The Time is Now

/The Time is Now

Discussion Event

The Time is Now

Saturday May 5th - 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Record North

Successful content creators and celebrity influencers are engaging with social impact issues more than ever. Consumers are supporting leaders who are sincere in their ability to advocate for specific issues that result in doing GOOD business. Our esteemed panelists will spotlight how they are driving social impact initiatives to achieve gender equality and intersectionality in media.


Alysia Reiner

Best known as “Fig" on ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, Alysia won a SAG award as part of the amazing ensemble cast, and is currently in production on Season 6. Her motherhood dark comedic feature EGG, which she produced and stars in with Christina Hendricks and Anna Camp, premiered at Tribeca 2018. Additionally Alysia produced and stared in EQUITY, bought/distributed by Sony Pictures Classics at Sundance 2016.
Reiner also plays SUNNY in F/X's Peadbody Award winning BETTER THINGS, D.A. PARKS on HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, and KIK on THE DUECE. Alysia loves working as a change maker for women and is passionately committed to protecting the environment (see!). This past year she has been honored with the VOICE OF A WOMAN AWARD, the MOVES POWER WOMAN AWARD, the PIONEER IN FILMMAKING AWARD, and the FOUNDERS AWARD FOR SUPPORT, as well as just receiving a MUSE MADE IN NY AWARD from The Mayor's office and NY Women in Film and Television.

Geena Davis

Geena Davis, Academy Award winner and one of Hollywood’s most respected actors, is recognized for her tireless advocacy of gender equality in media nearly as much as for her acting accomplishments. She is the Founder and Chair of the non-profit Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, which is successfully influencing film and television content creators to dramatically increase the percentages of female characters — and reduce gender stereotyping — in media targeting children 11 and under.

In 2015, Davis launched the Bentonville Film Festival (BFF), an unprecedented initiative in support of women and diversity in the entertainment industry and serves as it’s Co-Founder and Chair. BFF provides a platform to significantly boost the commercial value of content produced and starring minorities and women. This initiative is the only film festival to provide guaranteed theatrical, television, digital and home entertainment distribution for the winners.

In 2012, Davis was appointed Special Envoy for Women and Girls in ICT for the UN’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU). She is an official partner of UN Women, working toward their goal of promoting gender equality and empowering women worldwide. Davis is also the Chair of the California Commission on the Status of Women.

As an actor, Davis has appeared in several roles that have become cultural landmarks. Earning the 2006 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series Drama, Davis broke ground in her portrayal of the first female President of the United States in ABC’s hit show “Commander in Chief.”

In 1989, Davis received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Lawrence Kasdan’s The Accidental Tourist. She was again nominated for an Academy Award and Golden Globe for her performance as Thelma in Ridley Scott’s Thelma and Louise. Davis went on to receive a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress for her work in A League of Their Own. Other credits include iconic films such as Tootsie, The Fly, Beetlejuice, The Long Kiss Goodnight, and Stuart Little.

Few have achieved such remarkable success in as many different fields as Davis has: she is not only an award winning actor, but a world-class athlete (at one time the nation’s 13th-ranked archer, and a semi-finalist in the Olympic Trials), and a member of the genius society Mensa. Davis holds honorary degrees from Boston University, Bates College and New England College.

Stephanie Beatriz Bischoff

A versatile actress who thrives in both comedy and drama, Stephanie Beatriz is quickly making a name for herself in television and film.

Beatriz can currently be seen in Fox's critically acclaimed series “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” as Detective Rosa Diaz. Indie Wire has called Beatriz “a standout even in a cast crowded with very funny people,” and Bustle said, “Beatriz has managed to turn what could have been a one-note character... into someone intriguing and deep, an integral part of a well-oiled comedic machine. Great character. Great performance.” In 2014, the show won the Golden Globe for “Best Television Series - Comedy or Musical.” It has also been nominated for a number of awards in the category of “Best Ensemble/ Best Comedy Series” including the Television Critics Association Awards, American Comedy Awards, People's Choice Awards, and Satellite Awards. The show’s fifth season will air this fall.

Beatriz has also been nominated for multiple awards in the category of “Best Supporting Actress in Television/Comedy Series” including the Imagen Awards and Online Film & Television Association, and “Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series” in the SAG Awards. In 2014, Latina Magazine included Beatriz in their Hollywood Hot List.

On the big screen, Beatriz can be seen in the drama “You’re Not You” opposite Hilary Swank and Josh Duhamel, Netflix’s “Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday,” and most recently “Ice Age: Collision Course.”

In 2013, Beatriz was seen in the film “Short Term 12” opposite Brie Larson and John Gallagher Jr. The critically acclaimed drama was nominated for “Best Picture” at a number of film festivals including San Diego, Phoenix, Detroit, Seattle, and at the Georgia Film Critics Society Awards. In 2017 she will star in the independent drama “The Light Of The Moon,” which won the coveted Audience Award at SXSW this year and will release in theatres this fall.

Natalie Morales

Natalie Morales is an actress, writer, filmmaker and activist.
When not behind the camera shooting music videos for the likes of indie wunderkinds like Holly Miranda and Andrew Bird, Natalie's work can be found on several popular television shows and films. Most recently she starred in Battle of the Sexes, playing tennis pro Rosie Casals opposite Emma Stone and Steve Carell.
Natalie starred on the Fox comedy The Grinder, Trophy Wife on ABC, as well as the USA series White Collar and the ABC Family series, The Middleman. She also created, directed and stars alongside Michaela Watkins, Martin Starr and Paget Brewster in the Funny or Die series James Joyce's Love Letters.
She recurred on the award-winning Aaron Sorkin HBO series The Newsroom, as well as HBO's Girls and NBC's Parks & Recreation. Her recent roles include HBO's Crashing, FOX's Making History, and NBC's action comedy Powerless. She also voices "Yolanda Buenaventura" on Netflix's popular animated series, BoJack Horseman.
She's currently starring in Netflix's series Santa Clarita Diet, where she is reunited with her Going the Distance co-star, Drew Barrymore. She recently directed an episode of HBO's Room 104 as well as a few episodes of Go90's hit series, Mr. Student Body President. Natalie is a proud member of Everytown for Gun Safety's Creative Council.