Jessica Alba, Cynt Marshall, Alexis McGill Johnson, Loretta J. Ross, Katie Stanton and Constance Wu Among Those Taking the Stage at the Iconic Event

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–MAKERS, a Yahoo media brand and community dedicated to accelerating equity for women in the workplace and beyond, today announced the initial talent lineup for The 2022 MAKERS Conference. The conference will take place October 24th-26th, returning to the Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort, in Dana Point, California.

The MAKERS stage is a unique place, uniting unsung heroes and influential leaders with personal storytelling that catalyzes change. Aptly themed “Making the Future,” this year’s conference will spotlight representation, racial justice, reproductive rights, workplace equity, what’s next for women in Hollywood, new models for equality in sports, and more, developing the blueprint for a diverse, inclusive and better tomorrow for all.

MAKERS will welcome dozens of influential and inspiring leaders to the stage, including: Founder and Chief Creative Officer of The Honest Company, Jessica Alba; former All-American Girls Professional Baseball League Player and inspiration behind Amazon Prime Video’s television series A League of Their Own, Maybelle Blair; Social Change Strategist and Organizer, Heather Booth; President of EMILY’s List, Laphonza Butler; 17-year-old Founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks, Marley Dias; Author of National Bestseller Essential Labor, Angela Garbes; Contemporary American Life Documentarian, Immy Humes; Directors of HBO’s The Janes, Tia Lessin and Emma Pildes; Award-Winning Educator, Dr. Nadia Lopez; CEO of the Dallas Mavericks, Cynt Marshall; President and CEO of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Alexis McGill Johnson; the youngest African American accepted to Medical School and Founder of Brown STEM Girls, Alena Analeigh McQuarter; National Women’s Soccer League Player, Carson Pickett; U.S. Congresswoman, Katie Porter; Writer and Founder of Protect the Sacred, Allie Redhorse Young; Co-Founder of SisterSong, Human Rights Activist, and Smith College Professor, Loretta J. Ross; Social Media Sex Educator, Sriha Srinivasan; Founder and General Partner of Moxxie Ventures, Katie Stanton; Executive Producer of Marvel Studios’ Ms. Marvel, Sana Amanat and Actor and Ms. Marvel star, Iman Vellani; Navajo/Mexican American screenwriter and showrunner (Rutherford Falls), Sierra Teller Ornelas, Actor, Author and Producer Constance Wu. The USA Artistic Swimming Team will also appear at the MAKERS Conference to debut a brand new routine. More speakers will be announced at a later date.

“As the world changes at a pace faster than ever before, it’s on us as leaders to accelerate the fight for equality and to create a more inclusive future for all. Showing solidarity and allyship in the workplace has never been more critical than it is today, and The MAKERS Conference is a place where conversations lead to real change,” said Alicin Williamson, Chief Diversity and Culture Officer, Yahoo.

The MAKERS Conference, now in its eighth year, is a global leadership event that convenes the most powerful names across industries to explore ways to advance equality and take action. This three-day experience inspires people to action via provocative conversations from diverse voices and compelling storytelling.

Sponsors of the 2022 conference include 23andMe, Mattel, Morgan Stanley, Meta, and PwC, with lululemon as the official wellness sponsor.

The 2022 MAKERS Conference will also welcome back members from the powerful MAKERS board ­– a network of companies who are celebrating and empowering their employees by partnering with MAKERS. 2022 MAKERS partners include: 23andMe, Accenture, Ad Council, Cognizant, Hilton, Kaiser Permanente, L’Oreal, lululemon, Mattel, McKinsey & Company, Meta, Morgan Stanley, P&G, PwC, Rich Talent Group, Sleep Number, Sony Music Group, The Hanover Insurance Group, The Trade Desk, UBS, UM, and Zenith Media.

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MAKERS is a media and community-focused Yahoo brand that exists to accelerate equity for women in the workplace and beyond by forging purposeful partnerships and sharing stories that ignite passion, drive action, and make change. With live events, a powerful partnership program, Emmy-nominated documentaries and award-winning digital content, MAKERS has been uniting change agents in every industry around the issues that matter most for ten years. For more information, visit

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Courtnee Coburn