Geena Davis

Academy Award winner Geena Davis is one of Hollywood’s most respected actors, appearing in several roles that became cultural landmarks.

Davis received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as the offbeat dog trainer Muriel Pritchett in Lawrence Kasdan’s The Accidental Tourist. She was again nominated for an Academy Award and Golden Globe for her performance in Ridley Scott’s Thelma & Louise, in which she co-starred with Susan Sarandon. Davis went on to receive a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress for her portrayal of baseball phenomenon ‘Dottie Hinson’ in A League of Their Own.

Earning the 2006 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama, Davis broke ground in her portrayal of the first female President of the United States in ABC’s hit show Commander in Chief.

Davis made her feature film debut starring opposite Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie. She went on to star in such films as The FlyBeetlejuiceAngieThe Long Kiss Goodnight and Stuart Little.

Few have achieved such remarkable success in as many different fields as Davis has: she is not only an Oscar and Golden Globe-winning actor, but a world-class athlete (at one time the nation’s 13th-ranked archer), a member of the genius society Mensa, and is now recognized for her tireless advocacy of women and girls nearly as much as for her acting accomplishments. She is the Founder and Chair of the non-profit Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, which engages film and television creators to dramatically increase the percentages of female characters — and reduce gender stereotyping — in media made for children 11 and under.

Davis was appointed Special Envoy for Women and Girls in ICT for the UN’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU), and is an official partner of UN Women. She is also co-founder and chair of the Bentonville Film Festival (BFF), whose mission is to champion women and diverse voices in all forms of media.

Geena Davis and festival co-founder Trevor Drinkwater founded the Bentonville Film Festival in 2015 to champion women in media. BFF’s mission is to encourage content creation in film and other forms of media that reflects the diverse — and half female — world we live in. BFF proactively supports content creation by women and diverse voices with a platform to showcase their work and, with the help of our partners, is the only film competition in the world to guarantee theatrical, television, digital and retail home entertainment distribution for its winners. The Festival takes place in early May in Bentonville, Arkansas and is research-based and commercially driven.

Recently, Davis starred in 20th Century Fox’s The Exorcist; a serialized psychological thriller based on the 1971 book of the same name, Marjorie Prime, based on the Award-Winning play and Dear Angelica, one of the first VR narrative films from Occulus.

Davis holds honorary degrees from Boston University, Bates College and New England College.

Eva Longoria

Eva Longoria is a Golden Globe-nominated, Screen Actors Guild- and ALMA Award-winning actress, producer, director, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and Desperate Housewives alum. Her greatest work is as a champion of women, the Latino community and youth with special needs.

She established The Eva Longoria Foundation to help Latinas build better futures for themselves and their families through education and entrepreneurship. Foundation programs help Latinas achieve their full potential through parent engagement, mentorship, extracurricular participation, STEM education, microloans and other high- potential interventions.

In addition to her Foundation, Longoria co-founded Eva’s Heroes in 2006. Eva’s Heroes enriches the lives of those with intellectual special needs by providing an inclusive setting built on the four tenets of interact, grow, learn and love.

Longoria is also the spokesperson for Padres Contra el Cancer, a nonprofit organization that is committed to improving the quality of life for Latino children with cancer and their families.

Longoria was named “Philanthropist of the Year” by The Hollywood Reporter and honored by Variety with a Lifetime Achievement Award for their Power of Women issue. Longoria has received countless other awards for her philanthropy and activism including the prestigious Dorothy I. Height Racial Justice Award by the YWCA USA; the Norma Zarky Humanitarian Award from the Women in Film during their annual Crystal + Lucy Awards; and the National Hispanic Foundation for the Art’s Horizon Award.

Longoria also executive produced, in collaboration with Academy Award-nominated Shine Global, the documentary Harvest, which focuses on the plight of the estimated 500,000 child farm workers whose tireless efforts help feed America. Longoria executive produced her second documentary, Food Chains, a film that also exposes the current and historic exploitation of farm workers, including stunning revelations that thousands of laborers in our nation’s fields are held as modern day slaves. Longoria is currently producing her third documentary, Our Time, which explores the power of the Latino vote.

After Longoria was named as Forbes’ "Highest Paid TV actress" in 2011, she switched her focus to working behind the scenes. Last year she sold nine projects and was fiercely sought after by both ABC and NBC to make a return to primetime television. Longoria currently stars on the NBC half-hour comedy, Telenovela, which she also executive produces. She is additionally executive producer of Lifetime’s hit one-hour dramedy Devious Maids. The show follows the trials and tribulations of five Latina women who work as maids in Beverly Hills and was just renewed for a fourth season. She will be producing two more projects for NBC – the comedy Bonita & Mechelle co-produced with Will Packer and an untitled ‘Texas Ranger’ comedy.

Longoria is set to star opposite Academy Award-nominee Demian Bichir in the feature film Low Riders. Longoria also recently starred in the feature films Refugio, Any Day, and the critically acclaimed feature film Frontera. Longoria also recently guest starred in the Golden Globe Award-winning FOX comedy series, Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

Longoria owns BESO Hollywood, her production company, UnbeliEVAble Entertainment and has a New York Times best-selling cookbook Eva's Kitchen: Cooking With Love for Family and Friends.

Shiza Shahid

Shiza Shahid is an entrepreneur, investor, technologist, activist, and world-renowned impact leader. She co-founded the Malala Fund with Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, and led the organization as founding CEO, focusing on creating access to high quality education for all children around the world.

