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SheKnows Media #BlogHer18 Brought Out Jessica Alba, Uzo Aduba, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Christy Turlington Burns and More

SheKnows Media #BlogHer18 Brought Out Jessica Alba, Uzo Aduba, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Christy Turlington Burns and More

The second and final day of the 14th annual SheKnows Media #BlogHer18 Creators Summit was filled with over 2,000 female content creators, social media influencers, and entrepreneurs throughout the two day-long summit.

Sophia Chabbott and Brooklyn Decker speak onstage at BlogHer 2018 Summit at Pier 17 in New York City.

Attendees enjoyed a variety of panel discussions featuring speakers such as Jessica Alba, Uzo Aduba, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Christy Turlington Burns, Evan Sharp and more (see quotes & more details below).

JJ Ramberg of MSNBC emceed #ThePitch, where four entrepreneurs took the stage to share their elevator pitches, hear mentor feedback in real-time from guest judges Anu Duggal (Female Founders Fun), Gianne Doherty (W.E.L.L. Summit), Rachel Drori (Daily Harvest), and Simone de la Rue (Body by Simone), and compete to win $50,000 in marketing and media from SheKnows Media. Votes were cast by summit guests throughout the afternoon and the winner, Denise Woodard of Partake, was announced by Jessica Alba.

SheKnows Media’s Gen Z initiative #HatchKids took the stage, marking its fourth year educating the next generation of thought leaders. Reed Dillon (13) and Gabrielle Cayo (13) interviewed young adult novelist Angie Thomas, who writes about someone drawn to activism after she witnesses the police shooting of her friend. Through the Hatch program, SheKnows aim’s to give tweens and teens a voice to discuss digital literacy and the

Specific panel highlights below:

Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba

  • Jessica Alba closed out the night speaking with CEO of SheKnows Media, Samantha Skey, about how she went from actress to visionary entrepreneur with the Honest Company. Alba spoke about why she created the Honest Company and how there wasn’t a space like this in the marketplace before. Alba had an allergic reaction to baby laundry detergent about 11 years ago when she was pregnant with her first child, which made her question all products that were being used in her house and what was in them. Through intense research, Alba learned that there are many untested, potentially harmful chemicals that are used in everyday products and even baby products. “I wanted to create clean, safe products that were affordable and cute. I couldn’t find that in the marketplace,” Alba said. Throughout the process of starting this business, Alba was constantly told it was impossible and that “I was an actress and what did I know?” However, Alba persevered and pushed through “doing whatever she needed to do to move her business forward.” Alba stressed, “The baby steps to get there are even more important and also knowing what it is you’re good at.” Alba spoke about her background and how she “started from the bottom” and there was “nowhere to go but up.” Coming from a poor family in Pomona, CA where her parents worked three jobs each her entire life, she had to “work harder than everyone else” and “learn about everything she didn’t know.” Alba also touched on the Honest Company’s family leave policies and practices both for men and women. “Every time I went back to work after having one of my children, I cried. I know what a fragile time it is for parents. Honest Company does 16 weeks paid for women and 8 weeks paid for men, Alba said.

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    Uzo Adub

    Uzo Adub

  • Uzo Aduba joined Rachel Terrace, CMO of TIME’S UP, for a candid discussion on the early beginnings of TIME’S UP and Uzo’s involvement and passion for the organization. Aduba shared her belief in the power of women coming together to serve a common goal and the realization of how that strength vibrates within those involved in and supporting TIME’S UP. “Women were grabbing the injustices and disservices that have been affecting the industry for years,” Aduba stated. “It is important to not be a victim, but to be the change leaders. Call things by their name. Take the leadership seat, rather than the backseat.” The audience leaned in as she shared the positive difference in experiences on the set of Orange Is The New Black, having “never worked in an environment before that was driven by and performed by so many women nor a single show with so many different types of women being represented both in front of the camera and behind.” Working on a female lead play was the last time she felt this way. “I remember how powerful that room felt, how creative, and how safe,” Aduba said.  Rachel led the discussion into the meaning of “intersectionality,” a core value at TIME’S UP. The conversation closed with a powerful message from Aduba – “We are all in everyone’s fight. Everyone is suffering. My fight is your fight. Until we understand what that means, there will be no change. We are living in a place where people aren’t equal. Until everyone is being treated the exact same, no one here is safe. You have to fight for everybody and use your voice for everyone.” “We are dominated by a society that exists through imaging and images. I think it is important that the images that are put out into the world represent all kinds of people. Make sure that every single group is being seen. On all ends of the industry, making sure that people are represented everywhere.”

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    Senator Kirsten Gillibrand,Christy Turlington Burns

    Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Christy Turlington Burns

  • Senator Kirsten Gillibrand & Christy Turlington Burns sat down for a moving conversation on women’s reproductive health, motherhood and maternal policies, the state of women’s healthcare, and  the importance of mentorship and role models. “My mom taught me to dare to be different, she dared me to be fearless about doing the things that are hard,” said Gillibrand about her mother and grandmother. “When I see a woman working hard and trying to accomplish what she believes in, then I can fight for what I need to fight for. Women are the solution. I would use every platform you have to tell your own story,” she continued. On the subject of women’s reproductive health, Gillibrand urged women to fight hard and stand up if they’re angry. “They should be angry, she said. “Just articulate how you feel and why you think it’s  dangerous. If we are not heard in this moment our rights will be taken away for the next generation. The status of reproductive freedom in this country is already changing things.” An audience member brought the house to a standing ovation during the panel’s Q&A, sharing her 12 year-long involvement in federal government as a senior advisor and the importance of everyone continuing to fight for women’s and humans rights. She stressed, “There are so many good people out there fighting for our rights, but we need to continue to not get distracted” as the room was brought to tears and stood to acknowledge her. Gillibrand commended her “raw emotion”, agreeing with the need “to continue fighting for what’s right.” The moment ended in a laugh as the guest jokingly asked for a job and Senator Gillibrand offered her business card.

  • Evan Sharp

    Evan Sharp

  • Evan Sharp, the Co-Founder of Pinterest and sole male speaker during the #BlogHer18 Creators Summit, sat down with Kassidy Brown, Co-Founder of We Are The XX,  to discuss the ever-evolving platform. Eight years ago Sharp, an architect at the time, started Pinterest with a friend while working out of an Upper West Side Wholefoods. Now with 200 million users per month, Sharp defined Pinterest to the audience as “being yourself and not your selfie,” he said.  “Pinterest is the place to showcase what you’re doing and to help inspire hundreds of millions of people do the same.” The two discussed strategy behind hiring for executive roles and Pinterest’s “conscious and deliberate efforts to build a representative employee base.” Sharp closed with what is in store for Pinterest’s future. “My number one priority is the business and the creators. I want to inspire people and understand how others ideas impact people’s lives. I’m excited to build a beautiful relationship between influencers and the community and see what it does for people in the world.”

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Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. Currently she has a screenplay in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She was the Broadway Informer on the all access cable TV Show “The New Yorkers,” soon to be “The Tourist Channel.” email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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