Viola Davis, winner of the Sherry Lansing Leadership Award, sat down with Brene Brown to discuss her accomplishments, the way the industry is changing and how she is finally being heard. Davis said, "I feel that my story, my understanding of people, my experiences, my vulnerability, my need to even embrace people, all of my feminine energy, is going to make me powerful. I think that's going to make me a game-changer."
Melissa McCarthy and Lupita Nyong'o came together for Variety's Actors on Actors to discuss their new roles, with McCarthy playing in drama "Can You Ever Forgive Me?" and Nyong'o in "Black Panther." McCarthy said the way women were portrayed in "Black Panther" was strong and fierce. "I brought my family the second day it opened, and I was so proud to have my girls, an 11- and an 8-year-old, see the world in which I want to live and also for them to watch the women portrayed in that movie," McCarthy said.
New leaders are often reluctant to relinquish certain tasks, but they should realize how the power of a team can accomplish so much more, writes Allen Pike. "When your team smashes a problem into bits, it's not literally you that did it, but you can get the deep satisfaction of smashing problems that are bigger and scarier than you could ever smash yourself," he writes.
As President Donald Trump gears up for 2020 election bid, the possibility of an oil price hike and stock market drops caused by his "America First" foreign policy could cause problems for his campaign. On Twitter, Trump has expressed several concerns about market-moving events.
The National Audubon Society is using satirical articles, a social media campaign dubbed #BirdsTellUs and digital marketing tactics to appeal to a younger audience. Elizabeth Sorrell, audience engagement vice president, says the nonprofit is also using infographics to educate followers on how to raise awareness and encourage donations from peers and family members.
The Clooney Foundation for Justice has launched TrialWatch, a global program that will evaluate the world's judicial systems and watch for abuses in court trials. "Governments get away too easily with imprisoning opposition figures, silencing critics and persecuting vulnerable groups through the courts," Amal Clooney says.
USA Gymnastics filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Wednesday. As part of the bankruptcy process, an automatic stay was placed on all litigation against the federation, which faces multiple lawsuits related to sexual abuse of athletes by Dr. Larry Nassar, the former team physician.
Social media are effective means for peer-to-peer fundraising efforts, with as many as 28% of donors saying they plan to give to a nonprofit again on a monthly or annual basis, according to OneCause and Edge Research. The report found that ease of use is the top reason people give through social media, followed by mission and impact.
The Roddenberry Foundation's biennial $1 million climate change prize went to four unique recipients this year, in a move that CEO Lior Ipp says empowers people to approach the issue in different ways. The prize has a climate change focus, but the work of the winners -- women's rights, reduction of food waste, education for girls and decreasing meat consumption -- is broad and focuses on how individuals can make a difference.
Black Women Who Brunch got together for a photoshoot with 62 women of color to show that there are many black women available to write in Hollywood. The networking group started with 12 members in 2014 and has grown to nearly 80 members. Erika L. Johnson said the group is proof against hearing people say they can't find black female writers.