This week Neon Entertainment is focusing our attention on the amazing, strong, and successful women of the entertainment industry. Each of the five woman listed below are positive role models that have been empowering young girls for years.
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1. Valerie Jarrett
Valerie B. Jarrett is a senior advisor to the Obama Foundation and Attn and a Senior Distinguished Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School. She also serves on the boards of Ariel Capital Management Holdings, 2U, and Lyft.
Ms. Jarrett was the longest serving Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama. She oversaw the Offices of Public Engagement and Intergovernmental Affairs and Chaired the White House Council on Women and Girls. She championed the creation of equality and opportunity for all Americans, and economically and politically empowering women in the United States and around the world.
Ms. Jarrett has also received numerous awards and honorary degrees, including TIME’s “100 Most Influential People.”
2. Patty Jenkins
Patty Jenkins is a writer/director best known for directing WONDER WOMAN, the Warner Bros./DC Comics blockbuster of 2017, and her debut feature MONSTER, the Charlize Theron starrer that went on to sweep the awards and earn Charlize the Oscar amongst every acting award of the year.
Patty began her career as a painter at The Cooper Union in New York City. Upon transitioning to filmmaking, she spent eight years as an Assistant Camera Person/Focus Puller on commercials. After attending the AFI in Los Angeles, she wrote and directed Monster. Jenkins went on to direct many TV programs including Fox’s Arrested Development and HBO’s Entourage.
In 2017, Jenkins broke the record for Biggest Grossing Live-Action Film Directed by a Woman, Domestic and Worldwide, with Wonder Woman. The film simultaneously smashed box office records and received critical acclaim, it has grossed a worldwide total of more than $814.4 million to date.
3. Ginger Hardage
Ginger Hardage recently retired as Senior Vice President of Culture and Communications at Southwest Airlines after an illustrious 25 years, where she served as a member of the CEO’s executive leadership team. Recognized by many as a foremost global authority on building and sustaining organizational culture, Ginger was responsible for the activities that nourished the culture and the internal and external communications function.
Ginger currently serves as a Trustee on two global boards—Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Arthur Page Society. In Dallas, she serves on the board of The Trinity Park Conservancy, was recently President of the Trinity Commons Foundation, and is an advisory board member for the City of Dallas’ Center for Performance Excellence.
In 2017, Ginger launched Unstoppable Cultures, a brand designed to help organizations create and sustain cultures of enduring greatness. Ginger’s expertise and worldwide recognition is highly sought-after as a consultant and speaker.
4. Mindy Kaling
Mindy Kaling is an actor, writer, producer, and director. She currently stars in the Hulu original comedy series The Mindy Project, which she also writes and executive produces. In 2013, The Mindy Project was nominated for a Writers Guild Award for New Series. In 2014, Mindy and the show earned nominations from the Television Critics Association for Individual Achievement in Comedy and Outstanding Achievement in Comedy respectively. Mindy also earned an NAACP Image Award nomination for her performance on the show in 2014.
Before The Mindy Project, Mindy was best known for her work on the critically acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning NBC show The Office. In addition to directing, producing, and portraying celebrity-obsessed Kelly Kapoor, Mindy wrote 18 episodes of the series, including the Emmy nominated episode “Niagra.”
Aside from her work in film and television, Mindy is the author of the comedic memoir Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns), which continues to be featured on New York Times’ and USA Today’s bestseller lists. Mindy’s second memoir Why Not Me? was released in September 2015 and is currently featured on the New York Times’ bestseller list.
5. Jen Sincero
Jen Sincero is a New York Times best-selling author, speaker and success coach who has helped countless people transform their personal and professional lives via her public appearances, coaching seminars, online courses, her New York Times best-selling book, You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life and her latest book, You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth. She’s spoken on stages all over the world to everyone from entrepreneurs to multi-national corporations to non-profits to educational institutions, and has coached full-on superheroes, helping countless people build their dream businesses, become New York Times best-selling authors, navigate million dollar business deals, find their soul mates and forgive their bitchy mothers who they now realize were just doing the best they could.
Jen and her work have appeared in a variety of media outlets including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Comedy Central, Interview Magazine, Bloomberg, Cosmo, Allure, Oprah Magazine and The Howard Stern Show, from which she is still recovering.