Shiza is passionate about the future of technology and the powerful impact it can have on people’s lives, and actively invests in startups that have the potential to advance humanity.

A former business analyst with McKinsey & Co, Shiza has her finger on the pulse of economic and technology trends around the globe. In partnership with AngelList, the largest Venture Capital Platform in the world, Shiza launched NOW Ventures through which she invests in mission-driven tech startups that are solving the world’s most pressing challenges through technology, innovation, and high-growth business models. Shiza is also the founder of The Collective, a community of leading entrepreneurs that come together to build collaborative change.

Widely recognized for her humanitarian work and tech innovation, Shiza has receiving many awards as a thought leader. She was named one of TIME's "30 Under 30 People Changing the World," Forbes' "30 Under 30 - Social Entrepreneurs," and a Tribeca Institute Disruptive Innovator. She is a member of the WEF Global Agenda Council and has been featured in numerous publications, including Forbes, Fast Company, Elle, Glamour, Town and Country, The Edit, CNN, ABC, Al Jazeera, MSNBC, and others.

A prominent speaker, Shiza has spoken regularly at major international events, including Aspen Ideas Fest, Milken Global Institute, Forbes Women, Fortune Most Powerful Women, Inc Women, Women Moving Millions, the World Economic Forum, and others.

Shiza is also the host of the new USA Today show "ASPIREist," which inspires millennials to take action on the issues that matter most.

Shiza graduated from Stanford University with University Distinction and studied exponential technologies at Singularity University, which is dedicated to applying futuristic innovations to advancing humanity.

Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai is a 20 year-old Pakistani activist, student, and the youngest person ever awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Her human rights activism, specifically focused on educating women and girls, has spawned an international movement.

TIME magazine featured her as one of the world’s most influential people in 2013, 2014, and 2015.

Malala began her campaign for education at age 11, anonymously blogging for the BBC about life under the Taliban in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. Under the pen name “Gulmakai,” she wrote about the extremists' ban on girls’ education. Her activism forced Malala’s father Ziauddin, a lifelong educator, to close his school for fear of retaliation by the Taliban. The Yousafzai family fled their home for other parts of Pakistan, living as refugees in their own country.

At age 15, while returning home on the school bus, Malala was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen for speaking out for girls’ rights. The incident sparked international outrage and an investigation by the United Nations. After multiple surgeries and rehabilitation, Malala made a miraculous recovery, and went on to finish secondary school in the United Kingdom. Based out of Birmingham, she founded the Malala Fund, a non-profit organization fighting for girls’ education around the world, and in 2013 she co-authored international bestseller "I Am Malala."

In 2014, Malala was announced as the co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of her struggle against the oppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.

In 2015, Malala became the subject of the documentary "He Named Me Malala," which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. In 2017, Malala was accepted to Oxford University, where she is currently studying for her degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics.

Malala's next book, "We Are Displaced: True Stories of Refugee Lives," will be published in September 2018.

Tererai Trent

Dr. Tererai Trent, founder of Tinogona Foundation and inspirational speaker, has touched millions with her story—including Oprah Winfrey, who chose Dr. Trent as her “all-time favorite guest” after 25 years and more than 30,000 guests. Because of her amazing never-give-up attitude and desire to give back to others, Dr. Trent's life is an inspiration and a lesson in perseverance.

Dr. Trent is also featured in Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, a New York Times bestseller written by columnist Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.

In inspiring keynotes, Tererai Trent passionately commands a room as she talks about the power of dreaming with a purpose, the importance of education, women’s empowerment and the four Ps of women in leadership: power, passion, purpose, and procreation. Her eloquence and rich authenticity leave audiences with a lasting impression of what it means to overcome humble beginnings and to achieve one's dreams.

As a child growing up in a cattle-herding family in rural Zimbabwe, Dr. Trent dreamed of getting an education. Married young and the mother of three by age 18; she was bound to an abusive husband who beat her when she expressed her desire to learn. But Dr. Trent was undeterred. She met Jo Luck, a woman who worked for Heifer International and inspired the young mother with the words, “If you desire your dreams they are achievable.” Without a high school diploma and with only her mother’s encouragement to aim high, Tererai subsequently wrote down her five dreams on a scrap of paper; going to America to achieve a bachelor's, a master’s degree, and a doctorate degree along with the seemingly insurmountable goal of giving back to her community.

Sealed the list of dreams in a tin can, and buried the tin under a rock. In doing so, she became her own dream keeper and broke down the vicious cycle of poverty in her life despite facing incredible odds and many obstacles.

Today, Tererai earned her bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate degrees in the United States. Now, through her organization Tinogona, which means “it is achievable” in her native language, she is working to realize the last dream— “giving back to her community by creating educational opportunities for girls and women in Sub-Saharan Africa.”

In partnership with Oprah Winfrey and Save the Children, Dr. Trent is rebuilding 9 schools in her native country and improving learning for more than 4,000 girls and boys.

Currently an adjunct professor in Monitoring & Evaluation in Global Health at Drexel University, School of Public Health, Dr. Trent is a senior consultant with more than 18 years of international experience in program and policy evaluation, and has worked on five continents for major humanitarian organizations. As a fellow at the Center of AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS) at UC San Francisco, Dr. Trent conducted research on HIV prevention in Sub Saharan Africa with a special focus on women and girls.