On Friday, May 19, 21st Century Fox launched “Women@Fox,” a group focused on fostering female leadership and initiatives that fuel the professional development of women across 21CF. Women@Fox began on the Fox lot in Los Angeles, with developing plans to roll out diversity and inclusion efforts across the entire company, beginning in North America.
An estimated 1,000 people, including 21CF Executive Chairman Lachlan Murdoch, attended the event, which featured participation from across the company, including Twentieth Century Fox Film Chairman and CEO Stacey Snider, and Twentieth Century Fox Television Chairman and CEO Dana Walden, who participated in a panel moderated by FX Networks and FX Productions Development EVP Gina Balian.
When asked for a piece of advice they would offer to women, Stacey said, “Whatever position you might be in…go a little bit further. Consider what the bigger mandate of your business is and try to see how you can really contribute to that mandate.”
“Make your boss’ life easier…While you’re doing your job to the best of your ability, how can you also enable [your bosses] to do their jobs?” Dana asked. She then recounted an experience earlier in her career: “A woman named Lucie Salhany…who became the first chairman of a broadcast network [in 1993 at Fox Broadcasting Company]. Prior to Lucie, I had never seen a woman boss…and it made me look at myself and imagine myself one day in a leadership role.”
In addition, the event featured remarks from Twentieth Century Fox Television CIO Alex Grimwade; Fox Diversity and Inclusion SVP, MyKhanh Shelton; and Twentieth Century Fox EVP of Tech and Creative Strategy, Cristina Mancini.
MyKhanh told the crowd, “Diversity is really great for business…teams with different perspectives, backgrounds, and frameworks to see the world are better positioned to identify and solve the most complex problems of our day. And at Fox, we tell the stories of our time. [We need those stories to be told by a] wide range of voices and perspectives.”
Women@Fox is an expansion of the employee resources available to all levels within 21CF, from those just entering the industry and beginning their careers, to women rising through the ranks, to senior executives looking to transform their teams while mentoring the next generation. Check out photos and a video from the event below.