Variety Celebrates Hollywood's Most Philanthropic and Inspiring Women at the 9th Installment of Variety's Power of Women Event Presented by Lifetime

September 25, 2015

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Honorees at the October 9th Event Include Salma Hayek Pinault, Anna Kendrick, Gwyneth Paltrow, Oprah Winfrey, and Susan Wojcicki

Variety is pleased to announce the honorees for the ninth installment of Variety’s Power of Women luncheon at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons on October 9, 2015. The event, in partnership with Lifetime Television, gathers an intimate group of Hollywood’s most philanthropic women who have been selected as Variety’s “Lifetime Impact Honorees.” Through their humanitarian efforts, these women have made a significant difference in their chosen causes. Variety’s Power of Women event is tied to its annual Women’s Impact Report, which profiles the most impactful women working in the entertainment industry this year. Each of the honorees will be featured on the front cover of the Women’s Impact issue of Variety on October 6th.

This year’s honorees include Academy Award® and Golden Globe® nominated actress Salma Hayek Pinault (CHIME FOR CHANGE), Tony Award® and Academy Award® nominated actress Anna Kendrick (The Trevor Project), Academy Award® and Golden Globe® winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow (L.A. Kitchen), Academy Award® and Golden Globe® nominated actress and media mogul Oprah Winfrey (Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation), and YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki (Room to Read).

The Power of Women event, which expanded two years ago to include a New York City luncheon in the spring, is now in its seventh year. Variety is, once again, pleased to have the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) as its charity partner for this event. EIF will match the Variety Foundation’s donations to each of this year’s honorees’ charities.

“The Entertainment Industry Foundation is proud to join forces with the Variety Foundation to honor these amazing women and the charitable organizations they dedicate their time and support to,” said Lisa Paulsen, president and CEO of the Entertainment Industry Foundation. “The work done by Anna, Gwyneth, Oprah, Salma and Susan through their philanthropic efforts has affected the lives of many in diverse and meaningful ways; they each offer an inspiring example of the entertainment community’s ability to make a difference.”

“The women we are honoring this year are the perfect embodiment of the Power of Women initiative,” said Michelle Sobrino-Stearns, Publisher, Variety. “We salute Salma Hayek Pinault, Anna Kendrick, Gwyneth Paltrow, Oprah Winfrey and Susan Wojcicki for their incredible philanthropic work and their personal commitment to fostering change. We look forward to collaborating once more with our dynamic partner Lifetime who has been a real force alongside Variety in championing the efforts of our esteemed honorees.”

This year, Variety will be adding a new honor to the program. The EmPOWerment Award will be given to Chairman and CEO of Twentieth Century Fox Film, Jim Gianopulos. “This award is being given to an individual who empowers and creates opportunities for women to succeed in the entertainment business,” said Claudia Eller, Co-Editor-In-Chief, Variety. “With so many of the division heads at Fox being strong, influential women, we could think of no one better to give the award to than Jim Gianopulos. Between Stacey Snider, Emma Watts, Elizabeth Gabler, Vanessa Morrison, Nancy Utley, and Claudia Lewis, among others, Fox empowers more women in top management positions than any other movie studio and for that we are honored to recognize Jim and his team at Fox for this significant achievement.”

"We are incredibly proud of our longstanding partnership with Variety as we continue to celebrate women’s contributions to our industry and beyond. As an industry leader, Lifetime has championed what matters most in women’s lives through Emmy Award-winning programs and initiatives, including our latest effort, Broad Focus, ensuring women are in positions of leadership both behind and in front of the camera. Variety’s Power of Women event reaffirms the importance of recognizing the voices that create positive change for all of us and open our world to all its potential,” said Nancy Dubuc, President and CEO, A+E Networks.

The exclusive luncheon will host five hundred invite-only guests comprised of Hollywood insiders, who will come to celebrate, support and pay tribute to the philanthropic efforts of these incredible and inspirational women. The afternoon will also include VIP pre- and post-ceremony cocktail receptions with an interactive “Philanthropy Bazaar” designed to engage guests with the featured charities and participating brand sponsors.

Variety’s 2015 Power of Women event is presented by Lifetime Television and sponsored by Audi, Frederique Constant, Moroccanoil and Saint Vintage. Audi will be showcasing the all-new 2016 TT Roadster to guests of the event and is providing transportation for honorees and presenters. Frederqiue Constant will be donating watches to each of the honoree’s charities to be auctioned off. Moroccanoil will be presenting their Inspiration to Action Award to Halo Foundation creator Rebecca Welsh and gifting Moroccanoil products to all guests.100 percent of all Saint Vintage sales during Power of Women’s Philanthropy Bazaar will be donated to cancer research. Saint Vintage will be selling its line in addition to gifting the honorees in the Saint Vintage Lounge backstage.

