SALESFORCE-SF | 02.24.2017 | RINCON CENTER, 1st Floor Cafe
5:30 PM Light Reception
6:00 PM Program Starts
Symposium on Equity in the
Hosted/Sponsored by Salesforce
ABOUT THE EVENT
Getting Played: who's playing you?! is Kathleen Tarr's 2010 documentary that introduces the question of representation in entertainment media to a diverse group of writers, performers, directors, producers, psychologists, lawyers, and academics. An annual symposium of the same name is in its third year at Stanford University and continues to invite a dialogue between disciplines about experiences and solutions. Getting PlayedX debuts at Salesforce's headquarters in San Francisco and hopes to engage an even broader audience in conversation.
Tony Prophet is chief equality officer of Salesforce. He leads the company’s equality initiatives, focusing on gender, LGBTQ and racial equality to ensure that Salesforce reflects the diversity of the communities it serves. He is a member of the company’s executive committee, reporting to Chairman and CEO Marc Benioff.
Prior to joining Salesforce, Prophet served as Microsoft's corporate vice president of Education Marketing, where he defined the Microsoft Education business model, channel and market strategy. He was co-executive sponsor of Blacks at Microsoft (BAM) and founding executive of BlackLight, an organization empowering black marketers at Microsoft. Prior to Microsoft, he led operations for HP’s Printing & Personal Systems business as a senior vice president. He also held executive positions at United Technologies Corporation (UTC), Honeywell and was a partner at Booz Allen Hamilton. Prophet serves on the board of directors of Gannett and is chairman of the Transformation Committee.
Throughout his career, Prophet has worked as a champion for human rights and social justice, including protecting the rights of young workers, educating female workers on health issues in developing countries, improving schools for children of migrant workers and addressing the root causes of migratory worker flows. He is also passionate about community service, focusing on ensuring low-income teens get college educations, as well as improving health care for children and HIV-positive women in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Prophet holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Industrial Engineering from Kettering University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Tony ProphetSPECIAL GUEST
Throughout his career, Tony Prophet has worked as a champion for human rights and social justice. He currently serves as Chief Equality Officer of Salesforce, focusing on gender, LGBTQ, and racial equality as he leads the company’s equality initiatives to ensure that Salesforce reflects the diversity of the communities it serves. Prophet holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from Kettering University and MBA from Stanford GSB.
Linda Chuan is an Actor, Executive Producer, and Senior Director of Global Corporate Services & Strategic Sourcing at salesforce.com. You may have seen Linda in national commercials, print, and industrials. Her on-screen break came with a speaking role opposite Joan Chen and Matt Dillon in MGM's Golden Gate followed by other roles, most notably one directed by Spike Lee in the Showtime pilot Sucker Free City. Linda is also an Actors' Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA member.
Velina Brown is an award-winning actress, singer/songwriter, and director whose artistic home for several years has been the Tony and OBIE award-winning (never silent) San Francisco Mime Troupe. Velina has been a principal actor and guiding force for the world-famous company for over twenty years, touring nationally and internationally, helping create dozens of world premiere political musical dramas and comedies, each examining issues of peace, equality, or economic and social justice.
Dexter began his career in entertainment at 23 years old when he formed Dexter Davis Productions, a company that specialized in organizing creative fundraising events for non-profits in San Francisco. In 2000 started the boutique production company StoneCreek Entertainment. Davis expanded the company, changed the name to D Street Media Group and relocated to Europe to learn first-hand the global film business.
Founder & CEO of Represent, a nonprofit working to reach equal media representation in film, television, & theater for people of color, women, the LGBT community, folks with disabilities, and all those who live at intersections of these identities. Ms. Gresham founded Represent during her tenure as a Teach For America corps member where she taught 6th grade reading for three years before matriculating to law school. In 2015, Ms. Gresham earned her J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law.
Adam Leipzig has been a producer, distributor or supervising executive on more than 30 films that have disrupted expectations, including A Plastic Ocean (2016), March of the Penguins (2005), Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989), Dead Poets Society (1989) and Titus (1999). His movies have won or been nominated for 10 Academy Awards, 11 BAFTA Awards, 2 Golden Globes, 2 Emmys, 2 Directors Guild Awards, 4 Sundance Awards and 4 Independent Spirit Awards.
Peter Soby is a film writer/producer and a C5/C6 quadriplegic due to a spinal cord injury at the age of 19. He is proud to represent the disabled community in many different aspects of the arts and entertainment industries. Peter is working alongside fellow filmmaker and disability advocate, Tracie Laymon, on their venture called Able Talent, building a platform to manage, advocate and promote disabled talent to and for the entertainment industry, including a database.
Kathleen Tarr is a lawyer, filmmaker, writer, performer, and lecturer in Stanford's Program in Writing and Rhetoric. She served in the "legal peace corps" as a Skadden Fellow representing disabled veterans prior to working for Legal Aid and continues to assist veterans with claims before the Department of Veterans Affairs. Kathleen delivered the General Session at the 2015 State Bar of California Annual Meeting, Delights, Diversions, and Discriminations: The Bias and Business of Show.
Lily Tung CrystalPanelist
Lily Tung Crystal is an actor/singer and the founding artistic director of Ferocious Lotus Theatre Company, which is committed to working with professional Asian American theatre artists. More than diversity, Ferocious Lotus promotes “reality”—the reality that our neighborhoods comprise people of all races, cultures and backgrounds, and that theatre should represent that reality.
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