• Women in Focus 2017

Dodge College of Film & Media Arts


Women in Focus Conference

» A panel of the most prominent women in the industry participating in an open discussion

Women in Focus is an annual conference featuring a panel of the most prominent women in the film profession participating in an open discussion with students and the community regarding their personal experiences in the industry. 

These women have proven themselves not only as talented business women, but also as driven risk-takers, unafraid to challenge themselves to tell stories from their hearts, openly and honestly.  These women discuss the strengths of not having “egos bigger than the task at hand” and the problems of “forgetting to fight for ourselves” in the process of fighting for the movie and the other artists with whom they work.  They share their trials and triumphs, clearly showing themselves as outstanding role models for any young person seeking to enter the highly competitive entertainment industry.

+ - Save the Date

Save the Date for our 20th annual Women in Focus Conference:

Friday, March 29, 2019
1:30 p.m. | Folino Theater

This event is free and open to the public. 

Registration will open on Monday, January 28, 2019. 

+ - 19th Annual Women in Focus Conference

On Friday, April 20, 2018 Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts welcomed a crowd of more than 400 to Folino Theater in Marion Knott Studios for the 19th annual conference. Students, alumni and industry representatives turned out to hear a panel featuring Dorothy Fortenberry, writer/producer on the second season of the Emmy Award-winning The Handmaid's Tale on Hulu; Scripted Current and Development Executive for YouTubeOriginals, Amanda Barclay (12 Deadly Days, Good Game, and Youth & Consequences); Head of Network for AwesomenessTV, Bonnie Pan (Capturing Everest, Keys Of Christmas, What We Teach Girls); Vice President of Emerging Platforms at Skybound and Chapman alumna, Rachel Skidmore (class of 2010) (Gone, Robert Kirkman’s Secret History of Comics); and SVP of Television Development at Super Deluxe, Winnie Kemp (This Close, Chambers, Caring).

The panel was moderated by marketing maverick Dawn Taubin who most recently served as Chief Marketing Officer for DreamWorks Animation where she managed the global marketing and distribution operations for the studio’s theatrical and television properties. Films marketed under her leadership include the Harry Potter Series and The Matrix trilogy. Discussion focused on the paths these women have taken and the challenges they face in the industry as it continues to change today.

In addition to the panel discussion, the afternoon included a luncheon and awards presentation, and a networking mixer.

Thank you to all who participated - this conference wouldn't be a success without you!

+ - 2018 Sponsors

Dodge College thanks its sponsors for their generosity in supporting the 2018 Women in Focus Conference:

Twyla Reed Martin, Eve Kornyei Ruffatto, Harriet Sandhu, and Bonny Schumacher.