About Variety
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About A+E Networks
A+E Networks(R), LLC. is an award-winning, global media content company offering consumers a diverse communications environment ranging from television networks to websites, DVDs, gaming, watch apps and educational software. A+E Networks is comprised of A&E(R), Lifetime(R), History(R), LMN(R), FYI™, H2™, A+E Studios™, History en Espaňol™, Crime & Investigation Network™, Military History™, Lifetime Real Women(R), A&E IndieFilms(R), A+E Networks International(R), A+E Networks Digital(R) and A+E Networks Consumer Products™. A+E Networks channels and branded programming reach more than 350 million households in over 180 territories. A+E Networks, LLC. is a joint venture of Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst Corporation.

About Entertainment Industry Foundation
The Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), established in 1942, harnesses the collective power of the entire industry to generate awareness and funds for critical health, educational and social issues. Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C), EIF’s largest initiative, was established in 2008 by film and media leaders who utilize the industry’s resources to engage the public in supporting a new, collaborative model of cancer research, and to increase awareness about cancer prevention as well as progress being made in the fight against the disease. SU2C accelerates research to get new therapies to patients quickly. Since its founding seven years ago, SU2C has launched 16 collaborative “Dream Teams” comprising over 940 scientists from 123 leading institutions around the world. That research, including 151 planned, initiated or completed clinical trials, has led to Food and Drug Administration approval of two new treatments. In just 15 months, Hunger Is, EIF’s collaboration with The Safeway Foundation, has significantly raised awareness of childhood hunger in the United States and over $10 Million to support breakfast, afterschool and out-of-school meal programs.

About Audi
Audi of America, Inc. and its U.S. dealers offer a full line of German-engineered luxury vehicles. AUDI AG is among the most successful luxury automotive brands globally. The Audi Group delivered over 1,741,000 vehicles to customers globally in 2014, and broke all-time company sales records for the 5th straight year in the U.S. Through 2019, AUDI AG plans to invest about 24 billion euros - 70 percent of the investment will flow into the development of new models and technologies. Visit or for more information regarding Audi vehicles and business topics.

About Frederique Constant
Frederique Constant is a family owned watch manufacturer based in Plan-les-Ouates, Geneva, Switzerland. The company is involved in all stages of watch production, from initial design, to final assembly and quality control. Frederique Constant develops, manufactures, and assembles in-house calibers, 19 different versions since 2004. Frederique Constant watches are defined by their high quality and differentiation and precision in design and manufacturing. Their perceived value, through quality of design, materials, and manufacture, is a key component of their success. Each watch is assembled by hand, with the latest equipment and extensive controls, to ensure maximum quality and durability. The company embraces innovation to offer creativity and exceptional value. Its 32,000 square foot facility in Geneva is ultra modern and offers the best environment for its passionate watchmakers. For more information, please visit our website

About Moroccanoil
A story of success, an impulse for innovation and a relentless pursuit of simple, high-performing oil-infused beauty products fashioned an iconic brand: Moroccanoil. As the pioneer of oil-infused hair care, our original MoroccanoilTreatment created the worldwide buzz on argan oil and paved the way for an extensive line of premium oil-infused hair care products to address the needs of all hair types. By popular demand, Moroccanoil has since continued to innovate and extend the line to include Moroccanoil Body™, a luxurious oil-infused collection inspired by the sea, sand, breeze and scents of the Mediterranean. Featuring proprietary formulas that rejuvenate and replenish,Moroccanoil Body™ leaves skin nourished, naturally radiant and irresistibly beautiful. Born within the last decade, Moroccanoil is available in over 60 countries worldwide. Moroccanoil products are available at fine salons, spas and now online. For more information, visit us at For daily behind-the-scenes content, follow Moroccanoil on Twitter and Instagram. Subscribe to our beauty tutorials on YouTube and join the conversation on Facebook!

About Saint Vintage
Saint Vintage: Jewelry with a purpose. Saint Vintage founder and two-time cancer survivor Paige Jansen-Nichols works fervently with her team to fund cancer research one piece of jewelry at a time by donating up to 50% of the proceeds to cancer research all year round. Saint Vintage takes pieces of the past and turns them into trendsetting treasures. Known for her hand crafted designs, Paige uses a combination of vintage and antique embellishments, along with semi-precious stones, Swarovski crystals, antique glass, vintage beads and antique pearls, crafting truly one of a kind bracelets, necklaces, earrings and rings. A number of celebrity fans have linked arms with the Atlanta-based brand, including Christina Applegate, Jaime King, Mindy Kaling, Zooey Deschanel, Giuliana Rancic and more—all in the name of finding a cure.

