Women’s Stories Spark Action at Annual MAKERS Conference
By Allie Kline, CMO of Oath and the Head of MAKERS
Do we have your attention yet?
They're calling it a movement, a spotlight on inequality and abuse, a tidal wave that has begun to shake our society of injustice. Though our collective voices may resonate louder than ever before, the change we seek will take time to materialize. Now is the moment to double down on what we believe in, to make sure this does not become old news or a fleeting trend.
So, do we have your attention yet?
One of the great honors of my professional life is working for a company that leads on these issues, even when it isn't necessarily en vogue to do so. Five years ago, Oath invested in a startup storytelling platform founded by Emmy award-winning filmmaker Dyllan McGee. Today, MAKERS hosts the largest collection of women's stories in the world, uniting some of the most influential women in business and changing the makeup of global leadership. Our conferences have enabled talented women to tackle a host of social issues, to share their stories and inspire each other, to take risks and be bold, and to never back down. Oath also created one of the first female-focused venture funds and communities—BBG Ventures and #BuiltByGirls, both of which believe the greatest untapped opportunity for venture capital lies in backing women who are using technology to address common life-challenges and transform daily habits.
But there's more work to be done.
Next week, we are gathering together a formidable group of women and men to progress the momentum for change. Across two-and-a-half days, the MAKERS Conference will feature speakers including Jane Fonda, Lena Waithe, Sheryl Sandberg, Natalie Portman, Jill Soloway, Liza Koshy, Gloria Steinem and Bozoma Saint John. All the sessions from the MAKERS Conference will be available via livestream in closed captioning February 5th through 7th at makers.com/conference, as well as many of the Oath brands like Yahoo, AOL, Huffington Post, and BUILD.
Until the world awakens to the everyday injustices women experience, until all women across all industries, races, orientations, abilities, backgrounds and beliefs are treated equally and fairly, we must continue to raise our voices and share our stories. And MAKERS will continue to provide the platform for doing just that. On behalf of all of us at MAKERS and at Oath, we invite you to #RaiseYourVoice and help us march toward a more equal tomorrow. Because it's true, we didn't come this far only to come this far.