnerMedia, inclusion in the workplace and managing creative organizations.

Littleton will also speak with one of America’s leading voices in finance, Mellody Hobson, Co-CEO and President of Ariel Investments. Hobson will discuss the state of the content industry and the status of female executives, investors and entrepreneurs in media and entertainment.

Jessica Chastain and Kelly Carmichael will delve into how their new female-run production company is creating content with female protagonists and their upcoming projects including “355” and “The Eyes of Tammy Faye.” Variety’s Editor-at-Large, Kate

UMMS diversity and inclusion programming to feature campus read, community conversations, diversity summit

© Ibram X. Kendi

UMass Medical School will hold a series of events this fall to help align and anchor diversity and inclusion programming, according to Chancellor Michael F. Collins and Terence R. Flotte, MD, executive deputy chancellor, provost and dean of the School of Medicine.

They said it remains one of their highest priorities to bring together members of the academic community for exploration and discussion of ideas that challenge, open minds, broaden perspectives, advance the institution’s mission, and ultimately create deeper connections among all who work and learn at UMMS.

The medical school community is invited to participate in a “Campus Read,” featuring the book, How to Be an Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi, PhD.

Dr. Kendi, an award-winning author and one of the nation’s leading scholars and historians of racism, recently joined Boston University as a professor and founding director of the BU Center for Antiracist Research.

UMMS has purchased a limited number of electronic copies of How to Be an Antiracist, which can be read on a Nook eReader (the eReader is available as a free download from the Barnes & Noble website). Email the Diversity and Inclusion Office at diversity@umassmed.edu for instructions on receiving a free copy.

Leading up to discussion about the book, all UMMS community members are invited to participate in campus-wide online conversations. Each of the following conversations will take place from noon – 1 p.m. and will also be recorded and shared on the UMMS Diversity in Action website. Upcoming emails from DIO Events will provide further information and registration details.

Community conversations include:

Oct. 21 – A Conversation on Gender Equity, led by Mary Ellen Lane, PhD, dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and interim vice provost for faculty affairs. Invited guest speaker: Gayle Capozzalo, executive director of