CHIME FOR CHANGE, founded by Gucci, is a global campaign to convene, unite and strengthen the voices speaking out for girls and women around the world, with a focus on using innovative approaches to raise funds and awareness for Education, Health and Justice projects. Through the power of crowdfunding, CHIME FOR CHANGE has funded more than 420 projects in 88 countries through 153 non-profit partners reaching hundreds of thousands of girls and women around the world. CHIME FOR CHANGE co-Founders Salma Hayek Pinault and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter continue to lead the campaign with its coalition of partner organizations. Founding Partners include the Kering Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Facebook, Hearst Magazines and Catapult. Strategic Partners include P&G Prestige, Twitter and Kellogg’s Special K. CHIME is powered by crowdfunding partners GlobalGiving and CrowdRise. The CHIME FOR CHANGE Advisory Board includes Hafsat Abiola, Muna AbuSulayman, Valerie Amos, Humaira Bachal, Jimmie Briggs, Gordon and Sarah Brown, Lydia Cacho, David Carey, Minh Dang, Juliet de Baubigny, Waris Dirie, Carolyn Everson, Helene Gayle, Leymah Gbowee, Yasmeen Hassan, Hung Huang, Arianna Huffington, Musimbi Kanyoro, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Lee Young-Ae, Madonna, Pat Mitchell, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Alyse Nelson, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, Francois-Henri Pinault, Julia Roberts, Jill Sheffield, Alison Smale, Jada Pinkett Smith, Peter Soer, Caryl Stern, Meryl Streep, the Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Mpho Tutu, Monique Villa and Yang Lan. To stay informed, visit

About L.A. Kitchen
L.A. Kitchen recovers fruits and produce that is often discarded for cosmetic reasons, and uses it to fuel a first of its kind inter-generational culinary training program for young men and women exiting foster care, and older citizens returning from prison. Healthy meals prepared by students and volunteers are distributed free of charge to nonprofit partners throughout Los Angeles. L.A. Kitchen also operates Strong Food, a for-profit company which hires graduates, buys locally grown products, and competes for contracts to serve healthy, ethnically diverse meals at senior service agencies, or that support Meals on Wheels programs.

About Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation
During a December 2000 visit with Nelson Mandela, Oprah pledged to build a school in South Africa. As that commitment broadened, she established The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy Foundation, to which she has contributed more than $100 million toward the creation of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls - South Africa. The Academy opened in January 2007 and currently serves grades 8 through 12. Located in a 28-building campus in Henley-on-Klip, the Leadership Academy is a state-of-the-art independent school that engenders high standards of academic achievement and service leadership for girls from all nine South African provinces who show outstanding promise despite their impoverished backgrounds and social circumstances. Her vision is that the Leadership Academy will help develop the future women leaders of South Africa. 2015 marks the 5th graduating class, with 100% of the students continuing on to higher education in colleges and universities in South Africa including The University of Witswatersrand (Johannesburg) and Rhodes University (Grahamstown) and University of Pretoria, and 20 students studying throughout the United States at prestigious colleges such as Stanford University, Skidmore College, Spelman College and Brown University. A College Fund has been established to support and encourage these young leaders, and those that will follow them, on their continuing journey.

About Room to Read
Founded in 2000 on the belief that World Change Starts with Educated Children®, Room to Read’s innovative model focuses on deep, systemic transformation within schools in low-income countries during two time periods which are most critical in a child’s schooling: early primary school for literacy acquisition and secondary school for girls’ education. We work in collaboration with local communities, partner organizations and governments to develop literacy skills and a habit of reading among primary school children and ensure girls can complete secondary school with the skills necessary to negotiate key life decisions. Room to Read has benefited 10 million children across 17,000 communities in Asia and Africa and aims to reach 15 million children by 2020. Learn more at

The Trevor Project
Founded in 1998 by the creators of the Academy Award®-winning short film TREVOR, The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ young people ages 13-24. Every day, The Trevor Project saves young lives through its accredited, free and confidential phone, instant message and text messaging crisis intervention services. A leader in suicide prevention, The Trevor Project offers the largest safe social networking community for LGBTQ youth, best practice suicide prevention educational trainings, resources for youth and adults, and advocacy initiatives. Learn more at

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