2022 Mainstage Panels

and Reel Magic Mornings Discussions

Reel Magic Mornings with Dave and Jenny Marrs of FIXER TO FABULOUS

Wednesday, June 22, 2022 – Thaden School

9:00am – 10:00am

Kicking off the Coca-Cola Reel Magic Mornings Series, we will host a discussion with home renovators Dave and Jenny Marrs, who bring old houses back to life in HGTV’s Fixer to Fabulous. With a little love and a lot of talent, the husband-wife duo restore timeworn homes into contemporary living spaces in their hometown of Bentonville, Arkansas.

Speakers:

Kyle Kellams (Moderator) – News Director at KUAF

Dave Marrs, Builder and Craftsman

Jenny Marrs, Designer and Home Renovator

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PURPOSE DRIVEN PROGRESS

Wednesday, June 22, 2022 – Thaden School
11:00am – 12:00pm

True progress in changing minds, challenging traditions, and creating movements that stir and motivate audiences to take action can’t be made without a purpose. Join us for a dialogue with brand leaders on how they have implemented corporate initiatives to amplify social issues through their channels and the impact their campaigns have made in different communities.

Speakers:

Craig Robinson (Moderator) – EVP, Chief Diversity Officer, NBCUniversal

Jean Batthany, Chief Creative Officer at Walmart

Jane Hwang, Vice President of Global Marketing, M&M’S

Monica Gil – EVP, Chief Administrative and Marketing Officer for Telemundo Enterprises

Valerie Love, Senior Vice President Human Resources at The Coca-Cola Company

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Reel Magic Mornings with Virgie Tovar, Author of THE BODY POSITIVE JOURNAL

Thursday, June 23, 2022 – Thaden School
9:00am – 10:00am

Join in for a discussion with Author of THE BODY POSITIVE JOURNAL, Virgie Tovar, who is also an activist and one of the nation’s leading experts and lecturers on weight-based discrimination and body image.

Speakers:

Magdalena Arroyo (Moderator)

Virgie Tovar – Author, Activist

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FAT IN FRONT OF THE CAMERA: WHY IT MATTERS

Thursday, June 23, 2022 – Thaden School
11:00am – 12:00pm

Plus-size characters are often portrayed as immoral, insatiable, unlovable, and unidimensional. What needs to change about the way we as storytellers think about bodies? Join this panel for a lively discussion where you’ll learn what fatphobia is, innovations in representation since the advent of the Body Positivity and Fat Activism movements, and what’s possible for the future of plus-size representation on screen.

Speakers:

Elizabeth Kilpatrick (Moderator) – Senior Vice President, Development & Operations, GDIGM

Virgie Tovar – Author & Activist

Joy Nash – Actor, Dietland

Ashlie Atikinson – Actor, The Gilded Age

Jackie Schwartz – Film Producer

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Reel Magic Mornings – From the Bronx to Bentonville: A Conversation with the Team Behind Alma’s Way

Friday, June 24, 2022 – Thaden School

9:00am – 10:30pm

Alma’s Way follows 6-year-old Alma Rivera, a proud, confident Puerto Rican girl who lives in the Bronx with her family as well as a diverse group of close-knit and loving friends, family, and community members. Alma models self-awareness, responsible decision-making, and empathy, while encouraging kids to generate and value their own ideas and questions. Join Sonia Manzano(Creator and Executive Producer), Ellen Doherty (Executive Producer), and Olubunmi Mia Olufemi (Supervising Producer) for a screening and panel discussion about the making of the critically acclaimed animated series from Fred Rogers Productions on PBS KIDS.

Speakers:

Patricia Rodriguez (Moderator) – Client Advocate

Sonia Manzano, Creator and Executive Producer of ALMA’S WAY

Ellen Doherty, Chief Creative Officer of Fred Rogers Productions

Olubunmi Mia Olufemi, Supervising Producer of ALMA’S WAY

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IF SHE CAN SEE IT, SHE CAN BE IT

Friday, June 24, 2022 – Thaden School

11:00am – 12:00pm

A showcase of actors, content creators, and entertainment executives who have successfully created or worked with female driven content. The annual panel is moderated by Madeline Di Nonno, President & CEO of the Geena Davis Institute for Gender in Media, and has Academy Award winner and BFF Festival Chair, Geena Davis as a panelist.

Speakers:

Madeline Di Nonno (Moderator) – President and CEO, GDIGM

Geena Davis – Academy Award Winning Actor, Chair of BFF, Founder of GDIGM

Sonia Manzano – Actor, Writer and Speaker

Nancy Svendsen – Director, PASANG: IN THE SHADOW OF EVEREST

Jahmil Eady – Director, THE BOND

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