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(All Panels take place in the Ray Stark Family Theatre SCA 108)

       Saturday, October 6        

Panel #1 – 10:45am - 12:15pm:

Advocating for Diversity + Inclusion in Animation: Race, Gender Identity, Sexual Orientation, Disability + Age

A look at bias and discrimination taking place in the animation industry, and strategies for change. This panel draws on personal experience to discuss issues such as the lack of diversity in the workplace as well as harassment related to race, gender, sexual orientation and age.


Panel #2 – 1:30pm - 3:00pm:

Breaking Through the Boys' Club: Strategies for Positive Change in the Industry

With recent developments related to the #MeToo movement, this panel explores past and current sexual harassment taking place in the animation industry. Representing the television and feature film animation industry, panelists explore how to navigate the traditionally male environment and ideas on transforming the animation industry.

Panel #3 – 6:30pm - 8:00pm:

Screening + Panel: "The Women of Titmouse Animation: The Inbetweens of Education, Employment & Everyday Life"

Following a new short documentary, The Women of Titmouse Animation: The Inbetweens of Education, Employment & Everyday Life, this panel explores issues discussed in the film, including the role of mentors in career development and how to challenge the lack of representation in the animation industry. Panelists will share their experiences from the classroom to their career, offering advice to young animators.


Panel #4 – 10:30am - 11:30am:

Mindy Johnson An Invisible History - Trailblazing Women of Animation

Mindy Johnson, author of Ink & Paint: The Women of Walt Disney’s Animation, will discuss the historical role of women in the animation industry. Following her presentation will be a panel discussion with animation trailblazers, Enid Denbo Wizig and Jane Shattuck-Takamoto-Baer, who will offer their own perspectives on their careers in the 40s and 50s.




Panel #5 – 11:30am - 12:30pm:

WiA Panel: Next Gen World View

Hear the views of several NextGen filmmakers on inclusion, intersectionality and the near future when 75% of the workforce will be NextGen. The panel will dive deep into how the newest generation of animation leaders see identity and creative work and how that conversation is shaping content and changing the industry landscape. We’ll explore what each panelist is doing to influence that conversation, ultimately answering the question: Where does the next generation feel we need to head and what does that look like?



Panel #6 – 1:30pm - 3:00pm:

Teaching + Mentoring: Strategies for Positive Change in Academia

Faculty from USC, CalArts, UCLA, Woodbury University, Cal State Long Beach, and Loyola Marymount University discuss their strategies for positive change in education, and how to assist students in navigating the industry after graduation.




Panel #7 – 3:15pm - 4:45pm:

Navigating the Cutting Edge of New Media

Women working in games, VFX, VR, AR, projection mapping and installations share their experiences in these traditionally male-dominated careers. Panelists discuss obstacles and provide strategies when encountering male backlash and female stereotypes.

       Sunday, October 7