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2012 Keynote Speakers

JenniferSiebelNewsom_HeadshotKeynote Address: Jennifer Siebel Newsom—Miss Representation

Please join us on Thursday, May 10, 2012, as Jennifer Siebel Newsom exposes how American youth are being sold the concept that women and girls’ value lies in their youth, beauty and sexuality. Her organization and film, Miss Representation, seeks to empower women and girls to challenge limiting media labels in order to realize their potential.

As a filmmaker, actress, and advocate for women, girls, and their families, Jennifer Siebel Newsom wrote, directed, and produced the 2011 Sundance documentary Miss Representation, which explores how the media’s misrepresentations of women contribute to the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence. In addition to the film, Newsom launched MissRepresentation.org, a call-to-action campaign that gives women and girls the tools to realize their full potential.

As an actress, Newsom appeared in In the Valley of Elah, Something’s Gotta Give, Rent, Life, Mad Men, Trauma, and Numb3rs.  Her other credits include Executive Producer of the 2012 Sundance documentary The Invisible War and she is currently in pre-production on her next documentary film. As founder and CEO of Girls Club Entertainment, LLC, she develops and produces independent films that empower women. Newsom currently serves as a board director of KQED; a member of the Girl Scouts Healthy MEdia: Commission for Positive Images of Women and Girls; an advisory board member of Emerge America; and an honorary board member of the International Museum of Women.

Anna-Post-72dpiKeynote Address: Anna Post—Personal Skills for Professional Success

Please join us on Friday, May 11, 2012, as Anna Post from the Emily Post Institute delivers actionable tools for building business relationships, provides answers to dealing with difficult customers and associate situations, as well as communication etiquette in today’s transportation industry.

Anna Post is the great-great-granddaughter of Emily Post, and a co-author of the Emily Post’s Etiquette, 18th edition. She is also the co-author of Great Get-Togethers, and the author of Mr. Manners: Lessons from Obama on CivilityDo I Have To Wear White? Emily Post Answers America's Top Wedding Questions, and Emily Post’s Wedding Parties.

Anna is a popular etiquette source for media outlets such as USA TodayThe New York Times, the Associated Press, The Wall Street JournalThe Los Angeles Times, BBC.com, and Real Simple,and has appeared on The Today Show, The Early Show, Good Morning America, MSNBC, FOX and Friends, and NPR.

Anna has worked for the Motion Picture Association of America and in the Washington, D.C., office of Senator Patrick Leahy. A graduate of Phillips Academy and the University of Vermont, she currently lives in Burlington, Vermont.

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