• Women in Focus 2017

Dodge College of Film & Media Arts


Women in Focus Conference

» A panel of the most prominent women in the industry participating in an open discussion

Women in Focus is an annual conference featuring a panel of the most prominent women in the film profession participating in an open discussion with students and the community regarding their personal experiences in the industry. 

These women have proven themselves not only as talented business women, but also as driven risk-takers, unafraid to challenge themselves to tell stories from their hearts, openly and honestly.  These women discuss the strengths of not having “egos bigger than the task at hand” and the problems of “forgetting to fight for ourselves” in the process of fighting for the movie and the other artists with whom they work.  They share their trials and triumphs, clearly showing themselves as outstanding role models for any young person seeking to enter the highly competitive entertainment industry.

+ - 19th Annual Women in Focus Conference

The Streaming Era

Streaming platforms like Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube have altered the film and media landscape, dawning the new golden age of media. The drive for new content offers creators more opportunities to tell truly unique and innovative stories. Join us as we gather to hear from female leaders guiding us during these exciting times.

Our panelists will offer up-to-the-minute ideas and trends afloat in their world as well as a glimpse of what is to come. Become a part of the discussion at this year's conference.

Friday, April 20, 1:30 p.m.
Folino Theater | Marion Knott Studios

Admission is complimentary. Registration is required. 

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+ - 2018 Panelists

We are pleased to announce the following panelists for the 2018 conference:

Amanda Barclay is a network executive for YouTube Originals covering scripted development and current programming for the YouTube Red platform. She focuses on the development of new series/features as well as maintaining day-to-day oversight of current productions.

Dorothy Fortenberry is currently a writer/producer on the second season of the Emmy Award-winning The Handmaid's Tale on Hulu. Prior to that, she was on the writing staff for three seasons of the CW hit series The 100, beginning with its inaugural season.

Winnie Kemp serves as Senior Vice President of television development at Super Deluxe, a disruptive entertainment brand dedicated to cultivating diverse auteurs and amplifying unconventional creative voices. Her projects include Chambers, This Close, and Caring.

Bonnie Pan is the Head of Network for AwesomenessTV. She manages the strategy and programming for all video and editorial content across AwesomenessTV’s YouTube channel, all social video platforms, and all owned and operated platforms including Awesomeness News.

Rachel Skidmore the Vice President of Emerging Platforms, Skybound Entertainment, oversees the slate of premium, non-traditional content, VR/AR projects, and other innovative partnerships. Skidmore is known for her work as an executive producer on the first-ever scripted virtual reality series for Samsung VR, Gone.

Dawn Taubin will moderate this year's panel. Taubin most recently served as Chief Marketing Officer for DreamWorks Animation, managing the global marketing and distribution operations for the studio’s theatrical and television properties. Among the films marketed under her leadership are the Harry Potter Series, The Matrix trilogy.

+ - 2018 Sponsors

Dodge College thanks its sponsors for their generosity in supporting the 2018 Women in Focus Conference:

Twyla Reed Martin, Eve Kornyei Ruffatto, Harriet Sandhu, and Bonny Schumacher.