Celebrity Events

BFF will host several Celebrity Events, including a tribute to actor Meg Ryan and panel discussions featuring notable voices in the entertainment industry who will present on topics that support our mission of inclusion. Click on the panel name to get your tickets as these events sell out fast!

Friday, May 4, 11:30am–5:15pm, AMC Theatre at 21c

For the third year, BFF welcomes actor and filmmaker MegRyan, who will participate in a conversation about her career in front of and behind the camera, in between anniversary screenings of two classic Ryan/ Hanks collaborations. Ticket- holders have access to both Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail, and the conversation, which will be hosted by fellow actor Busy Philipps at 2:00pm.

11:30:  Sleepless in Seattle
2:00- 2:45 – Conversation between Meg Ryan and Busy Philipps
3:15:  You’ve Got Mail

Thursday May 3, 1:30PM–2:30PM, Record North
Featuring: Michele Sullivan (moderator), Dennis Williams, David Arquette, Claudia Romo Edelman, Shannon Lee

In an internet fueled, social media-driven world, companies and celebrity influencers have the ability and power to collaborate and inspire a meaningful impact. This panel will discuss the reality that millennials have demonstrated they care about companies that care about them. Therefore, how can media be utilized to communicate that companies have an interest in effecting positive change? How can it play a key role in amplifying social responsibility initiatives and inspiring creativity and innovation?

GAME CHANGERSPresented by Maybelline New York
Friday May 4, 1:30PM–2:30PM, Record North
Featuring: Debbie Matenopoulos (moderator), Matt Stutzman, Victoria Arlen, Monica Gonzalez

By definition a gamechanger is a newly introduced element or factor that changes an existing situation. What are basic lessons we all can learn and incorporate into our lives to give us a better chance to succeed? This panel will explore what these influencers and high performers do when challenges arise. What strategies did they use to persevere, change their own game, and inspire others to do the same.

NEXT GEN, Presented by L’Oreal and Maybelline New York
Friday May 4, 3:00PM–4:00PM, Record North
Featuring: Jasmin Savoy Brown, Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, Justin Prentice

The BFF adage “If They Can See It, They Can Be It” aims to effect change from a young age. These talented actors are the face of a generation of change, inclusion, diversity, and acceptance.

THE TIME IS NOWPresented by Mars
Saturday, May 5, 2018, 10:30AM–11:30AM, Record North
Featuring: Alysia Reiner, Geena Davis, Stephanie Beatriz, Natalie Morales

The lines between consumers, citizenship and brands, are blurred. In order to be relevant, consumers have a much higher expectation that brands reflect their values not only in their products and services, but in their workplaces and external messaging. Successful Brands are engaging with social impact issues that are complementary to their business. And, we’ve all seen what happens when the a brand’s business and social issue are not authentically aligned. Consumers are rewarding brands that are authentic and sincere in their ability to advocate around specific issues resulting in doing good and doing good business. Our esteemed panelists will spotlight how they are driving social impact initiatives to achieve gender equality and intersectionality.

GEENA & FRIENDSPresented by L’Oréal Paris and Maybelline New York
Saturday May 5, 12:00PM–1:00PM, Record North
Featuring: Geena Davis, Meg Ryan, and others!

Join BFF Co-Founder and Academy Award-winner Geena Davis for a mind-bending session of role-reversal, as she and some celebrity guests explore the idea still mystifying to some that complicated and interesting characters are not gender specific. Equity on screen can be achieved simply by changing the gender of a character, without changing any dialogue.

Saturday, May 5, 11:00am-2:30pm, The Meteor, Free and Open to the Public

Saturday, May 5, 3:00-4:00pm, Record North
Featuring: will.i.am 

will.i.am discusses the creation of, and the social justice issues featured in “Masters of the Sun,”  as well as a publishing industry first – franchise extensions of a novel via Augmented and Virtual Reality versions, that feature all-star casts and original musical scores. Attendees are encourage to attend the Masters of the Sun VR experience prior to the conversation.